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It's usually the stars that everybody notices, they shine bright and usually stand out, either good or bad. But to be successful in the NHL, you also have to have those meat & potatoes type of guys. Well the Canes star this week and one of the stars of 2015 so far just happens to be one of those meat & potatoes guys. Brad Malone is marrying the hard-working, do the dirty work with what we need a goal, I'll get one for us.

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Carolina finished up their most successful month of the season with back-to-back loses to 2 very good teams.  They fought back against the Blues to get the game to a shootout and earned a point that probably shouldn't have happened.  The next night in New York, the Canes did fare well against the Rangers.  The 4-1 lose probably looks worse than the game actually was, but the Hurricanes never really had a good shot at that game.  Then the team embarked on a western conference trip, starting with the Ducks.  The team was dominated early on, but the score did not reflect that.  Eventually both teams broke through and Carolina jumped out on top.  But Anaheim is good and they sent the game to OT, where they won it rather quickly.  An 0-1-2 week is nothing to write home about, but these were 3 of the better teams in the NHL.  Now on to the stats for the week of 1/28/15 through 2/3/15.

Canes Weekly Stats

Player

GP

TO/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

Tka

FO%

Brad Malone

3

11:27

2

1

3

3

0

7

12

3

2

0

0

Ryan Murphy

3

20:28

1

1

2

-3

2

11

1

7

3

2

Jordan Staal

3

17:55

1

1

2

-1

0

9

6

3

1

2

57.4

Jay McClement

3

13:52

1

1

2

1

0

2

5

2

2

1

51.6

Andrej Sekera

3

22:17

0

1

1

-2

0

4

2

5

3

3

Eric Staal

3

18:47

0

1

1

E

0

8

4

0

1

0

0

Elias Lindholm

2

14:53

0

1

1

E

0

2

6

2

1

0

Riley Nash

3

14:06

0

1

1

-1

0

4

4

2

1

0

41.9

John-Michael Liles

2

15:09

0

1

1

1

0

2

4

1

0

1

Justin Faulk

3

23:36

1

0

1

-1

0

10

7

2

0

4

Alexander Semin

2

15:36

1

0

1

-1

0

3

0

0

1

1

Patrick Dwyer

3

14:31

0

1

1

E

0

1

2

1

0

1

Victor Rask

3

16:08

0

1

1

-3

0

3

3

0

1

3

46.9

Tim Gleason

3

18:09

0

0

0

E

2

3

5

7

0

0

Nathan Gerbe

3

14:51

0

0

0

-6

0

10

6

1

2

2

Andrej Nestrasil

1

16:14

0

0

0

E

0

1

2

1

0

0

0

Jiri Tlusty

3

15:27

0

0

0

-2

4

2

1

0

0

1

0

Chris Terry

1

12:43

0

0

0

E

0

1

0

4

0

2

Jeff Skinner

3

14:10

0

0

0

-4

4

7

2

0

1

3

60.0

Ron Hainsey

3

21:05

0

0

0

-3

0

0

4

3

0

0

Brett Bellemore

1

16:58

0

0

0

E

0

0

2

3

0

0

Goalie

GP

GS

W

L

OTL

Shots

GA

Sv

Sv %

GAA

Ev Sv %

PP Sv %

Anton Khudobin

2

2

0

1

0

34

7

27

.794

6.55

.760

.889

Cam Ward

2

1

0

1

1

66

4

62

.939

1.97

.952

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

Semin

2

62.0

60.5

53.6

45.0

11

2

E. Staal

3

57.7

55.8

52.4

50.0

22

14

Faulk

3

52.4

52.3

52.1

50.0

23

19

Sekera

3

47.8

44.4

51.6

47.8

18

19

J. Staal

3

59.8

59.3

51.2

48.3

20

15

Tlusty

3

50.6

48.4

50.0

48.8

19

5

Terry

1

47.1

50.0

50.0

52.9

1

5

Nash

3

44.0

41.4

47.3

42.5

16

14

Lindholm

2

50.8

56.3

44.0

47.4

7

11

Hainsey

3

42.0

43.3

43.4

48.1

13

10

Rask

3

46.7

50.0

42.6

45.2

15

7

Murphy

3

45.4

46.1

42.0

42.4

21

14

Liles

2

45.5

48.6

41.7

43.5

4

6

Nestrasil

1

45.9

43.3

41.2

35.7

6

1

Malone

3

43.1

50.0

41.2

46.2

4

6

Skinner

3

45.7

47.4

41.0

39.5

14

9

Dwyer

3

35.1

39.3

39.6

42.9

7

10

Gerbe

3

43.0

43.5

38.8

37.8

12

14

Gleason

3

37.5

40.6

38.2

38.1

9

18

Bellemore

1

35.1

37.5

36.4

39.1

2

2

McClement

3

32.3

36.4

35.0

40.7

3

13


Weekly Studs

Brad Malone – You’ve got to give it to Malone, he went the first 3 months of the season without a point and since 2015 hit, he has 8 points in 12 games.  He led the team with 2 goals & 3 points this week and has recently been one of the more consistent Canes while only receiving minimal ice time.  The 4th line as a whole has been much improved and if not for the play of the Staals, they would be getting even more pub.  Last night was a real example of what Malone can do when he is on his game.  His speed led to a penalty shot and a PP.  He is always a weekly leader in hits and is pretty good in the dot when he takes faceoffs.  It is likely that McClement will get trading within the next month and Malone will have his role increase.  The way he is playing right now, he should probably get a few more minutes either way.

Justin Faulk – Speaking of minutes, no Canes is playing more this season than Justin Faulk.  The Canes All-Star is continuing to carry a heavy load and deliver a heavy shot.  He only had the 1 point (a PP goal) this week, but he’s 2nd on the team in scoring and is tied for the team lead in shots with 139.  Faulk and Eric were also the only Canes players this week to finish 50% or higher in the 4 possession categories I cover.  For the week, Faulk tied for 2nd in shots on goal, 2nd in hits, 1st in takeaways and had 0 giveaways.  Carolina is asking the 22 year old to shoulder a lot and there is still room for improvement in his own zone, but Faulk is justifying his new contract, only if many other Canes would do the same thing.

Ryan Murphy – I am not a big fan of Ryan Murphy, I think he is too small for this team, he’s not really a top 4 defenseman and I would gladly trade him for a bigger, less offensive blueliner.  But going against some real Stanley Cup contending teams this week, Murphy more or less held his own, averaging over 20 minutes a night.  He tied for 2nd on the team with 2 points, led the team with 11 shots and tied for 1st with 7 blocked shots.  His +/- wasn’t good and his possession numbers were below average on the team, but you can see the undersized young player has a little something.  I still believe he’s really just a 3rd pairing/PP specialist, but paired with the right guy, he is capable of playing 18 to 20 minutes.

Weekly Duds

Anton Khudobin – Dobby went from playing lights out to getting knocked out.  Everybody has a bad day, so 2 goals on 3 shots against St. Louis can happen, they weren’t entirely his fault either.  But then giving up 5 goals against Anaheim doesn’t exactly bring back confidence.  A 0.794 save percentage and 6.55 goals against average is just plain horrible and he must be better.  If Ron Francis had a potential deal for Cam Ward on the horizon, the way Khudobin has played his past 2 outings might make Francis rethink giving him the keys.  Dobby needs to focus, limit rebound opportunities and get back to playing the way we know he can.  Until that, there are questions and in the NHL, you don’t want to have a question in between the pipes.

Nathan Gerbe – I always find it tough to put Gerbe on this list, because he works so hard every night.  But when it’s deserved, he belongs here.  Gerbe has had a difficult year and not scoring in a week isn’t all that uncommon for him.  But the team worse -6, that just inexcusable.  Gerbe has never had such a bad 3 game rating in his NHL career.  He was also quite poor in the possession categories, ranking 4th worst & 2nd worst in the 5-on-5 Close situations.  I’m really not sure what is going on with Gerbe this year, but consistency is eluding him and I know he can play much better.  Let’s just hope that he gets things straightened out and get back to be the responsible player he normally is.

Jeff Skinner – I sure hope someone has a milk carton in the works for the missing 22 year old.  Skinner again finds himself on the DUD list, but you have to do something positive to get yourself off.  Skinner has more or less been invisible in the offensive zone and poor in the defensive zone.  He had the 2nd worst +/- on the team this week, tied for team high 4 penalty minutes, had 0 points and did have a possession category over 47.4%.  But I guess on a positive note, he was 60% in the circle.  The highly talented forward is now at a career worst 8 game scoreless streak, surpassing his 7 game scoreless streak from late December/early January.  Let me put it another way, Skinner has 3 points in his last 17 games.  This same guy has 18 goals in a 19 game span last year.  What has happened to him, is the majority of this on Peters system?

Weekly Team Stats

Goals Per Game

Goals Against Per Game

Ranking

Team

G/PG

Ranking

Team

GA/PG

1.

Dallas

4.33

1.

Minnesota

0.67

T2.

Boston

4.00

T2.

Colorado

1.00

T2.

San Jose

4.00

T2.

Philadelphia

1.00

4.

Ottawa

3.67

T4.

New Jersey

1.25

T5.

NY Rangers

3.33

T4.

Washington

1.25

T5.

Vancouver

3.33

6.

Tampa Bay

1.33

T7.

Anaheim

3.00

T7.

Boston

1.50

T7.

Arizona

3.00

T7.

Montreal

1.50

T7.

Calgary

3.00

T9.

Calgary

1.67

T20.

Carolina

2.33

27.

Carolina

3.67

Shots Per Game

Shots Against Per Game

Ranking

Team

S/PG

Ranking

Team

SA/PG

1.

Vancouver

36.0

T1.

Calgary

23.3

2.

Arizona

35.8

T1.

Vancouver

23.3

3.

Dallas

35.0

3.

Pittsburgh

24.7

4.

NY Islanders

34.0

4.

Arizona

26.8

5.

Washington

33.8

5.

Tampa Bay

27.0

T6.

Boston

33.0

6.

NY Islanders

27.3

T6.

Columbus

33.0

T7.

Colorado

27.5

T6.

NY Rangers

33.0

T7.

Detroit

27.5

9.

Tampa Bay

32.3

T7.

Montreal

27.5

15.

Carolina

30.7

27.

Carolina

33.3

PowerPlay Percentage

Penalty Kill Percentage

Ranking

Team

PP %

Ranking

Team

PK %

T1.

Boston

50.0

T1.

Boston

100

T1.

Dallas

50.0

T1.

Calgary

100

3.

Arizona

41.7

T1.

Minnesota

100

4.

Detroit

33.3

T1.

Nashville

100

T5.

Buffalo

25.0

T1.

San Jose

100

T5.

Calgary

25.0

T1.

Tampa Bay

100

T5.

Los Angeles

25.0

7.

Arizona

92.3

T5.

Philadelphia

25.0

8.

Anaheim

91.7

9.

Nashville

23.1

T9.

New Jersey

90.9

T18.

Carolina

14.3

T13.

Carolina

83.3

Hits

Blocked Shots

Ranking

Team

Hits

Ranking

Team

BkS

1.

Winnipeg

132

1.

Buffalo

75

2.

NY Islanders

119

2.

Dallas

68

3.

St. Louis

112

T3.

Arizona

65

T4.

Los Angeles

111

T3.

Washington

65

T4.

Toronto

111

5.

Montreal

60

T4.

Washington

111

6.

Calgary

56

7.

Florida

103

7.

Nashville

54

8.

Anaheim

95

8.

San Jose

51

T9.

Arizona

94

9.

St. Louis

50

20.

Carolina

75

10.

Carolina

49

Giveaways

Takeaways

Ranking

Team

GvA

Ranking

Team

TkA

1.

Philadelphia

14

1.

Calgary

39

T2.

Columbus

15

2.

San Jose

36

T2.

Nashville

15

T3.

NY Rangers

33

4.

Columbus

16

T3.

St. Louis

33

5.

Detroit

17

T5.

Chicago

31

6.

Pittsburgh

19

T5.

NY Islanders

31

T7.

Carolina

20

7.

Edmonton

29

T7.

St. Louis

20

8.

Washington

27

T7.

Tampa Bay

20

9.

Florida

26

T7.

Vancouver

20

10.

Carolina

25

Team Faceoff Percentage

Team Save Percentage

Ranking

Team

FO %

Ranking

Team

Sv %

1.

Boston

57.0

1.

Minnesota

0.978

2.

Philadelphia

55.2

2.

Philadelphia

0.971

3.

San Jose

55.1

3.

Colorado

0.964

4.

Calgary

54.4

4.

Boston

0.961

T5.

NY Islanders

54.1

5.

Washington

0.960

T5.

New Jersey

54.1

6.

New Jersey

0.958

7.

Montreal

53.9

7.

Tampa Bay

0.951

8.

Dallas

53.5

8.

NY Rangers

0.947

T9.

Washington

52.9

9.

Montreal

0.945

15.

Carolina

49.7

23.

Carolina

0.890


Former Canes Weekly Stats

Player

Team

GP

TOI/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

Tka

ASCF%

Ladd

WPG

4

18:55

1

4

5

3

4

9

10

2

4

1

61.9

Eaves

DAL

3

15:46

2

1

3

-2

0

6

5

3

1

1

67.3

Vrbata

VAN

3

17:30

1

2

3

2

0

13

1

0

1

2

80.9

Jokinen

FLA

4

16:54

0

2

2

-1

2

4

3

2

1

1

49.1

Cole

DAL

1

14:34

1

0

1

1

0

1

0

0

1

1

60.9

Sutter

PIT

3

16:10

0

1

1

-1

2

5

4

2

1

3

55.3

Seidenberg

BOS

2

21:25

0

0

0

2

0

6

9

2

1

0

48.1

Williams

LAK

3

14:46

0

0

0

-2

0

6

3

1

3

1

50.6

Carter

MIN

3

12:20

0

0

0

E

5

3

7

1

0

1

40.7

Malhotra

MTL

3

8:10

0

0

0

E

2

1

1

1

4

1

30.6

Ruutu

NJD

4

7:06

0

0

0

E

0

2

11

0

0

1

31.0

Cullen

NSH

4

13:17

0

0

0

-1

0

6

2

0

0

2

57.3

Adams

PIT

3

9:57

0

0

0

-2

0

1

11

1

0

0

50.0