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The Canes (except Justin Faulk) and the majority of the NHL had a 5 day break to recharge their batteries. The question was would the Canes solid January continue? I think they answered that against the Lightning by striking early and often.

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Carolina returned to action from the All-Star break having to face the top seed in the Eastern Conference, the Tampa Bay Lightning.  In the Hurricanes last 10 home games against Tampa Bay, they have only been victorious in 1 game.  Tampa was also the top scoring team in the league and had 3 of the top 20 point producers in the NHL.  But this night was destined to be different.  The Canes scored 22 seconds into the game and dominated play for the first 10 minutes.  Tampa called a timeout after getting down 2 and ratcheted up their play, but Carolina would go on to score 2 more times and take the 4-2 win.  The Hurricanes are now 7-2-1 this month and putting space between them and the last place teams.  We are now as close to 23rd in the NHL to 30th, so lottery chances are dwindling.  Now on to the stats for the week of 1/21/15 through 1/27/15.

Canes Weekly Stats

Player

GP

TO/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

Tka

FO%

Jordan Staal

1

18:05

0

2

2

2

2

1

1

0

0

4

40.0

Eric Staal

1

16:04

1

1

2

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

Justin Faulk

1

23:30

1

1

2

1

0

4

2

0

0

1

Nathan Gerbe

1

18:48

1

0

1

-1

2

3

0

0

1

0

Elias Lindholm

1

14:37

0

1

1

-1

0

1

0

0

0

0

100

Jiri Tlusty

1

17:55

1

0

1

1

0

2

1

0

0

0

Brett Bellemore

1

13:06

0

1

1

E

0

0

3

0

0

0

Andrej Sekera

1

21:15

0

0

0

2

0

1

1

2

2

1

Tim Gleason

1

19:28

0

0

0

E

0

2

1

4

0

0

Ryan Murphy

1

18:50

0

0

0

E

0

4

1

1

0

0

Jay McClement

1

12:28

0

0

0

E

0

0

1

2

0

1

45.5

Riley Nash

1

19:47

0

0

0

E

0

0

0

3

0

1

44.4

Brad Malone

1

9:12

0

0

0

E

2

0

0

0

0

0

Chris Terry

1

10:16

0

0

0

E

0

0

1

0

1

0

Patrick Dwyer

1

13:24

0

0

0

E

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

Victor Rask

1

14:08

0

0

0

-1

0

0

0

0

0

2

43.8

Jeff Skinner

1

14:24

0

0

0

E

0

2

1

0

1

1

Ron Hainsey

1

18:46

0

0

0

E

0

0

0

1

0

0

Goalie

GP

GS

W

L

OTL

Shots

GA

Sv

Sv %

GAA

Ev Sv %

PP Sv %

Anton Khudobin

1

1

1

0

0

30

2

28

.933

2.00

.963

1.000

Cam Ward

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

0

0


Weekly Advanced Stats

The chart is arranged by the highest 5 on 5 Close Corsi For Percentage.

Here is a little key to some of my abbreviations. AS – All Situations, 5C – 5 on 5 Close, CF% - Corsi For Percentage, FF% - Fenwick For Percentage, SF% - Shots For Percentage, OZst% - Offensive Zone Start Percentage, NZst% - Neutral Zone Start Percentage and DZst% - Defensive Zone Start Percentage. If you would like more advanced statistics, this information was collected from www.war-on-ice.com.

Player

GP

ASCF%

ASFF%

5CCF%

5CFF%

OZst

DZst

E. Staal

1

72.0

66.7

72.7

70.0

7

10

J. Staal

1

80.8

72.2

69.2

63.6

7

9

Tlusty

1

75.0

72.7

66.7

63.6

3

9

Lindholm

1

48.0

45.5

57.1

66.7

5

4

Murphy

1

54.1

53.8

46.7

45.5

9

5

Sekera

1

53.8

52.4

45.5

50.0

4

10

Gerbe

1

48.3

48.0

45.5

44.4

5

5

Faulk

1

56.7

54.2

45.5

50.0

5

10

Rask

1

42.3

41.7

44.4

50.0

5

3

Gleason

1

36.1

36.0

43.8

45.5

5

10

Skinner

1

38.5

27.8

25.0

22.2

6

2

Bellemore

1

12.5

11.8

16.7

22.2

1

4

Hainsey

1

10.7

9.5

15.4

18.2

1

9

Nash

1

28.1

28.6

8.3

10.0

5

6

McClement

1

20.0

27.3

0.0

0.0

2

7

Malone

1

26.3

30.8

0.0

0.0

1

3

Terry

1

6.3

0.0

0.0

0.0

1

2

Dwyer

1

17.4

21.4

0.0

0.0

2

7


Weekly Studs

Eric Staal – Eric continued his strong play with a 2 point night against the Lightning.  He scored his 9th goal in his past 12 games and made the outlet pass to Faulk on the Tlusty goal.  It was only 1 game this week, but Eric tied for the team lead in goals, points and +/-.  He also led the team in 5-on-5 Corsi Close at 72.7% and 5-on-5 Fenwick Close at 70.0%.  He finished 3rd in both categories in All Situations.  You can’t complain about his game lately, unless you’re hoping for the team to fail to get a better draft pick.

Jordan Staal – Jordan also continued his solid play, adding 2 assists for the second straight game.  He now has 8 points in 11 games and has really changed the way this team has played.  Jordan and his brother have created a real dynamic line that has led the Canes to a 7-3-1 record when Jordan plays.  But probably the most impressive thing by Jordan has been his ability to drive possession.  He led the team in All Situations Corsi at 80.8%!  He finished 2nd in 2 other categories and 3rd in the other, all while mainly going up against the most dangerous offensive line for the top scoring team in the league.

Justin Faulk – The Canes All-Star looked strong in his return to regular hockey.  Faulk had a goal and assist, giving him 4 points in his last 3 games.  His PP goal was a beauty with screens by the Staals and ended up being the game winner, his 4th game winner goal this season, tying for the team lead this season.  Faulk has now registered 9 goals this year, setting a new career high.  His 28 points are only 4 off his career best last season.  The only thing he really needs to work on is his play in his own zone and as a defenseman, that’s sort of important.  But this kid is coming up big and has a bright future in Raleigh.

Weekly Duds

Chris Terry – Terry has supposedly earned playing time over Semin and Nestrasil.  Given how poorly he’s looked in the past month, you have to wonder if Seven & Nesty ran over Coach Peters dog or something.  Terry hasn’t recorded a point since 12/20 and his highest possession number was 6.3% (he was at 0% in the 3 other categories).  I hate saying this, but Terry is the new Zach Boychuk.  He’s really good in the AHL, can put together a few quality games in the NHL, but doesn’t have nearly the consistency to be a regular NHLer.  This was one of the reasons I was not happy about the contract he signed this summer with the very high AHL salary.  It basically committed him to the NHL and for whatever reason management didn’t see he wasn’t a full-time NHL player.

Jeff Skinner – Skinner continues to run hot & cold and he is on another cold streak.  He hasn’t collected a point since 1/10 and hasn’t registered more than 3 SOG in a game since 12/29.  Skinner averaged 3.85 SOG/G last season and 3.31 SOG/G in his career.  His game is just not working right now and he needs to simplify by just shooting the puck when available, make good passes rather than over think things and work hard in his own zone.  I do need to give him credit for trying to improve his defensive game, he still has plenty of work to do, but you can tell he’s trying.  Maybe if Semin would take notice, he wouldn’t be sitting in upstairs.

The 4th line – The Canes 4th line has been playing really well lately, adding multiple goals this January.  But this game against Tampa was not one of their better ones.  They were completely dominated in the possession categories.  Every member of that line was at 0% in 5-on-5 Close Corsi & Fenwick.  They didn’t even get a SOG in the game.  I can’t complain too much because they have produce more than expected this month, but I would definitely like to see a little more.  They have it in them, so let’s hope they rebound against the Blues.

Weekly Team Stats

Goals Per Game

Goals Against Per Game

Ranking

Team

G/PG

Ranking

Team

GA/PG

T1.

Anaheim

5.00

T1.

Minnesota

1.00

T1.

Detroit

5.00

T1.

NY Islanders

1.00

T3.

Carolina

4.00

3.

Anaheim

1.50

T3.

Florida

4.00

T4.

Boston

2.00

T3.

Nashville

4.00

T4.

Carolina

2.00

T3.

NY Islanders

4.00

T4.

Chicago

2.00

T3.

Ottawa

4.00

T4.

Edmonton

2.00

T3.

San Jose

4.00

T4.

Montreal

2.00

T9.

Calgary

3.50

T4.

San Jose

2.00

T9.

Pittsburgh

3.50

T10.

Pittsburgh

2.50

Shots Per Game

Shots Against Per Game

Ranking

Team

S/PG

Ranking

Team

SA/PG

1.

Philadelphia

42.0

1.

Tampa Bay

22.0

T2.

Florida

41.0

2.

Calgary

22.5

T2.

NY Rangers

41.0

T3.

Los Angeles

24.0

4.

Toronto

40.0

T3.

Minnesota

24.0

5.

Nashville

39.0

T3.

Nashville

24.0

6.

NY Islanders

38.0

T3.

Pittsburgh

24.0

7.

Pittsburgh

32.5

T3.

Vancouver

24.0

8.

Calgary

32.0

8.

Anaheim

25.0

T9.

Colorado

30.0

T9.

Dallas

26.0

26.

Carolina

22.0

T17.

Carolina

30.0

PowerPlay Percentage

Penalty Kill Percentage

Ranking

Team

PP %

Ranking

Team

PK %

1.

San Jose

66.7

T1.

Anaheim

100

2.

Florida

60.0

T1.

Boston

100

T3.

Buffalo

50.0

T1.

Carolina

100

T3.

Chicago

50.0

T1.

Chicago

100

T3.

Nashville

50.0

T1.

Columbus

100

T3.

Philadelphia

50.0

T1.

Edmonton

100

7.

Pittsburgh

40.0

T1.

Florida

100

T8.

Carolina

33.3

T1.

Minnesota

100

T8.

NY Islanders

33.3

T1.

Nashville

100

T8.

NY Rangers

33.3

T1.

Philadelphia

100

Hits

Blocked Shots

Ranking

Team

Hits

Ranking

Team

BkS

1.

Pittsburgh

104

1.

Colorado

35

2.

Winnipeg

82

2.

Anaheim

32

3.

Columbus

60

3.

Calgary

31

4.

Philadelphia

49

4.

Winnipeg

29

T5.

Arizona

48

5.

Boston

27

T5.

Colorado

48

6.

NY Islanders

25

7.

NY Islanders

46

T7.

Buffalo

24

8.

Los Angeles

45

T7.

Pittsburgh

24

9.

Calgary

44

9.

Columbus

23

26.

Carolina

14

T14.

Carolina

15

Giveaways

Takeaways

Ranking

Team

GvA

Ranking

Team

TkA

1.

Boston

0

1.

Colorado

22

2.

Florida

3

2.

Calgary

19

3.

Chicago

4

3.

Anaheim

14

4.

Carolina

5

T4.

NY Rangers

13

T5.

Detroit

6

T4.

Pittsburgh

13

T5.

Washington

6

T6.

Carolina

11

7.

Dallas

7

T6.

NY Islanders

11

T8.

Philadelphia

8

T6.

Tampa Bay

11

T8.

Pittsburgh

8

T9.

Boston

10

T8.

Tampa Bay

8

T9.

Winnipeg

10

Team Faceoff Percentage

Team Save Percentage

Ranking

Team

FO %

Ranking

Team

Sv %

1.

NY Islanders

61.3

1.

NY Islanders

0.976

2.

Edmonton

57.6

2.

Minnesota

0.958

3.

Chicago

57.4

3.

Monteal

0.952

4.

Detroit

56.6

4.

Boston

0.944

5.

Tampa Bay

55.9

5.

Chicago

0.943

6.

Los Angeles

55.6

6.

Anaheim

0.940

7.

Calgary

55.5

7.

Carolina

0.933

8.

Colorado

54.4

8.

Edmonton

0.931

9.

Montreal

53.8

T9.

Arizona

0.929

T23.

Carolina

44.1

T9.

San Jose

0.929


Former Canes Weekly Stats

Player

Team

GP

TOI/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

Tka

ASCF%

Eaves

DAL

1

18:00

1

0

1

1

0

6

2

1

0

0

80.0

Jokinen

FLA

1

16:35

0

1

1

-2

0

0

1

0

0

0

53.3

Sutter

PIT

2

18:29

1

0

1

E

0

4

2

4

0

1

53.8

Ladd

WPG

2

17:05

0

1

1

E

4

4

7

2

0

0

49.1

Harrison

WPG

2

17:05

0

1

1

E

0

0

1

3

1

1

45.0

Seidenberg

BOS

1

21:53

0

0

0

-1

0

0

3

4

0

0

45.7

Williams

LAK

1

12:03

0

0

0

E

0

0

0

0

0

1

53.8

Carter

MIN

1

11:59

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

40.0

Malhotra

MTL

1

9:05

0

0

0

-1

0

1

0

1

0

0

15.0

Cullen

NSH

1

15:44

0

0

0

-1

0

4

0

0

0

0

71.4

Adams

PIT

2

12:29

0

0

0

1

0

2

10

1

0

0

64.1

Vrbata

VAN

1

19:14

0

0

0

E

0

1

0

0

0

1

68.4