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The Carolina Hurricanes switched gears this week. They entered the week as the top PK unit in the NHL and were middle of the pack on the PP. The PP had a great week that now has them 9th in the league. The PK on the other hand was only 50% and dropped them down to 3rd in the NHL.

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Not only did Carolina switch gears for the season, they switched gears in the middle of games.  Against Edmonton, they found themselves down 3-0 28 minutes into the game.  The offense then kicked into gear, scoring the next 6 goals.  Against the Blue Jackets, the Canes got up 3-1 in the 1st period and then applied the brakes, losing in a shootout.  I guess the one thing you can say about this team is that they are consistently inconsistent.  It's up to Peters and Francis to figure out what they have and go pick up what they need this summer.  Only 17 games left in the season, so now on to the stats for the week of 3/4/15 through 3/10/15.

Canes Weekly Stats

Player

GP

TO/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

Tka

FO%

Elias Lindholm

3

16:25

3

3

6

2

0

9

4

1

6

2

22.2

Eric Staal

3

18:06

1

4

5

2

4

10

2

0

2

1

40.0

Justin Faulk

3

23:56

1

3

4

3

2

10

6

2

2

3

Victor Rask

3

16:28

1

2

3

2

0

5

3

5

0

2

61.8

Jeff Skinner

3

14:53

2

1

3

0

0

11

2

1

1

2

0

Ryan Murphy

2

19:44

0

2

2

E

0

5

0

3

3

0

Riley Nash

3

14:19

1

1

2

2

2

5

5

2

4

5

50.0

Jordan Staal

3

17:30

0

1

1

-1

0

4

5

0

2

1

69.7

Nathan Gerbe

3

15:24

0

1

1

-1

4

7

1

1

4

0

Andrej Nestrasil

3

15:45

1

0

1

E

0

6

5

0

1

2

John-Michael Liles

2

18:29

0

1

1

1

0

3

7

1

1

0

Alexander Semin

3

15:20

1

0

1

1

2

7

3

1

4

1

Michal Jordan

2

16:37

0

1

1

2

0

3

5

1

0

2

Ron Hainsey

3

20:33

0

1

1

E

2

7

2

7

5

1

Jay McClement

3

14:08

0

0

0

-2

0

1

5

0

0

2

60.0

Brad Malone

2

10:17

0

0

0

E

2

0

4

1

0

0

Chris Terry

1

8:59

0

0

0

-1

0

1

2

0

0

0

Jack Hillen

1

21:02

0

0

0

E

0

1

3

1

0

1

Patrick Dwyer

3

13:57

0

0

0

-1

0

3

10

1

1

2

Rasmus Rissanen

3

18:46

0

0

0

-3

2

3

16

3

3

0

Brett Bellemore

2

18:37

0

0

0

-1

0

1

10

1

3

0

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

3.01

.833

1.000

Cam Ward

2

2

1

0

1

52

7

45

.865

3.36

.943

.667


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

J. Staal

3

78.3

74.7

73.6

70.9

24

20

Faulk

3

66.0

65.8

72.2

71.0

29

32

E. Staal

3

71.1

69.0

71.2

65.4

30

13

Nestrasil

3

68.4

68.5

67.2

65.4

21

20

Lindholm

3

68.4

65.8

64.6

58.0

30

9

Terry

1

69.2

55.6

63.6

50.0

3

4

Hillen

1

68.4

52.2

63.3

47.6

9

2

Murphy

2

54.9

50.0

61.4

54.5

20

2

Hainsey

3

56.5

57.7

60.7

61.3

20

32

Semin

3

68.4

68.6

60.5

57.7

21

9

Rask

3

63.2

60.6

59.7

51.2

23

8

Gerbe

3

58.9

53.0

59.3

53.3

14

17

Nash

3

56.0

56.9

58.8

60.7

21

12

Rissanen

3

53.8

50.0

57.4

52.9

27

8

Jordan

2

60.0

60.0

53.1

52.4

11

11

Liles

2

65.7

62.5

52.8

43.5

20

8

Skinner

3

59.3

60.3

47.5

50.0

23

11

Bellemore

2

54.9

55.0

47.2

46.4

13

20

Malone

2

48.5

55.6

46.4

52.9

7

2

Dwyer

3

39.7

36.2

45.0

42.3

11

13

McClement

3

37.3

33.3

41.5

37.0

11

18


Weekly Studs

Elias Lindholm – It’s not really tough to figure out why Lindholm leads the Studs list this week.  He registered a team high 3 goals and 6 points.  He had one hell of a game against the Oilers, collecting what is hopefully the first of many career hat tricks.  Elias was also 4th on the team in shots on goal with 9.  All of his possession numbers were above 58%, ranking between 5th & 7th in every category.  He did end up with a team worse 6 giveaways and did struggle in the faceoff circle.  No matter how you slice it, Lindholm appears to be an important part of the Hurricanes future.  He needs more weeks like he had this one and if so, maybe he becomes the player many were hoping he would.

Justin Faulk – Right now, Faulk is the most important member of this franchise.  He is asked to play a ton of minutes and in all situations.  Lately he has done a very good job of taking on all of these tasks.  He was 3rd on the team in points, 2nd in assists, shots on goal and takeaways.  Justin also ranked 1st in 5-on-5 Close Fenwick and 2nd in 5-on-5 Corsi with numbers over 70%.  But the thing that really stands out most to me is that fickle +/- rating.  Faulk led the team with a +3 rating and since he plays ever important minute, this is a really nice sign that he is progressing defensively.  Like Lindholm, but even moreso, Faulk is currently the key individual in this organization.  He needs some help on the blueline, but until then it’s live & die with Justin Faulk.

Eric Staal – While the first 2 Studs were younger core players, the veteran captain pulls in the last spot.  Eric led the team with 4 assists and was 2nd in points.  He also tied for 2nd on the team with 10 shots on goal.  The surprising thing to me was his possession numbers.  Eric finished 2nd in both All Situation categories and 3rd in 5-on-5 Close categories.  I thought Jordan was causing Eric’s numbers to be good, but they were split up for 2 of the 3 games and Eric’s numbers were still great.  While he might not be the player he was a couple seasons ago, Eric is proven to still be an effective player and still possibly the Canes best offensive player.

Weekly Duds

Cam Ward/Anton Khudobin – What once appeared to be a strong point for the Canes doesn’t appear that way any longer.  For the week, the Canes had the worst goaltending in the league with only a 0.859 save percentage while ranking tied for 4th in shots against per game.  Dobby has really only had 1 solid-to-good game in the past month & a half.  Ward has allowed less than 3 goals only 4 times in the same time frame.  Dobby is just not looking like more than a marginal backup lately and Cam is looking more like the Ward of the past.  You can certainly blame the defense, but both of these downward trends started before Carolina traded away Sekera & Gleason.

Jay McClement – After a solid week and a new contract, McClement reversed course and plummeted to the bottom.  He had no points after collecting a season high 3 the previous week.  He only had 1 shot on goal after registering a season high 9 the previous week.  All of his possession numbers ranked dead last on the team after coming in at a respectable level the previous week.  McClement also had a forward worst -2 rating for the week.  This isn’t even mentioning that one of Jay biggest contributions has been on the Canes PK and it was abysmal this week.  I’m just hoping that McClement just had a bad week and wasn’t playing for a contract before this.

Rasmus Rissanen – I’m not trying to pick on the guy in his first 3 NHL games, but he was a team worse -3 for the week.  He doesn’t provide any offense, is limited in the puck-moving category and quite frankly seems a little redundant.  He did lead the team with 16 hits, but compare him to Bellemore.  They roughly offer the same thing and neither appear to be more than a #6 or #7 physical defenseman.  The team has seemed pretty high on this guy and there is additional time to see more, but I’m really wondering what his future is in the NHL.  Is he a Bellemore replacement or can he be more than that.  Heading into next season at this point, I would rather resign Gleason as a bottom pairing guy than either Rissanen or Bellemore.

Team Weekly Stats

Goals Per Game

Goals Against Per Game

Ranking

Team

G/PG

Ranking

Team

GA/PG

T1.

Calgary

4.00

T1.

Chicago

1.00

T1.

St. Louis

4.00

T1.

NY Rangers

1.00

3.

Carolina

3.67

T3.

Pittsburgh

1.50

4.

Washington

3.50

T3.

Washington

1.50

5.

Tampa Bay

3.33

5.

Vancouver

1.67

T6.

Boston

3.25

T6.

Minnesota

1.75

T6.

Minnesota

3.25

T6.

Montreal

1.75

T8.

Colorado

3.00

T8.

Arizona

2.00

T8.

Dallas

3.00

T8.

Colorado

2.00

T8.

Detroit

3.00

265.

Carolina

3.33

Shots Per Game

Shots Against Per Game

Ranking

Team

S/PG

Ranking

Team

SA/PG

1.

Dallas

35.3

1.

Los Angeles

19.7

T2.

Carolina

35.0

2.

Winnipeg

22.7

T2.

Edmonton

35.0

3.

Washington

23.5

T2.

San Jose

35.0

T4.

Carolina

23.7

T2.

Washington

35.0

T4.

St. Louis

23.7

6.

Ottawa

34.8

6.

NY Islanders

24.0

T7.

Calgary

34.0

7.

Anaheim

25.0

T7.

Chicago

34.0

8.

Dallas

26.0

T9.

Columbus

33.3

9.

Nashville

26.7

T9.

St. Louis

33.3

10.

Tampa Bay

27.0

PowerPlay Percentage

Penalty Kill Percentage

Ranking

Team

PP %

Ranking

Team

PK %

1.

Washington

75.0

T1.

Arizona

100

2.

Carolina

45.5

T1.

Chicago

100

3.

Edmonton

37.5

T1.

Los Angeles

100

T4.

Boston

33.3

T1.

NY Islanders

100

T4.

Calgary

33.3

T1.

Washington

100

T4.

Columbus

33.3

6.

St. Louis

91.7

T4.

Detroit

33.3

7.

Pittsburgh

90.9

8.

Los Angeles

30.0

8.

NY Rangers

90.0

9.

Dallas

28.6

T9.

Dallas

88.9

10.

Colorado

26.7

30.

Carolina

50.0

Hits

Blocked Shots

Ranking

Team

Hits

Ranking

Team

BkS

1.

Philadelphia

136

1.

Montreal

79

2.

Montreal

131

T2.

Calgary

78

3.

NY Islanders

129

T2.

Colorado

78

4.

Pittsburgh

112

4.

Philadelphia

71

5.

Ottawa

107

T5.

NY Islanders

61

6.

Arizona

102

T5.

Ottawa

61

7.

Columbus

101

7.

Edmonton

54

8.

Carolina

100

8.

Vancouver

53

T9.

Edmonton

99

T9.

Boston

52

T9.

Toronto

99

27.

Carolina

32

Giveaways

Takeaways

Ranking

Team

GvA

Ranking

Team

TkA

T1.

Buffalo

13

1.

NY Islanders

41

T1.

Florida

13

T2.

Ottawa

36

T1.

St. Louis

13

T2.

St. Louis

36

4.

New Jersey

14

4.

Toronto

32

T5.

Edmonton

15

5.

Pittsburgh

30

T5.

Washington

15

6.

Florida

28

T7.

Arizona

16

T7.

Carolina

27

T7.

Chicago

16

T7.

Colorado

27

T9.

Colorado

18

T7.

Minnesota

27

29.

Carolina

46

10.

Boston

26

Team Faceoff Percentage

Team Save Percentage

Ranking

Team

FO %

Ranking

Team

Sv %

1.

Washington

60.2

1.

Chicago

0.976

2.

Chicago

59.3

2.

NY Rangers

0.967

3.

Carolina

58.5

3.

Vancouver

0.952

4.

St. Louis

55.4

T4.

Pittsburgh

0.946

5.

Anaheim

55.2

T4.

San Jose

0.946

6.

Detroit

54.7

6.

Arizona

0.945

T7.

Vancouver

53.8

7.

Montreal

0.944

T7.

Colorado

53.8

8.

Colorado

0.942

9.

San Jose

52.8

9.

Minnesota

0.940

10.

Nashville

52.7

30.

Carolina

0.859


Former Canes Weekly Stats

Player

Team

GP

TOI/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

Tka

ASCF%

Williams

LAK

3

14:39

0

4

4

3

0

6

0

2

1

2

55.3

Cole

DET

4

15:45

0

3

3

E

0

7

7

0

0

1

58.8

Vrbata

VAN

4

12:16

3

0

3

2

0

15

3

2

0

0

66.3

Ladd

WPG

3

21:00

1

2

3

E

0

5

7

0

1

1

69.4

Jokinen

FLA

2

17:43

0

2

2

E

0

1

5

3

0

0

49.1

Sekera

LAK

3

18:59

0

1

1

2

2

3

3

3

2

1

70.9

Ruutu

NJD

3

9:10

0

1

1

E

0

5

4

2

0

0

51.3

Sutter

PIT

4

16:03

0

1

1

2

0

9

3

1

4

3

49.1

Seidenberg

BOS

4

23:00

0

0

0

2

0

5

10

8

1

0

38.9

Dalpe

BUF

1

6:10

0

0

0

E

0

2

0

1

0

0

33.3

Eaves

DAL

3

15:08

0

0

0

1

0

5

6

0

1

1

67.9

Cullen

NSH

3

12:53

0

0

0

-2

0

3

0

1

0

1

47.1

Adams

PIT

1

11:01

0

0

0

-1

0

0

1

0

0

0

25.0

Tlusty

WPG

3

14:44

0

0

0

-2

0

4

4

0

0

1

53.5

Harrison

WPG

3

13:17

0

0

0

-2

0

4

3

1

3

0

54.7

Gleason

WSH

2

16:35

0

0

0

1

0

1

2

2

0

0

48.5