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For Carolina Hurricanes standards, going 2-2-0 and scoring multiple goals in 2 games is pretty freakin' hot. You have to remember this is the team that went the entire month of December with only 3 wins and only 3 games with more than 1 goal scored. I guess we have to take what we can get, but at the same time hope we don't get a lot, so we can stay in the McEichel race.

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Despite 1 glaring weakness, the Hurricanes had a pretty successful week when you look at the stats.  They tied for 1st in Penalty Kill Percentage with 100%.  They were 2nd in the league with a 0.936 Save Percentage and tied for 2nd with 34 Takeaways.  Carolina was 3rd in Goals Against Average and top 10 in Shots Against, Hits, Blocks and Giveaways.  Their PP, Shots For and Faceoff Percentage only ranked average, but those numbers weren't bad.  The only category they failed in was one of the most important, Goals per Game.  1.50 Goals per Game ranked 29th in the league and simply will not get it done in the NHL.  There are just too many players that are in a funk right now, they and the coaching staff need to come up with a plan to put more goals on the board.  This team isn't great, but they have more talent that a goal a game.  Here are the stats for 12/31/14 through 1/6/15.

Canes Weekly Stats

Player

GP

TO/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

Tka

FO%

Eric Staal

4

19:28

3

1

4

E

2

11

2

3

1

4

50.0

Justin Faulk

4

25:44

1

2

3

-4

0

14

8

4

2

1

Elias Lindholm

4

17:29

0

2

2

E

2

13

4

2

0

2

Brad Malone

4

8:15

1

1

2

1

7

4

15

0

0

0

Jordan Staal

3

18:43

0

1

1

-1

2

5

2

3

0

1

50.0

Jay McClement

4

11:23

0

1

1

1

6

5

2

3

0

2

53.7

Jiri Tlusty

4

15:48

0

1

1

-1

2

8

9

3

1

2

0

Zach Boychuk

2

6:06

0

1

1

1

0

0

2

1

0

1

Patrick Dwyer

4

13:24

1

0

1

-1

2

4

12

2

0

1

Victor Rask

4

18:21

0

1

1

-2

2

8

3

2

1

3

46.7

Andrej Sekera

4

24:36

0

0

0

-3

0

5

3

6

5

2

Tim Gleason

3

17:05

0

0

0

1

0

2

5

6

1

0

Ryan Murphy

4

17:22

0

0

0

1

0

6

0

2

1

3

Nathan Gerbe

4

17:41

0

0

0

-1

2

10

2

3

1

3

50.0

Riley Nash

4

15:50

0

0

0

-2

0

5

2

4

1

5

44.4

Chris Terry

4

12:12

0

0

0

-2

0

3

4

0

1

1

100

Michal Jordan

1

12:07

0

0

0

E

0

0

0

3

0

0

Jeff Skinner

3

16:44

0

0

0

-2

0

4

3

0

0

2

50.0

Ron Hainsey

4

21:29

0

0

0

-2

2

1

5

4

1

1

Brett Bellemore

4

15:09

0

0

0

1

2

4

15

8

0

0

Goalie

GP

GS

W

L

OTL

Shots

GA

Sv

Sv %

GAA

Ev Sv %

PP Sv %

Anton Khudobin

1

1

1

0

0

20

1

19

.950

0.92

.941

1.000

Cam Ward

3

3

1

2

0

89

6

83

.933

2.03

.925

1.000


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

Murphy

4

51.6

48.4

55.7

52.9

24

18

Gleason

3

42.5

38.8

53.2

50.0

14

21

Tlusty

4

54.1

55.1

52.4

55.0

24

14

Rask

4

57.0

55.6

52.3

51.6

26

18

Sekera

4

53.2

50.7

51.4

51.5

27

38

Gerbe

4

44.8

43.3

51.3

50.9

22

21

Faulk

4

52.8

52.8

50.3

52.3

35

41

J. Staal

3

58.5

57.5

50.0

52.3

21

25

Terry

4

46.1

44.4

49.4

47.3

14

14

Dwyer

4

38.7

39.1

47.8

51.1

15

21

E. Staal

4

57.2

56.1

47.7

50.0

25

25

Malone

4

45.5

50.0

47.4

51.1

8

9

McClement

4

37.8

38.9

47.1

50.0

12

20

Lindholm

4

56.5

59.3

46.7

50.6

26

27

Nash

4

43.1

43.4

43.8

44.2

19

23

Skinner

3

56.4

54.1

43.7

41.7

17

15

Hainsey

4

36.9

39.4

43.4

47.5

24

30

Bellemore

4

41.7

47.4

40.9

46.9

17

20

Boychuk

2

31.8

33.3

35.7

40.0

3

2

Jordan

1

25.0

25.0

22.7

25.0

1

2


Weekly Studs

Eric Staal – Say what you want about Eric Staal, he’s not a good leader, he doesn’t earn his contract, he pouts too much.  Whatever your opinion of him is, evidence still points to him being Carolina’s best and most dangerous offensive player.  He even won a game for the Canes in a shootout!  This week, he led the team in goals & points, was 2nd in takeaways and 3rd in shots on goal.  Whether it’s the switch to LW beside his brother, finally feeling 100% or just his typical new year charge, Eric is playing the way we expect him to play.  He’s looking more to put the puck on net and good things are happening for him.  The past week or two look a lot more like the Eric Staal from a couple years ago and the team needs that guy back.

Brad Malone – I chastised Malone last week for not providing much beyond hitting and he responded.  He scored his first goal as a Hurricane, added his first assist as a Hurricane and tied for the team lead in hits despite averaging less than 9 minutes a game.  I still don’t believe Malone is an everyday player, but he was quite useful this week.  And if Carolina eventually trades Jay McClement, Malone seems to have the faceoff ability to fill the 4th line center role if necessary.  I guess it would be a downgrade, due to McClement’s PK ability, but we’re not exactly fighting for playoff position.

Jordan Staal –Jordan has only played in 4 games and the Canes haven’t scored more than 2 goals in any of those games, but he has made a difference.  He only has 2 assists on the season, but he has been solid in both ends of the ice and seems to have helped get his brother to another level.  Probably the most obvious difference he’s made though has been him parking his body in front of goalies.  You could argue that both PP goals against Nashville were due to Jordan, yet he didn’t register an assist on either.  This is a different team with Jordan in the lineup and while it isn’t enough to get the Canes over the edge, he definitely appears to be a key part of the future.

Weekly Duds

Jeff Skinner – Skinner continues to be mired in a slump and is not really doing much of anything to help the team out.  He’s not scoring, he’s hardly getting any pucks on net and continues to make wrong decisions in his own zone.  Jeff really could be the most talented player on this roster.  Watching him at times is simply magical and other times pure frustration.  Finding him the right line mates is extremely difficult and he his defensive zone play has never really progressed in his 5 years in the league.  The type of player he is, he’ll never be a great defensive player, but he needs to figure out how to get on the scoresheet on a more consistent basis.

Nathan Gerbe –Much like Skinner, Gerbe has been in a major offensive slump recently.  He has not registered a point in 8 games and his shot totals have taken a nice dip from earlier in the season.  Gerbe does other things on the ice and always seems to bring an A-level effort, but this team needs more from him.  This team is expecting him to be more than he is right now.  Gerbe currently has his worst goals per game average of his career while average the highest time on ice of his career.  Gerbe brings a lot to this team, but a new contract comes with expectations and he needs to break out of his scoring slump.

Zach Boychuk/Chris Terry/Michal Jordan – I know I probably catch some flak for this from the many people who wanted to give these guys NHL shots.  But I think we’re seeing why these players have spent so much of their pro careers in the AHL.  They have flashes that make you think they can put it together, but there is something that holds them back and consistency is never there.  Boychuk will likely be waived when someone comes back from injury and I believe he’ll make it through and back to Charlotte.  Terry will probably stay up with the big club due to his very high AHL salary, but he seems to be a situational player at best.  And MJ, he has heart, but I just don’t see this guy as a NHL player unless it’s an emergency situation and you don’t have any other options.  These guys speak to the Canes biggest problem over the years, a lack of depth.  They’re really good AHL players, but their games just don’t translate to the NHL.  That happens with players, but it seems more common in Carolina and I’m wondering if a change down in Charlotte is needed for our other prospects.

Weekly Team Stats

Goals Per Game

Goals Against Per Game

Ranking

Team

G/PG

Ranking

Team

GA/PG

1.

NY Rangers

5.50

1.

NY Rangers

1.50

2.

St. Louis

5.33

2.

Vancouver

1.67

3.

Dallas

4.75

3.

Carolina

1.75

4.

Los Angeles

4.50

T4.

Colorado

2.00

5.

Nashville

4.33

T4.

St. Louis

2.00

6.

Tampa Bay

4.00

T5.

Boston

2.33

T7.

Columbus

3.50

T5.

Detroit

2.33

T7.

Washington

3.50

T5.

Montreal

2.33

9.

Montreal

3.33

T5.

Ottawa

2.33

29.

Carolina

1.50

T10.

Calgary

2.50

Shots Per Game

Shots Against Per Game

Ranking

Team

S/PG

Ranking

Team

SA/PG

1.

Chicago

42.3

1.

Detroit

20.0

2.

St. Louis

38.0

2.

Los Angeles

20.5

3.

NY Rangers

36.5

3.

Tampa Bay

21.0

4.

Los Angeles

35.0

4.

Calgary

22.0

T5.

Detroit

33.0

5.

NY Islanders

22.3

T5.

Pittsburgh

33.0

6.

NY Rangers

22.5

T7.

Dallas

31.5

7.

New Jersey

23.8

T7.

Tampa Bay

31.5

8.

St. Louis

25.3

9.

Anaheim

31.3

9.

Carolina

27.3

16.

Carolina

28.0

10.

Boston

27.7

PowerPlay Percentage

Penalty Kill Percentage

Ranking

Team

PP %

Ranking

Team

PK %

1.

NY Rangers

66.7

T1.

Carolina

100

T2.

St. Louis

42.9

T1.

Pittsburgh

100

T2.

Vancouver

42.9

3.

St. Louis

91.7

T4.

Arizona

37.5

T4.

NY Islanders

90.9

T4.

Nashville

37.5

T4.

Washington

90.9

T6.

Boston

33.3

6.

Vancouver

90.0

T6.

Washington

33.3

7.

Boston

88.9

T6

Winnipeg

33.3

8.

Philadelphia

84.6

9.

NY Islanders

31.3

T9.

Chicago

83.3

T17.

Carolina

20.0

T9.

NY Rangers

83.3

Hits

Blocked Shots

Ranking

Team

Hits

Ranking

Team

BkS

1.

Columbus

138

1.

NY Islanders

72

2.

Dallas

115

2.

Philadelphia

68

3.

Colorado

114

3.

Dallas

66

4.

Arizona

108

4.

Edmonton

65

5.

Philadelphia

103

5.

Colorado

64

6.

Buffalo

100

6.

Carolina

59

T7.

Carolina

98

7.

Buffalo

57

T7.

NY Islanders

98

T8.

Minnesota

54

9.

Winnipeg

94

T8.

Tampa Bay

54

T10.

Boston

91

T8.

Vancouver

54

Giveaways

Takeaways

Ranking

Team

GvA

Ranking

Team

TkA

1.

Los Angeles

11

1.

Edmonton

37

2.

NY Rangers

12

T2.

Carolina

34

3.

Detroit

14

T2.

Dallas

34

T4.

Arizona

18

4.

Colorado

31

T4.

Carolina

18

5.

Winnipeg

28

T6.

Montreal

19

6.

Philadelphia

27

T6.

Philadelphia

19

7.

Minnesota

26

T8.

Florida

20

T8.

Boston

25

T8.

New Jersey

20

T8.

Detroit

25

T10.

Columbus

21

T8.

NY Islanders

16

Team Faceoff Percentage

Team Save Percentage

Ranking

Team

FO %

Ranking

Team

Sv %

1.

Boston

59.3

1.

Colorado

0.942

2.

St. Louis

58.1

2.

Carolina

0.936

3.

Winnipeg

57.2

3.

Vancouver

0.935

4.

Buffalo

56.8

4.

NY Rangers

0.933

5.

Dallas

56.0

5.

Washington

0.925

6.

NY Islanders

54.8

6.

Ottawa

0.924

7.

Montreal

53.6

7.

Montreal

0.923

8.

Colorado

52.9

8.

St. Louis

0.921

9.

Washington

52.7

9.

Boston

0.916

16.

Carolina

48.9

10.

Edmonton

0.915


Former Canes Weekly Stats

Player

Team

GP

TOI/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

Tka

ASCF%

Cole

DAL

4

16:15

3

2

5

4

4

9

19

0

3

0

53.8

Ladd

WPG

3

19:42

3

2

5

2

6

9

9

1

1

2

55.4

Vrbata

VAN

2

16:29

2

1

3

E

0

4

2

1

1

1

51.7

Jokinen

FLA

3

15:05

0

1

1

1

0

8

2

2

2

0

52.3

McBain

LAK

2

15:47

0

1

1

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

67.3

Williams

LAK

2

16:27

1

0

1

1

0

4

1

0

0

1

67.2

Sutter

PIT

3

18:34

1

0

1

-3

0

8

4

2

3

1

50.4

Harrison

WPG

3

19:44

1

0

1

E

4

5

5

8

6

0

48.6

Seidenberg

BOS

3

21:25

0

0

0

-1

0

4

11

8

0

0

38.2

Sutter

MIN

2

8:15

0

0

0

-1

0

2

6

0

0

0

42.9

Carter

MIN

4

10:24

0

0

0

E

9

3

7

3

0

0

35.5

Malhotra

MTL

2

8:52

0

0

0

-1

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.9

Ruutu

NJD

4

11:26

0

0

0

-2

0

3

4

1

0

0

41.7

Adams

PIT

3

11:08

0

0

0

-1

0

2

15

0

0

0

43.8