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The Hurricanes lost every game this week, only collecting 1 loser point against the Rangers. But it seems a little too late to tank for a better draft pick. Buffalo, Arizona and Edmonton are going to end up in the bottom 3 spots and Toronto doesn't appear to know how to win a game. So Carolina looks pretty locked in to the 5th overall selection unless the lottery falls a certain way. The Canes will have 8.5% chance of drafting #1, a 54.5% chance of drafting #5 and a 37% chance of drafting #6.

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It wasn't necessarily the week the Canes wanted, but at this point of the season, victories and losses aren't making much of a difference.  The only victory the Canes did have this week was the possession battle.  They were shut out against Montreal, played pretty solidly against the Rangers and outplayed the Blackhawks except for putting the puck in the net.  Winning doesn't really help Carolina in any way right now, but putting forth a solid effort goes a long way to the fans and the coaches.  With 10 games left, it's time for every player to leave it on the ice and give the fans something to cheer for.  Now on to the stats for the week of 3/18/15 through 3/24/15.

Canes Weekly Stats

Player

GP

TO/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

Tka

FO%

John-Michael Liles

2

21:11

0

2

2

1

0

6

5

2

5

0

Victor Rask

3

18:16

1

1

2

-1

0

13

1

1

0

1

40.0

Ryan Murphy

3

18:17

1

0

1

-4

0

3

3

4

2

4

Jordan Staal

3

17:49

0

1

1

-2

0

4

4

1

4

4

61.2

Eric Staal

3

18:01

0

1

1

-2

2

9

3

1

1

0

57.9

Elias Lindholm

3

17:26

1

0

1

-2

0

8

6

1

2

3

36.4

Danny Biega

3

15:57

0

1

1

-1

0

0

5

5

3

0

Nathan Gerbe

3

17:37

0

0

0

E

0

10

3

1

0

4

Andrej Nestrasil

3

14:35

0

0

0

-2

2

3

5

2

1

3

Jay McClement

3

10:06

0

0

0

-4

0

1

4

0

0

1

63.0

Riley Nash

2

16:10

0

0

0

E

0

2

5

1

0

1

39.1

Brad Malone

1

12:13

0

0

0

-1

0

1

6

1

2

0

Chris Terry

3

10:18

0

0

0

-3

2

7

3

0

0

0

Justin Faulk

3

23:45

0

0

0

-3

0

14

5

2

3

1

Alexander Semin

3

15:39

0

0

0

E

0

3

1

0

0

2

Patrick Dwyer

3

11:26

0

0

0

-3

2

5

6

2

2

1

Michal Jordan

2

17:22

0

0

0

-2

0

1

2

5

0

0

Jeff Skinner

3

16:29

0

0

0

-3

0

7

2

1

2

4

50.0

Ron Hainsey

3

24:15

0

0

0

-2

0

7

6

3

2

2

Brett Bellemore

2

20:41

0

0

0

-2

0

1

12

6

2

0

Goalie

GP

GS

W

L

OTL

Shots

GA

Sv

Sv %

GAA

Ev Sv %

PP Sv %

Anton Khudobin

3

3

0

2

1

75

8

67

.893

2.61

.887

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

Lindholm

3

66.1

64.1

70.1

68.1

27

9

Faulk

3

66.7

63.7

67.4

63.9

23

19

Rask

3

63.1

63.3

67.1

65.3

18

8

Hainsey

3

60.4

59.0

64.4

62.1

26

17

Gerbe

3

61.4

58.7

63.1

63.0

18

13

E. Staal

3

66.4

67.1

62.3

62.5

24

10

Murphy

3

56.2

56.9

59.7

55.6

25

10

Jordan

2

67.6

68.2

59.3

62.5

15

5

J. Staal

3

63.3

60.5

58.7

58.3

20

13

Dwyer

3

56.9

57.4

58.5

51.6

9

15

Skinner

3

59.1

53.6

58.3

51.7

20

9

Semin

3

61.6

61.2

57.8

57.1

13

10

Nash

2

58.0

55.9

56.8

56.0

9

8

Bellemore

2

53.5

46.5

56.1

41.7

10

11

Liles

2

52.6

49.2

50.9

50.0

14

13

Biega

3

50.6

51.6

49.1

47.6

17

17

McClement

3

44.6

38.6

48.6

33.3

7

15

Nestrasil

3

52.7

48.4

48.1

46.2

20

9

Terry

3

63.4

61.4

45.2

35.0

12

6

Malone

1

47.6

53.8

40.0

25.0

0

8


Weekly Studs

John-Michael Liles – The much maligned defenseman was actually one of the better players for the Canes this week.  He only played in 2 games, registering an assist in each and leading Carolina with 2 assists for the week.  Liles also tied Rask with a team high 2 points and despite being known as an offensive defenseman, he did accounting for 5 hits.  But the thing that stands out most is Liles +1 rating.  He was the only Cane in the positive rating.  Liles isn’t a regular in Peters’ system, but looking at the past couple of month, maybe he should be.  He has 10 points in his past 19 games and 6 points in his past 9 games.  Liles also is a +7 in his past 10 games.

Victor Rask – Rask makes the stud list for the second week in a row.  He tied for the team lead in goals & points and was 2nd on the team in shots with 13.  His faceoff numbers were pretty poor and he didn’t register many hits, blocks or takeaways, but he was clearly one of Carolina’s best forwards.  His possession numbers were excellent, all above 63%.  He ranked 2nd on the team in 5-on-5 Close Fenwick and was 3rd in 5-on-5 Close Corsi.  Rask has had a few difficult stretches throughout the year, but he has been one of the few bright spots in this very difficult seasons.  If he can continue to progress, Carolina will have another 2nd Round Pick that has turned into a key player.

Danny Biega – I have been critical of most of the Canes young defensemen because I don’t think their much more than situation players or extra defensemen.  But so far, early on, I am somewhat impressed with Biega.  It’s only been 3 NHL games, but I think he could be a decent bottom pairing defenseman.  He’s solid, plays with some physicality, blocks shots, moves the puck ok and you can see he not going to be push around like others.  I’m not trying to imply that he could develop into a top 4 guy, but based on what I’ve seen, I would put Biega over Jordan & Rissanen.  I would also rather see him as a regular in the lineup than Murphy, even though Murphy has a higher ceiling.  The Canes need a blueline makeover, but I wouldn’t be against a Liles/Biega bottom pairing next year.

Weekly Duds

Ryan Murphy – It might be unfair putting Murphy here, he did score 1 of Carolina’s 3 goals this week.  But I am just not impressed with his game.  His lack of strength and awareness in his own zone are directly leading to goals against.  And I don’t see his offensive game being to a level that makes up for his defensive inefficiencies.  He tied for a team worst -4 for the week and is -13 on the year in only 28 games.  Murphy now has 80 games played in his 3rd NHL season and I’m just not seeing progression.  He’s appears to be a PP specialist/situational defenseman and the Hurricanes need someone with a more complete game.

Andrej Nestrasil – Nestrasil had a pretty difficult week.  He didn’t register any points and was eventually demoted to the 4th line.  He was in the bottom 5 in every possession category, with 3 of the 4 being below 50%.  The worst part is that he had those numbers despite getting 20 of 29 starts in the offensive zone.  Nesty has been a good pickup for Carolina and has been putting up points before this week.  So hopefully this is just a rookie slump and he will round back into form.

Eric Staal – Talk about a player slumping, look no further than Eric.  Staal has 1 point in his last 7 and is a -4 in that stretch.  But what is probably the worst thing is that the effort doesn’t appear to be there consistently through the game.  Eric is suppose to be the leader of this team, he suppose to pick them up when their down, come through with the big play when needed.  He is not doing any of this currently.  Maybe an unknown injury is behind all of this, that’s something we won’t know until probably the end of the season.  But either way, the fans and his teammates need to see Eric laying it all out on the ice, fighting until the very end.

Weekly Team Stats

Goals Per Game

Goals Against Per Game

Ranking

Team

G/PG

Ranking

Team

GA/PG

1.

Ottawa

5.33

1.

NY Islanders

0.50

2.

Columbus

4.25

T2.

Montreal

1.00

3.

Tampa Bay

4.00

T2.

Nashville

1.00

4.

Vancouver

3.50

4.

Dallas

1.33

5.

Dallas

3.33

5.

Chicago

1.67

T6.

Calgary

3.00

6.

Winnipeg

1.75

T6.

Colorado

3.00

T7.

Calgary

2.00

T6.

Edmonton

3.00

T7.

Florida

2.00

T6.

Nashville

3.00

T7.

Minnesota

2.00

30.

Carolina

1.00

T21.

Carolina

3.00

Shots Per Game

Shots Against Per Game

Ranking

Team

S/PG

Ranking

Team

SA/PG

1.

Vancouver

39.0

1.

Edmonton

25.0

2.

Edmonton

38.3

T2.

Boston

25.3

3.

Nashville

37.0

T2.

Carolina

25.3

4.

Ottawa

36.7

4.

Florida

26.3

5.

Anaheim

36.0

5.

Nashville

26.5

6.

Carolina

35.0

6.

Calgary

26.7

T7.

NY Islanders

34.0

7.

Washington

27.0

T7.

San Jose

34.0

8.

Detroit

27.5

9.

Pittsburgh

31.7

9.

Anaheim

27.8

T10.

Dallas

31.3

10.

St. Louis

28.3

PowerPlay Percentage

Penalty Kill Percentage

Ranking

Team

PP %

Ranking

Team

PK %

T1.

Columbus

40.0

T1.

Calgary

100

T1.

Nashville

40.0

T1.

Carolina

100

T3.

Boston

37.5

T1.

Colorado

100

T3.

Vancouver

37.5

T1.

Nashville

100

T5.

Calgary

30.0

T1.

NY Islanders

100

T5.

Dallas

30.0

T1.

Pittsburgh

100

T7.

Los Angeles

27.3

T1.

San Jose

100

T7.

St. Louis

27.3

8.

Winnipeg

90.9

T9.

Carolina

25.0

9.

Los Angeles

87.5

T9.

San Jose

25.0

10.

St. Louis

86.7

Hits

Blocked Shots

Ranking

Team

Hits

Ranking

Team

BkS

1.

Arizona

150

1.

Vancouver

84

2.

Winnipeg

130

2.

Buffalo

71

3.

NY Rangers

128

T3.

Minnesota

65

4.

Los Angeles

110

T3.

NY Rangers

65

5.

Toronto

108

5.

St. Louis

64

6.

Florida

107

6.

Winnipeg

63

7.

Anaheim

105

7.

Columbus

60

8.

Pittsburgh

102

8.

Arizona

59

9.

Columbus

99

9.

Montreal

55

11.

Carolina

87

T21.

Carolina

39

Giveaways

Takeaways

Ranking

Team

GvA

Ranking

Team

TkA

1.

Washington

14

1.

Calgary

57

2.

Philadelphia

15

2.

Minnesota

49

3.

Florida

16

3.

Dallas

42

T4.

Colorado

17

4.

NY Rangers

35

T4.

New Jersey

17

5.

Winnipeg

32

T4.

Pittsburgh

17

T6.

Carolina

31

T7.

Boston

20

T6.

Ottawa

31

T7.

St. Louis

20

7.

Tampa Bay

27

9.

Nashville

21

T9.

Columbus

26

T24.

Carolina

33

T9.

Toronto

26

Team Faceoff Percentage

Team Save Percentage

Ranking

Team

FO %

Ranking

Team

Sv %

1.

Nashville

61.5

1.

NY Islanders

0.983

2.

NY Islanders

57.1

2.

Montreal

0.967

3.

Columbus

56.8

3.

Nashville

0.962

4.

Dallas

56.7

4.

Dallas

0.957

5.

St. Louis

55.7

5.

Chicago

0.949

6.

Boston

54.7

6.

Winnipeg

0.944

T7.

Philadelphia

54.2

7.

Columbus

0.940

T7.

Arizona

54.2

8.

Pittsburgh

0.935

9.

Tampa Bay

53.9

9.

NY Rangers

0.933

14.

Carolina

51.5

26.

Carolina

0.882


Former Canes Weekly Stats

Player

Team

GP

TOI/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

Tka

ASCF%

Vrbata

VAN

4

17:26

3

4

7

1

0

20

2

4

2

2

51.3

Eaves

DAL

2

13:44

2

2

4

4

0

9

1

0

0

3

66.7

Williams

LAK

4

16:04

1

2

3

2

2

10

1

1

0

2

56.4

Cole

DET

4

12:39

2

0

2

-3

0

12

6

1

0

0

63.3

Jokinen

FLA

3

16:18

1

1

2

-1

0

4

5

0

0

4

52.4

Cullen

NSH

1

11:09

0

2

2

1

0

3

0

1

0

0

74.2

Tlusty

WPG

4

13:32

1

1

2

-1

2

5

1

0

0

0

52.9

Sekera

LAK

4

21:44

1

0

1

1

0

9

2

3

3

0

57.2

Malhotra

MTL

2

10:10

0

1

1

1

0

3

2

3

1

0

43.9

Sutter

PIT

3

16:38

1

0

1

E

0

11

3

2

1

0

58.2

Ladd

WPG

4

20:28

0

1

1

-2

2

6

11

5

2

2

56.5

Harrison

WPG

4

12:10

0

1

1

E

2

3

4

1

5

2

52.5

Seidenberg

BOS

3

22:01

0

0

0

-5

6

2

6

11

1

0

44.4

Dalpe

BUF

3

9:50

0

0

0

-1

0

4

1

3

0

0

45.5

Ruutu

NJD

2

13:59

0

0

0

-1

0

1

2

1

1

0

40.6

Adams

PIT

3

8:14

0

0

0

-1

7

1

9

1

0

0

25.0