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There really isn't anything the Hurricanes are playing for at the moment, but pride. And they had a pretty decent week going 2-1-1 in their 4 games. The captain rebounded from his longest scoring slump of the season to collect 6 points and every player that played in all 4 games (except Hainsey), registered at least 1 point. But the shock of the week was that the non-physical Carolina Hurricanes actually led the league in hits this week! Next thing you know, Stormy will be flying.

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The season is drawing to a close, only 6 games remain until Hurricane golfing season.  But these guys aren't going out without a fight.  They took it to the Penguins, winning pretty easily 5-2.  They came out victorious against a fellow bottom dweller in the Devils.  The slugged it out with the Bruins, only to lose in the last minute of overtime.  And they held the Capitals to only 1 3rd period shot on goal, despite losing the game 4-2.  It wasn't a great week, but it wasn't a bad one either.  And with the Leafs winning 2 in a row, there might still be an outside chance the Canes improve their draft lottery odds.  But on to the stats for the week of 3/25/15 through 3/31/15.

Canes Weekly Stats

Player

GP

TO/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

Tka

FO%

Eric Staal

4

18:52

3

3

6

2

0

15

8

5

4

4

56.5

Chris Terry

4

14:36

1

2

3

3

0

5

5

0

3

2

Ryan Murphy

4

18:33

1

1

2

4

0

6

3

3

5

3

Jordan Staal

4

19:36

0

2

2

3

2

7

16

0

0

6

53.7

Nathan Gerbe

4

16:02

2

0

2

E

2

14

7

3

4

7

0

Elias Lindholm

4

16:58

0

2

2

1

2

7

2

2

3

7

60.0

Brad Malone

4

10:18

0

2

2

1

4

0

9

1

1

1

50.0

Justin Faulk

4

25:19

1

1

2

1

0

8

15

6

1

6

Alexander Semin

3

14:35

1

1

2

E

0

6

3

0

1

1

Victor Rask

4

16:58

0

2

2

E

0

11

2

1

2

1

67.4

Andrej Nestrasil

4

13:42

1

0

1

1

0

9

5

1

0

4

Jay McClement

4

12:04

1

0

1

-1

0

2

2

1

2

1

60.3

Riley Nash

2

12:43

0

1

1

1

0

5

3

1

0

1

42.9

John-Michael Liles

4

21:32

0

1

1

-3

2

5

15

6

2

4

Danny Biega

4

15:34

0

1

1

E

0

3

15

1

2

0

Jeff Skinner

4

15:50

0

1

1

-1

2

10

1

1

3

3

0

Patrick Dwyer

3

11:50

0

0

0

-2

0

4

7

1

1

4

Michal Jordan

2

16:45

0

0

0

3

0

1

5

4

1

0

Ron Hainsey

4

22:03

0

0

0

2

2

1

7

3

2

3

Brett Bellemore

2

16:47

0

0

0

-3

0

1

8

1

2

0

Goalie

GP

GS

W

L

OTL

Shots

GA

Sv

Sv %

GAA

Ev Sv %

PP Sv %

Anton Khudobin

1

1

0

0

1

30

2

28

.933

1.87

.926

1.000

Cam Ward

3

3

2

1

0

71

7

64

.901

2.33

.906

.833


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

Nash

2

62.2

59.4

75.0

65.0

7

7

Nestrasil

4

72.9

72.6

68.8

65.8

24

16

Biega

4

60.2

59.8

63.9

64.3

21

16

Gerbe

4

57.8

60.0

62.9

60.3

16

22

Terry

4

62.1

58.0

60.7

55.8

20

14

Semin

3

58.2

56.9

60.0

53.3

21

12

Liles

4

54.9

53.4

59.8

59.7

27

36

J. Staal

4

54.8

56.0

59.6

57.4

40

29

E. Staal

4

60.9

61.6

58.2

59.0

45

21

Hainsey

4

49.4

47.7

56.6

51.9

27

42

Murphy

4

57.5

59.8

55.2

58.5

27

17

Bellemore

2

50.0

52.1

54.8

55.0

7

17

Skinner

4

52.2

51.1

53.4

53.3

19

17

Faulk

4

53.0

50.7

52.8

47.6

45

47

Rask

4

54.5

54.4

51.6

53.7

28

19

Lindholm

4

56.5

55.4

51.3

51.6

33

17

Malone

4

46.7

47.9

49.0

51.2

11

21

Jordan

2

44.2

46.2

48.6

51.9

10

8

Dwyer

3

43.4

42.5

47.5

48.3

9

27

McClement

4

33.8

31.7

42.2

42.9

10

38


Weekly Studs

Eric Staal – Eric was coming off a game where he had an assist to break his season-high 6 game scoring slump.  He proceeded to get a goal and 2 assists against the Penguins.  He also had multiple other opportunities to score that game and this week.  Eric led the team in goals, assists, points and shots on goal.  He tied for 5th in +/-, was 6th in hits, 3rd in blocks, tied for 5th in takeaways and had possession numbers all above 54%.  It was a good week for Eric and one that we all hope to see much more often from him.  This level of production isn’t likely sustainable over the course of a season, but seeing numbers like this shows that Eric can still produce, he just has to find a higher level of consistency and work for it night in and night out.

Chris Terry – I have been plenty hard on Terry this year and I’m still not sure if I buy that he’s a full-time NHL player.  But he has shown flashes throughout the year and this week was one of those flashes.  He was 2nd on the team in points, assists and +/-.  Terry even ranked in the top 5 in both Corsi categories and had a low possession number of 55.8%.  Terry has been putting in the work and the coaching staff has obviously noticed.  His TOI increased every game this week and his 19:16 against Washington represents a career-high by almost a full 2 minutes.  The guy can shoot the puck and it seems as if the rest of his game is rounding into form.  Could I be wrong and Terry is an actual NHLer? 

Jordan Staal – Now this was more of the Jordan Staal the Canes were expecting, still minus the scoring though.  Jordan led the team in hits, using his big body to punish opponents.  He also tied for 2nd on the team in both takeaways and +/-.  Jordan did even collect 2 assists for the week, he is just having the damnedest time scoring goals.  His possession numbers were all above 54% and he was 1 of only 3 Canes that did not have a giveaway.  If he can add the somewhat frequent goal, this is the Jordan Staal Carolina wants and needs.  The way he played this week makes this team so much tougher to play against.  You add in some scoring and these tight 1 goal losses start to become wins.

Weekly Duds

Jeff Skinner – Statistically this was a decent to good week for almost every Hurricane, but I think you would have to say it was rather disappointing for Skinner.  He did get an assist and did get 10 shots on goal, but Skinner finished with a -1 rating and had a team low 1 hit.  His possession numbers were all above 51%, but he was in the bottom half in every category.  This team as a whole is inconsistent, but no one symbolizes the inconsistency as much as Skinner.  When he’s on, he quite good, but when he’s not, he’s doesn’t do much of anything.  There was one play this week, I think against Boston, where Lindholm set him up beautifully and Skinner just flubbed it.  Things like that happen, but that represented Jeff’s week.

Brett Bellemore – I really thought that Bellemore was starting to play much more like last year recently.  He’s never going to be a bonofide top 4 defenseman, but he can be solid, physical defenseman.  He only played in 2 games this week and tied for a team-worst -3 rating in limited ice time.  Bellemore was still pretty physical, registering 8 hits in 2 games, but he really didn’t do a whole lot other than that.  At this point, I think Bellemore is getting bypassed by certain other players like Biega and I’m not sure he is going to earn more than a two-way contract for next year.  It’s sad, because he showed a little potential last year, but the contract holdout really didn’t do him any good.

Jay McClement – I’m honestly grasping at straws here.  The players as a whole had a pretty good week.  The reason I’m putting McClement in this last spot is mainly due to Dwyer’s numbers.  McClement plays in tough situations, generally has pretty poor possession numbers and doesn’t provide much offense.  He did score a goal this week, but had the worst possession on the team, was a -1 and ranked low on the team in every stat.  But look at Dwyer’s numbers last week when he played some with Jordan Staal.  Dwyer didn’t produce any points and was a minus player, but had possession numbers all above 51%.  This week, with McClement, he had zero points and was a minus player again.  But his possession numbers dropped into the 40s.  Jay has a new contract and hasn’t really done a lot since getting it, he needs to step up his play.

Weekly Team Stats

Goals Per Game

Goals Against Per Game

Ranking

Team

G/PG

Ranking

Team

GA/PG

T1.

Columbus

4.00

1.

Edmonton

1.33

T1.

Edmonton

4.00

T2.

Minnesota

1.50

T1.

Minnesota

4.00

T2.

Philadelphia

1.50

T4.

Calgary

3.75

4.

Anaheim

1.67

T4.

Washington

3.75

T5.

Boston

2.00

T6.

Buffalo

3.33

T5.

Columbus

2.00

T6.

San Jose

3.33

T7.

Carolina

2.25

T6.

Winnipeg

3.33

T7.

Florida

2.25

T9.

Colorado

3.25

9.

Washington

2.50

T17.

Carolina

2.75

T10.

San Jose

2.67

Shots Per Game

Shots Against Per Game

Ranking

Team

S/PG

Ranking

Team

SA/PG

1.

Buffalo

36.3

1.

St. Louis

19.5

2.

Pittsburgh

36.0

2.

Tampa Bay

24.5

3.

San Jose

35.3

3.

Carolina

25.3

4.

Tampa Bay

34.5

4.

Florida

26.5

5.

Dallas

33.8

5.

Washington

27.0

6.

Los Angeles

33.7

T6.

New Jersey

28.0

7.

Colorado

33.5

T6.

Pittsburgh

28.0

8.

Chicago

33.0

T8.

Nashville

28.3

9.

Edmonton

32.7

T8.

San Jose

28.3

15.

Carolina

29.0

T10.

Detroit

28.5

PowerPlay Percentage

Penalty Kill Percentage

Ranking

Team

PP %

Ranking

Team

PK %

1.

Minnesota

66.7

T1.

Minnesota

100

2.

Edmonton

50.0

T1.

Washington

100

T3.

Florida

40.0

3.

NY Rangers

92.3

T3.

NY Islanders

40.0

4.

Nashville

91.7

T3.

Philadelphia

40.0

T5.

Edmonton

88.9

6.

Vancouver

36.4

T5.

New Jersey

88.9

T7.

Buffalo

33.3

T7.

Boston

87.5

T7.

New Jersey

33.3

T7.

Buffalo

87.5

T9.

Columbus

28.6

9.

Tampa Bay

86.7

27.

Carolina

9.1

10.

Carolina

85.7

Hits

Blocked Shots

Ranking

Team

Hits

Ranking

Team

BkS

1.

Carolina

138

1.

Calgary

91

2.

Washington

136

2.

Florida

77

3.

New Jersey

124

3.

Nashville

61

4.

Boston

121

T4.

Colorado

60

5.

Florida

117

T4.

NY Rangers

60

6.

Ottawa

116

6.

Vancouver

58

7.

Toronto

102

T7.

Edmonton

52

8.

Tampa Bay

99

T7.

NY Islanders

52

9.

NY Islanders

98

T9.

Boston

51

10.

Columbus

97

T20.

Carolina

41

Giveaways

Takeaways

Ranking

Team

GvA

Ranking

Team

TkA

1.

Buffalo

4

1.

Carolina

57

2.

Arizona

7

2.

Calgary

49

3.

Los Angeles

12

3.

NY Islanders

43

4.

Columbus

13

4.

Dallas

37

5.

St. Louis

15

5.

Toronto

33

6.

Minnesota

16

6.

NY Rangers

31

7.

San Jose

18

7.

New Jersey

30

T8.

New Jersey

19

8.

Edmonton

29

T8.

Philadelphia

19

9.

Washington

28

T24.

Carolina

40

T10.

Florida

27

Team Faceoff Percentage

Team Save Percentage

Ranking

Team

FO %

Ranking

Team

Sv %

1.

Toronto

60.9

1.

Philadelphia

0.962

2.

Anaheim

59.0

2.

Edmonton

0.961

3.

Dallas

58.9

3.

Minnesota

0.947

4.

Carolina

58.6

4.

Anaheim

0.943

5.

Arizona

55.8

T5.

Columbus

0.933

6.

Los Angeles

55.6

T5.

Boston

0.933

7.

Winnipeg

54.4

T7.

Colorado

0.915

8.

Nashville

54.1

T7.

Florida

0.915

9.

San Jose

53.2

T7.

Toronto

0.915

10.

Tampa Bay

51.8

11.

Carolina

0.911


Former Canes Weekly Stats

Player

Team

GP

TOI/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

Tka

ASCF%

Vrbata

VAN

4

16:45

2

2

4

2

6

16

4

1

0

0

61.3

Ladd

WPG

3

19:20

0

3

3

1

2

5

7

1

1

1

56.5

Dalpe

BUF

3

10:23

0

2

2

-1

0

9

4

1

0

1

50.8

Eaves

DAL

4

16:09

1

1

2

E

0

6

6

0

1

3

57.9

Tlusty

WPG

3

10:29

0

2

2

2

2

3

0

1

1

2

64.8

Jokinen

FLA

4

17:35

1

0

1

-3

0

11

3

7

2

2

43.7

Sekera

LAK

3

18:48

0

1

1

2

2

3

2

4

2

0

61.4

Sutter

PIT

3

15:06

1

0

1

E

0

9

6

1

0

1

57.1

Adams

PIT

3

9:50

0

1

1

E

0

2

9

2

1

2

42.5

Seidenberg

BOS

4

23:23

0

0

0

2

2

4

20

9

1

0

39.5

Williams

LAK

3

16:20

0

0

0

E

0

9

1

0

0

3

67.4

Carter

MIN

1

12:12

0

0

0

-1

0

1

1

2

1

1

33.3

Ruutu

NJD

4

9:39

0

0

0

-2

0

3

13

0

0

0

45.8

Gleason

WSH

4

15:08

0

0

0

3

0

1

8

4

0

2

48.3