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The season that started with so little expectations ended just that way. It was a disappointing season, where many player underperformed and the stats back that up. There were a few bright spots with the progression of Justin Faulk, the emergence of Victor Rask and the solid job of the coaching staff. Now the spotlight falls on Ron Francis and it's his time to make improve the roster and the franchise.

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The Carolina Hurricanes ended the season with a nice road victory over the Flyers.  The game was rather close, but Carolina was able to capitalize a little more and walked away with the win.  The Canes ended the season at home against the Red Wings.  And like most of the season, the Hurricanes inability to put the puck in the net cost them the game.  The Canes won the possession battle, but lost the war because they couldn't hit the mark.  And so goes the Hurricanes 2014/2015 season.  There wasn't a lot of promise heading into the season and that was what was delivered.  Carolina finished the season 30-41-11 and outside the playoff picture for the 6th season in a row.  Things need to improve, but can Francis make the necessary changes?  Here are the stats for the 2014/2015 season.

Canes Season Stats

The chart is arranged by highest point totals.  The top 5 in each category are highlighted in YELLOW.

Player

GP

TO/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

Tka

FO%

Eric Staal

77

18:50

23

31

54

-13

41

244

65

27

47

38

51.3

Justin Faulk

82

24:25

15

34

49

-19

30

238

157

114

50

70

Elias Lindholm

81

16:25

17

22

39

-23

14

170

106

30

42

36

52.3

Victor Rask

80

16:20

11

22

33

-14

16

172

42

36

34

46

51.0

Jeff Skinner

77

16:02

18

13

31

-24

18

235

47

12

42

62

45.6

Nathan Gerbe

78

16:26

10

18

28

-14

34

235

73

23

38

51

60.0

Riley Nash

68

16:18

8

17

25

-10

12

94

88

46

29

52

50.9

Jordan Staal

46

18:33

6

18

24

-6

14

92

85

15

24

39

56.4

Jiri Tlusty

52

17:12

13

10

23

-17

16

97

64

27

18

24

33.3

John-Michael Liles

57

19:08

2

20

22

-9

14

90

71

74

38

19

Jay McClement

82

13:34

7

14

21

-7

17

68

79

53

14

42

55.4

Chris Terry

57

12:43

11

9

20

-4

14

71

44

17

20

21

54.6

Alexander Semin

57

15:55

6

13

19

-10

32

93

30

17

34

48

33.3

Andrej Sekera

57

22:46

2

17

19

-7

8

77

46

100

46

42

Andrej Nestrasil

41

14:04

7

11

18

2

4

66

49

14

12

27

57.6

Brad Malone

65

10:09

7

8

15

-8

74

65

162

16

19

16

61.2

Ryan Murphy

37

18:17

4

9

13

-11

8

61

20

37

30

20

Patrick Dwyer

71

12:46

5

7

12

-12

10

77

145

38

14

26

26.3

Ron Hainsey

81

21:05

2

8

10

-14

16

83

110

120

48

22

100

Brett Bellemore

49

16:22

2

8

10

1

27

26

148

54

28

9

Tim Gleason

55

16:39

1

6

7

-18

44

44

133

88

16

6

Zach Boychuk

31

10:37

3

3

6

E

4

35

40

9

3

9

Michal Jordan

38

15:56

2

4

6

-7

4

44

35

61

19

8

Jay Harrison

20

16:30

1

3

4

-5

42

23

35

35

5

7

Danny Biega

10

16:08

0

2

2

-5

0

7

27

7

7

1

Rasmus Rissanen

6

14:58

0

0

0

-5

4

3

25

7

3

0

Patrick Brown

7

8:52

0

0

0

-4

4

4

11

2

0

1

Jack Hillen

3

18:35

0

0

0

-2

0

4

5

5

0

2

Brody Sutter

4

7:26

0

0

0

-2

0

0

3

2

1

0

50.0

Keegan Lowe

2

13:50

0

0

0

-2

10

0

3

4

0

2

Justin Shugg

3

5:41

0

0

0

E

2

3

3

0

1

0

Brendan Woods

2

6:02

0

0

0

-1

0

3

2

0

0

0

Goalie

GP

GS

W

L

OTL

Shots

GA

Sv

Sv %

GAA

Ev Sv %

PP Sv %

Anton Khudobin

34

32

8

17

6

874

87

787

.900

2.72

.914

.883

Cam Ward

51

50

22

24

5

1351

121

1230

.910

2.40

.902

.890


Season Advanced Stats

The chart is arranged by the highest 5 on 5 Corsi For Percentage.  Also listed in RED are the team's possession numbers in each situation.  The top 5 in each category are highlighted in YELLOW.

Here is a little key to some of my abbreviations. 55 – 5 on 5 (Even Strength), 5C – 5 on 5 Close, CF% - Corsi For Percentage, FF% - Fenwick For Percentage, SC% - Scoring Chances Percentage.  If you would like more advanced statistics, this information was collected from www.war-on-ice.com.

Player

GP

55CF%

55FF%

55SC%

5CCF%

5CFF%

5CSC%

TEAM

82

52.4

52.2

51.0

52.1

52.1

50.8

J. Staal

46

59.54

57.54

58.98

58.27

56.77

57.53

Biega

10

57.46

57.69

53.54

59.22

59.12

54.32

E. Staal

77

57.18

55.82

56.60

56.19

54.91

55.57

Semin

57

55.89

54.59

54.60

54.44

52.63

53.53

Nestrasil

41

55.20

55.23

53.54

53.67

53.52

50.31

Liles

57

54.98

55.00

54.99

54.25

55.25

55.10

Tlusty

52

54.80

53.65

52.22

54.17

53.62

51.50

Faulk

82

54.77

53.77

52.69

54.43

53.47

52.75

Rask

80

53.85

53.81

50.67

54.63

54.65

52.28

Hillen

3

53.85

50.00

51.02

54.69

48.78

54.84

Gerbe

78

53.77

54.36

52.17

54.22

54.60

52.40

Lindholm

81

53.41

52.86

51.89

54.10

54.25

52.85

Sekera

57

53.02

52.68

50.05

52.60

52.20

49.26

Nash

68

52.59

51.72

52.79

52.83

52.48

52.63

Hainsey

81

51.95

52.30

51.79

51.83

53.20

52.57

Terry

57

51.91

51.70

51.60

50.52

50.87

51.15

Harrison

20

51.74

51.51

49.12

49.76

49.34

45.98

Jordan

38

51.61

51.83

50.00

50.53

51.83

49.37

Skinner

77

51.53

51.52

51.75

51.72

51.74

51.09

Murphy

37

51.11

49.86

49.27

51.93

49.81

49.71

Rissanen

6

49.66

45.79

50.68

51.46

46.75

55.56

Boychuk

31

48.97

50.00

44.06

48.21

49.39

44.22

Gleason

55

48.94

48.65

46.39

47.91

47.44

45.42

Bellemore

49

47.99

49.39

48.98

48.75

50.28

48.11

Shugg

3

47.83

45.00

66.67

38.89

33.33

55.56

Brown

7

46.24

46.03

45.00

40.68

41.86

44.83

Malone

65

45.17

46.51

42.35

45.39

47.50

44.32

Dwyer

71

44.77

45.77

42.37

44.24

45.58

42.01

McClement

82

43.70

44.98

42.32

43.02

44.55

42.19

Sutter

4

42.22

44.44

31.58

36.00

42.86

35.71

Lowe

2

31.37

21.21

28.00

32.00

21.88

28.00

Woods

2

28.57

38.46

40.00

28.57

38.46

40.00

Season Studs

Justin Faulk – I would say without question, Faulk was the team’s best player this year.  Almost everything he did this year were career-highs and he continued to play at a top level when Sekera was traded.  Faulk has been a very important piece to this franchise for a couple of years now, but this season he became a legit top-pairing defenseman.  He was 1st in time on-ice and assists, was 2nd in points (leading for some time) and was 4th in goals.  Justin also ranked in the top 5 in shots, hits, blocks, giveaways and takeaways.  Faulk also led the team in PP points, shorthanded points (scoring both of Carolina’s shorthanded goals this season) and tied for the team lead with 4 game-winning goals.  All of his 5-on-5 possession numbers were between 52.6% & 54.8%.  Those aren’t top 5 numbers on the team, but they are all top 10 and that is even more impressive considering the duties he had this season.  Faulk was tasked to do pretty much everything for the 14/15 Hurricanes and that is what he did.  While it would be nice for management to get some more quality defensemen to help lessen the load, Faulk has become the most important player in this franchise and will be playing the most important minutes.

Victor Rask – Rask wasn’t expected to be a full-time NHLer this season, but due to Jordan’s injury, he was thrust into a significant role and he did quite well.  Depending on how you want to look at it, Rask had time at 1st line center, 2nd line center, 3rd line center and major minutes on the PP.  He was 10th in the league in rookie scoring and 4th on the Hurricanes, outpacing guys like Skinner, Semin and Gerbe.  Rask was top 5 on the team in 4 regular categories and 2 possession categories.  He was also one of only 4 Canes that had double digit PP points.  But another thing that really stood out to me was his faceoff numbers.  Rask took the 3rd most faceoffs on the team and was at 51% as a rookie!  Overall, Rask was solid, but for rookie he was quite good.  There are still some things that he needs to work on, like his skating, but there is definitely a good base for future progression.

Jordan Staal – This last spot came down to Jordan and Elias and both had some good points and bad points.  Jordan didn’t exactly light the world on fire with his stats.  He only had 6 goals and 18 assists, but was 1 of only 3 Canes to average over 0.50 ppg.  He also had pretty dominate possession numbers.  Jordan finished in the top 2 in every Even-Strength possession category.  His lowest number was 56.77% and represented his career possession figures.  But the thing that put Jordan over the top was the team’s performance.   The Canes were 20-19-7 with Jordan in the lineup and 10-24-4 without him.  And those numbers were even better before the trade deadline.  Jordan had a solid, not spectacular, season where the team played better with him in the lineup than when he wasn’t.  Was he overslotted as a 1st line center, yes, but all he did was play where Peters put him.  Hopefully going into next season healthy and slotted more appropriately, Jordan can focus on shutting down the opponent’s top line and that will lead to improved offensive numbers.  Only time will tell, but the record shows this team is better with him playing.

Season Duds

Alexander Semin – I don’t think there is any question as to who struggled most this season for Carolina.  Semin had a season he would like to forget.  It was a career-low in goals and points and that doesn’t describe the half of it.  Semin just wasn’t fitting into Peters system and as a result was scratched for a good number of games.  When he did play, he looked like he was thinking about everything rather than reacting, which led to turnovers and missed opportunities.  Alex averaged the lowest TOI/G since his rookie season and averaged 1.28 less shots per game than he has over his career.  His possession numbers were still good, but he did experience his first minus season here in Carolina.  There are a lot of questions surrounding Semin’s place on this team and his future with this franchise.  Whatever happens will happen, but he sure has a lot of mental and physical work to do this summer in hopes of getting back to the player he can be.

Jeff Skinner – Skinner has to be one of the most polarizing players on this team.  People either love him and think he is part of the future or they dislike him and would like to see him traded.  Either way, Skinner had a pretty miserable season.  Skinner has his point per game production drop to a career low and by a decent amount.  He also finished a team-worst -24 and had the lowest TOI/G of his career.  There were flashes of good Skinner, but they were followed by multiple stretches of bad Skinner.  Maybe the preseason concussion is to blame for his inconsistencies or maybe this is just Skinner’s game?  While his possession numbers did slightly improve, they didn’t really match the team’s overall increase.  He, like Semin, just didn’t really seem to find his place in the new system and it is probably a season Skinner would just rather move on from.  He still needs to work on his defensive play and consistency issues, but we all know the talent is there, it’s just a matter of putting it on display every day.

Anton Khudobin – Honestly, you could put a number of people in this spot and I feel bad for putting Dobby here because he didn’t receive a lot of offensive help this year.  But this was the season for Khudobin to take the reins in goal and he failed to do that.  Carolina’s team defense improved this season, yet Dobby did not.  The Hurricanes improved to 3rd in the league in shots against per game, over 3 less shots per game than last season.  The PK improved by 3 percentage points to 4th in the league and even the goal against improved by a tenth.  All of this should say that Khudobin’s numbers improved, but the opposite happened.  Dobby dropped from a 0.926 save percentage to 0.900, his goal against increased from 2.30 per game to 2.72 and his winning percentage decreased from 53% to 24%.  It was the worst statistical season of his career and I can’t explain why.  Maybe he needs more work or maybe he just fell in with many other Canes of having a bad season?  But in the end, it was a disappointing year for Dobby and will know have to fight even harder to get playing time from Cam next season.

Season Team Stats

Goals Per Game

Goals Against Per Game

Ranking

Team

G/PG

Ranking

Team

GA/PG

1.

Tampa Bay

3.16

1.

Montreal

2.24

2.

Dallas

3.13

2.

Chicago

2.27

3.

NY Rangers

3.02

3.

NY Rangers

2.28

4.

NY Islanders

2.99

T4.

Los Angeles

2.40

5.

St. Louis

2.92

T4.

St. Louis

2.40

T6.

Washington

2.89

6.

Minnesota

2.42

T6.

Calgary

2.89

7.

Washington

2.43

8.

Vancouver

2.88

8.

Boston

2.45

9.

Ottawa

2.83

9.

Nashville

2.46

23.

Carolina

2.23

18.

Carolina

2.67

Shots Per Game

Shots Against Per Game

Ranking

Team

S/PG

Ranking

Team

SA/PG

1.

Chicago

33.9

1.

Los Angeles

27.0

2.

NY Islanders

33.8

2.

St. Louis

27.2

3.

Nashville

31.9

3.

Carolina

27.3

T4.

Pittsburgh

31.6

4.

Minnesota

27.6

T4.

San Jose

31.6

5.

Tampa Bay

27.9

6.

NY Rangers

31.5

T6.

Nashville

28.3

7.

Dallas

31.2

T6.

NY Islanders

28.3

T8.

Boston

31.0

T6.

Detroit

28.3

T8.

Ottawa

31.0

9.

Winnipeg

28.7

T12.

Carolina

30.8

T10.

Anaheim

28.9

PowerPlay Percentage

Penalty Kill Percentage

Ranking

Team

PP %

Ranking

Team

PK %

1.

Washington

25.3

1.

Minnesota

86.3

2.

Detroit

23.8

2.

Vancouver

85.7

3.

Philadelphia

23.4

3.

Pittsburgh

84.8

4.

St. Louis

22.3

4.

Carolina

84.7

5.

Columbus

21.7

5.

Colorado

84.6

6.

San Jose

21.6

6.

NY Rangers

84.3

7.

Arizona

20.0

T7.

Tampa Bay

83.7

T8.

New Jersey

19.3

T7.

St. Louis

83.7

T8.

Vancouver

19.3

T7.

Montreal

83.7

15.

Carolina

18.8

10.

Chicago

83.4

Hits

Blocked Shots

Ranking

Team

Hits

Ranking

Team

BkS

1.

NY Islanders

2685

1.

Calgary

1557

2.

Los Angeles

2630

2.

Buffalo

1534

3.

Toronto

2545

3.

Montreal

1406

4.

Philadelphia

2511

4.

Colorado

1391

5.

Columbus

2510

5.

NY Islanders

1323

6.

Pittsburgh

2495

6.

San Jose

1292

7.

Arizona

2489

T7.

Arizona

1271

8.

Winnipeg

2409

T7.

Washington

1271

9.

Washington

2335

9.

Philadelphia

1248

17.

Carolina

1953

22.

Carolina

1090

Giveaways

Takeaways

Ranking

Team

GvA

Ranking

Team

TkA

1.

St. Louis

425

1.

Calgary

814

2.

Florida

472

2.

NY Islanders

774

3.

Columbus

485

3.

Toronto

756

4.

Buffalo

514

4.

Carolina

746

5.

Minnesota

522

5.

NY Rangers

667

6.

Arizona

538

6.

Colorado

664

7.

Colorado

545

7.

Ottawa

648

8.

Pittsburgh

581

8.

Dallas

645

9.

Philadelphia

588

9.

San Jose

624

20.

Carolina

720

10.

Edmonton

598

Team Faceoff Percentage

Team Save Percentage

Ranking

Team

FO %

Ranking

Team

Sv %

1.

Boston

53.6

1.

Montreal

0.926

2.

St. Louis

53.4

2.

Chicago

0.925

3.

Carolina

53.0

3.

NY Rangers

0.923

4.

Montreal

52.1

4.

Ottawa

0.921

5.

Chicago

52.0

T5.

Colorado

0.918

6.

San Jose

51.9

T5.

Boston

0.918

T7.

Arizona

51.8

7.

New Jersey

0.917

T7.

Dallas

51.8

8.

Washington

0.919

9.

Anaheim

51.6

T9.

Nashville

0.913

10.

Detroit

51.5

27.

Carolina

0.902


Former Canes Season Stats

Player

Team

GP

TOI/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

Tka

ASCF%

Vrbata

VAN

79

16:36

31

32

63

6

20

267

44

25

26

33

51.33

Ladd

WPG

81

20:04

24

38

62

9

72

224

212

38

50

26

53.94

Jokinen

FLA

81

16:44

8

36

44

-2

34

134

52

50

26

29

50.68

Williams

LAK

81

15:49

18

23

41

8

29

174

29

24

66

57

57.29

Cole

DET

68

14:32

21

18

39

2

14

98

134

20

28

24

50.97

Sutter

PIT

80

17.19

21

12

33

6

14

180

86

48

33

41

49.48

Eaves

DAL

47

13:43

14

13

27

12

8

91

69

27

10

18

54.23

Cullen

NSH

62

13:01

7

18

25

8

16

90

10

18

22

26

53.48

Seidenberg

BOS

82

22:06

3

11

14

-1

34

103

212

146

24

8

48.16

Carter

MIN

53

10:05

3

10

13

3

55

47

77

30

2

14

46.87

Ruutu

NJD

77

10:52

7

6

13

-3

28

74

174

23

22

15

49.01

McBain

LAK

26

12:41

3

6

9

4

4

18

21

28

6

3

53.44

Tlusty

WPG

20

12:57

1

7

8

-1

4

26

16

10

3

6

52.01

Adams

PIT

70

9:45

1

6

7

-1

44

51

183

29

7

6

47.72

Harrison

WPG

35

15:35

2

3

5

4

23

27

41

39

27

9

49.15

Sekera

LAK

16

19:13

1

3

4

4

6

23

13

18

10

1

60.15

Malhotra

MTL

58

10:51

1

3

4

-6

12

46

37

62

23

14

35.34

Dalpe

BUF

21

9:16

1

2

3

-11

4

29

21

15

3

5

40.11

Sutter

MIN

6

9:19

0

3

3

1

4

6

16

1

0

0

43.68

Allen

MTL

11

15:42

0

2

2

-2

6

6

20

15

8

0

53.00

Gleason

WSH

17

15:17

0

2

2

5

11

10

34

20

6

5

50.60

Bowman

MTL

3

6:31

0

0

0

E

0

0

3

0

0

0

33.33

Bodie

TOR

5

4:37

0

0

0

E

5

1

4

0

0

0

50.00