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The NHL Trade deadline is only 5 days away and the Carolina Hurricanes only have 1 home game between now and then. So this potentially might be the last time we see a few players like Andrej Sekera, Jiri Tlusty, Pat Dwyer, etc. in the Candy Cane jerseys. If so, thank you guys for your service to the organization and good luck in the future. Maybe next week the Former Canes stats will grow?

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The Carolina Hurricanes had a pretty solid week, going 2-1-0 against 3 Eastern Conference teams.  They took care of business against the Leafs, displaying an excellent penalty kill.  They didn't allow 1 shot on goal in 4 Leaf PP opportunities.  They then traveled to Newark and while they weren't horrible, the Devils capitalized on early mistakes and held on rather easily.  The Canes came back to a icy Raleigh to play a team that might actually be fighting for a playoff spot, but you wouldn't know that by watching the game.  Except for a small 5 minute stretch, Carolina more or less dominated the Flyers and came away with the 4-1 victory.  The whole team played a part for a victory in Cam Ward's 500th career NHL game.  Now on to the stats for the week of 2/18/15 through 2/24/15.

Canes Weekly Stats

Player

GP

TO/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

Tka

FO%

Eric Staal

3

19:11

1

2

3

E

4

12

3

0

1

1

70.0

Justin Faulk

3

22:56

1

2

3

1

0

6

6

2

2

4

Alexander Semin

3

15:22

0

3

3

1

4

9

2

2

3

0

Jordan Staal

3

17:24

2

0

2

1

4

9

5

1

0

1

59.3

Jiri Tlusty

3

16:51

0

2

2

-1

0

5

1

3

0

0

Jeff Skinner

3

14:04

2

0

2

1

0

10

0

0

0

2

Elias Lindholm

3

16:05

0

1

1

-1

0

5

4

0

1

0

62.5

Jay McClement

3

14:04

1

0

1

E

0

3

1

3

0

2

60.5

Brad Malone

2

7:50

0

1

1

E

0

2

3

1

0

0

John-Michael Liles

2

16:47

0

1

1

-1

2

3

0

4

0

2

Brett Bellemore

3

16:05

0

1

1

1

0

0

8

3

3

1

Andrej Sekera

3

21:37

0

0

0

E

0

4

3

3

3

2

Tim Gleason

2

20:06

0

0

0

-1

0

0

4

4

1

0

Nathan Gerbe

3

13:47

0

0

0

-2

2

8

2

2

1

1

100

Andrej Nestrasil

2

11:15

0

0

0

-1

0

2

1

0

1

1

50.0

Riley Nash

3

14:40

0

0

0

E

0

5

4

2

4

3

53.1

Patrick Dwyer

2

13:12

0

0

0

1

0

2

1

2

0

0

Michal Jordan

2

15:44

0

0

0

-2

0

3

3

1

0

0

Victor Rask

3

16:44

0

0

0

-2

0

3

3

1

0

0

42.3

Ron Hainsey

3

20:14

0

0

0

E

0

0

3

3

2

1

Goalie

GP

GS

W

L

OTL

Shots

GA

Sv

Sv %

GAA

Ev Sv %

PP Sv %

Anton Khudobin

1

1

0

1

0

19

3

16

.842

3.27

.813

1.000

Cam Ward

2

2

2

0

0

48

2

46

.958

1.00

.953

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

Tlusty

3

67.8

67.2

69.8

64.9

25

18

Jordan

2

54.5

57.1

66.7

60.0

9

9

J. Staal

3

67.9

65.0

62.9

58.7

18

19

E. Staal

3

68.1

65.4

62.7

57.1

28

19

Faulk

3

64.8

64.5

61.0

59.3

32

19

Sekera

3

59.2

57.0

60.5

56.6

22

22

Semin

3

62.0

62.7

56.8

57.1

16

12

Dwyer

2

45.5

45.7

53.8

62.5

9

10

Malone

2

50.0

52.9

50.0

60.0

6

2

Liles

2

58.6

61.0

50.0

53.8

8

9

Rask

3

55.0

61.4

50.0

56.5

18

15

Bellemore

3

50.8

50.0

48.7

46.4

18

14

Skinner

3

57.7

56.9

46.3

45.2

17

9

Gerbe

3

42.9

49.0

45.5

52.0

7

13

Gleason

2

36.1

38.3

44.7

45.2

6

18

Hainsey

3

43.7

45.0

44.7

46.9

20

23

Nash

3

52.2

50.9

44.4

41.4

14

12

McClement

3

42.2

44.4

44.0

50.0

13

16

Nestrasil

2

72.2

71.4

42.9

44.4

4

4

Lindholm

3

54.3

53.8

30.3

34.8

25

7


Weekly Studs

Cam Ward – Ward played in his 499th & 500th game this week, which is quite an accomplishment in itself.  Not only did he win both games, he only allowed 1 goal in each game he played.  His 0.958 save percentage would rank 3rd among all teams this week.  While things did get off to a rough start for Cam this year, he has really rebounded nicely.  He currently sits 25th in wins, 12 in goals against average and tied 21st in save percentage among all qualified goalies this season.  The Canes have a lot of money tied up in their goaltenders and they have some holes to fill, so Francis has an interesting situation on his hands heading down the stretch and into the offseason.

Eric Staal – Eric had a nice week, after only 1 point in his 4 previous games, he collect 3 in the 3 games this week.  He tied for the team lead in points and shots on goal and also went 7 for 10 in the faceoff circle.  Eric hasn’t been taking a lot of draws lately, but he was pretty success when doing so.  Since moving to wing, he has seemed to get back to putting the puck toward the net and I believe that is when Eric is at his best.  Since Jordan returned to the lineup, Eric has increased his shots per game from 3.00 to 3.33.  The last time his shots per game averages were that high, it was the 10/11 season and Eric had 33 goals.  Maybe this can continue into next season and we can see an improved Eric Staal?

Alexander Semin – Semin has had a bad year and has taken a lot of deserved flak.  But this week, we got to see a little bit of Alexander Semin that we’ve missed most of the year.  Semin led the team with 3 assists, tied for the team lead in points, had very good possession numbers and tied for 3rd on the team with 9 shots on goal.  This is the Alex that we need to see more of and this should be a somewhat standard week for him.  Will this continue, I’m not sure, but Semin does have 6 points in his last 8 games, so maybe he’s starting to find out where he fits in Peters system?

Weekly Duds

Anton Khudobin – Khudobin only played in the 1 away game and even though you could point to reasons for the 3 goals on 19 shots, he has been struggling.  In Dobby’s last 4 games, he has given up 16 goals on 102 shots.  That’s only a 0.814 save percentage and that isn’t going to earn you many starts.  He was performing quite well until the St. Louis game at the end of January and since then the trains have come off the track.  I’m not sure if he just fighting a nagging injury that’s effecting his game or the Blues destroyed his confidence, but he’s an expensive backup and should be playing much better than he has recently.

Elias Lindholm – I’m not really sure what is going on with Elias.  He’s still producing points at about his normal clip, he’s getting PP time and even got put with the Staal brothers against the Flyers.  But his game is off and his 5 on 5 possession numbers were the worst on the team this week, by a considerable margin.  This kid might just be suffering through a slump, but he is expected to be one of the core members to build around.  Lindholm just doesn’t seem to be progressing as we need him to progress and it is some cause of concern.  Like I said last week, we all see the skill, but we need to see it more consistently and we really need to see him start taking that next step.

Victor Rask – Like Lindholm, Rask seems to have fallen into a funk as of late.  The rookie has looked really good this season, better than many expected, but he has struggled as of late.  He had some rough games in mid-February and was sat for 2 games, in hopes that he could take things in and get back on track.  But that really hasn’t happened yet with 0 points and a -2 rating since returning to the lineup.  His faceoff ability has also dropped into the low 40s.  Maybe it’s just a slump or lost confidence, or maybe he’s hit the rookie wall.  All I know is that he’s only been a plus player once in the past month and something needs to happen to get his game going back in the right direction.

Weekly Team Stats

Goals Per Game

Goals Against Per Game

Ranking

Team

G/PG

Ranking

Team

GA/PG

T1.

Ottawa

4.00

1.

Los Angeles

0.67

T1.

Tampa Bay

4.00

2.

New Jersey

1.00

3.

Minnesota

3.50

T3.

Minnesota

1.50

T4.

New Jersey

3.33

T3.

Ottawa

1.50

T4.

Pittsburgh

3.33

T5.

Carolina

1.67

T6.

Anaheim

3.00

T5.

Pittsburgh

1.67

T6.

Colorado

3.00

T7.

Buffalo

2.00

T6.

Dallas

3.00

T7.

NY Rangers

2.00

T6.

Detroit

3.00

T7.

San Jose

2.00

T21.

Carolina

2.33

T7.

Washington

2.00

Shots Per Game

Shots Against Per Game

Ranking

Team

S/PG

Ranking

Team

SA/PG

1.

Ottawa

39.0

T1.

Carolina

22.3

2.

NY Islanders

37.0

T1.

Tampa Bay

22.3

3.

NY Rangers

35.8

3.

Minnesota

22.8

T4.

Boston

34.8

4.

Boston

25.3

T4.

Columbus

34.8

5.

NY Rangers

26.0

6.

Nashville

33.3

6.

St. Louis

26.3

7.

Montreal

32.5

7.

Washington

26.7

8.

Chicago

32.0

8.

Nashville

27.5

9.

Minnesota

31.8

9.

NY Islanders

27.8

10.

Carolina

31.0

10.

Philadelphia

28.0

PowerPlay Percentage

Penalty Kill Percentage

Ranking

Team

PP %

Ranking

Team

PK %

T1.

Carolina

37.5

T1.

Calgary

100

T1.

Vancouver

37.5

T1.

Carolina

100

T3.

Colorado

27.3

T1.

Los Angeles

100

T3.

Winnipeg

27.3

T1.

New Jersey

100

T5.

Dallas

25.0

T1.

Ottawa

100

T5.

Montreal

25.0

T1.

Pittsburgh

100

T5.

Philadelphia

25.0

T1.

Tampa Bay

100

T5.

Pittsburgh

25.0

8.

Vancouver

93.3

T5.

Washington

25.0

9.

Colorado

90.9

10.

Edmonton

22.2

10.

Montreal

90.0

Hits

Blocked Shots

Ranking

Team

Hits

Ranking

Team

BkS

1.

NY Islanders

164

1.

Buffalo

82

2.

Philadelphia

152

2.

NY Islanders

80

3.

Florida

128

3.

Montreal

76

4.

Columbus

124

4.

Colorado

72

5.

Boston

113

5.

Anaheim

69

T6.

Anaheim

107

T6.

Detroit

63

T6.

Buffalo

107

T6.

Philadelphia

63

8.

Nashville

104

8.

Edmonton

61

9.

Detroit

102

9.

Washington

60

28.

Carolina

57

T25.

Carolina

38

Giveaways

Takeaways

Ranking

Team

GvA

Ranking

Team

TkA

1.

St. Louis

9

1.

NY Islanders

71

2.

Columbus

13

2.

Minnesota

41

3.

Ottawa

14

3.

Chicago

40

4.

Pittsburgh

16

4.

Calgary

34

5.

Colorado

18

T5.

Colorado

31

T6.

Buffalo

19

T5.

Detroit

31

T6.

Toronto

19

T5.

Toronto

31

8.

Florida

20

8.

Nashville

30

9.

Washington

21

9.

NY Rangers

28

19.

Carolina

29

17.

Carolina

22

Team Faceoff Percentage

Team Save Percentage

Ranking

Team

FO %

Ranking

Team

Sv %

T1.

Carolina

56.8

1.

Los Angeles

0.979

T1.

Colorado

56.8

2.

New Jersey

0.968

3.

Detroit

55.9

3.

Ottawa

0.955

4.

NY Rangers

54.4

4.

Buffalo

0.952

5.

Boston

53.9

5.

Pittsburgh

0.943

6.

Washington

53.2

6.

San Jose

0.941

7.

Columbus

53.0

7.

Vancouver

0.935

8.

Calgary

52.7

8.

Minnesota

0.934

9.

Montreal

52.3

9.

Montreal

0.926

10.

Edmonton

51.5

T10.

Carolina

0.925


Former Canes Weekly Stats

Player

Team

GP

TOI/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

Tka

ASCF%

Cole

DAL

4

17:41

3

1

4

-3

0

12

2

3

3

2

55.1

Seidenberg

BOS

4

22:13

0

2

2

E

2

4

10

6

1

1

48.1

Cullen

NSH

4

11:21

0

2

2

3

2

6

0

1

2

3

58.3

Vrbata

VAN

4

15:32

1

1

2

-2

0

8

1

1

1

1

48.6

Ladd

WPG

3

20:58

0

2

2

-2

4

10

3

2

1

2

56.2

Jokinen

FLA

4

16:27

1

0

1

-3

0

4

3

1

0

2

43.2

Williams

LAK

3

15:16

1

0

1

E

2

4

0

0

4

0

64.0

Ruutu

NJD

3

10:56

1

0

1

E

2

5

3

1

1

0

40.0

Sutter

PIT

3

14:25

1

0

1

1

0

6

5

2

1

0

40.3

McBain

LAK

3

14:25

0

0

0

-1

0

2

1

2

0

0

64.2

Malhotra

MTL

3

11:08

0

0

0

-1

0

2

4

3

1

2

40.8

Adams

PIT

2

10:05

0

0

0

E

2

2

5

1

1

0

30.3

Harrison

WPG

1

12:42

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

34.6