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When in the last week of the season and the Canes are finishing as they started. It hasn't been a good season and this week was pretty sad. In the team stats I keep track of for this article, you might notice the Hurricanes are in the last spot in 9 of the 12 tables. We're not the worst in the league, but we sure have a lot of areas that need improvement.

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Carolina started the week with a winnable game against the Panthers.  A win was certainly not in the cards as the Canes looked pathetic.  A late Chris Terry goal was the only thing that prevented this being the Canes largest defeat of the season.  Carolina came back to Raleigh to square off with the Flyers and turned in a nice performance.  The Canes should have won in regulation, but a turnover with minutes left sent the game to overtime and the good guys won in a shootout.  The Hurricanes dominated the shot totals in Buffalo, but got down big before staging a comeback.  But too little, too late and the Canes lost to the tankers.  In Motor City, the Canes started slow, but took a lead heading into the 3rd.  The Wings scored twice and Carolina couldn't get one by Jimmy Howard in the final stanza.  The Canes have now lost 5 of their past 6 and have 2 games remaining.  Maybe the guys are thinking about teeing it up.  Here are the stats for the week of 4/1/15 through 4/7/15.

Canes Weekly Stats

Player

GP

TO/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

Tka

FO%

Eric Staal

4

18:21

1

2

3

-1

0

13

1

1

4

1

55.0

Chris Terry

4

14:38

2

1

3

-1

0

10

3

1

2

1

Jordan Staal

4

18:47

1

1

2

E

0

13

6

1

1

2

63.9

Elias Lindholm

4

16:35

1

1

2

-2

0

6

5

1

1

1

52.4

John-Michael Liles

4

20:42

0

2

2

-1

0

4

2

5

1

0

Justin Faulk

4

24:51

0

2

2

E

0

18

5

10

3

3

Victor Rask

4

17:08

0

2

2

E

0

8

0

0

0

0

56.0

Nathan Gerbe

4

17:18

1

0

1

1

0

16

1

0

1

2

Jay McClement

4

13:24

0

1

1

-2

0

1

4

2

0

0

46.5

Alexander Semin

4

17:10

1

0

1

E

2

12

3

1

2

1

Patrick Dwyer

4

11:52

1

0

1

-1

0

8

7

1

0

1

Ryan Murphy

3

18:59

0

0

0

-1

0

0

0

3

1

0

Andrej Nestrasil

4

11:34

0

0

0

-6

2

3

5

0

1

0

83.3

Brad Malone

4

10:31

0

0

0

-3

0

4

7

1

1

1

71.4

Danny Biega

3

17:06

0

0

0

-4

0

4

7

1

2

1

Michal Jordan

4

15:56

0

0

0

-3

2

7

4

5

2

2

Jeff Skinner

4

17:19

0

0

0

-2

2

12

1

0

1

2

Ron Hainsey

4

21:34

0

0

0

-3

0

4

6

3

2

0

Brett Bellemore

2

19:26

0

0

0

E

0

1

3

1

2

0

Goalie

GP

GS

W

L

OTL

Shots

GA

Sv

Sv %

GAA

Ev Sv %

PP Sv %

Anton Khudobin

2

2

0

2

0

60

9

51

.850

4.57

.864

0.000

Cam Ward

2

2

1

1

0

48

6

42

.875

2.94

.881

.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

J. Staal

4

68.3

65.6

66.0

66.7

33

27

E. Staal

4

68.8

67.3

65.0

64.5

44

24

Biega

3

57.6

55.4

63.5

64.1

21

10

Bellemore

2

64.3

68.6

61.1

65.6

4

13

Semin

4

66.1

63.8

60.9

57.7

25

17

Rask

4

64.7

61.5

59.0

56.9

33

17

Terry

4

63.0

63.3

57.6

60.7

30

14

Liles

4

55.4

57.1

57.3

57.1

12

23

Skinner

4

62.1

60.6

56.3

53.4

19

13

Hainsey

4

54.2

53.4

56.2

55.7

37

33

Jordan

4

54.9

54.1

56.2

56.6

29

11

Lindholm

4

61.8

58.2

56.0

54.1

34

19

Gerbe

4

55.7

58.2

54.7

56.6

20

20

Faulk

4

57.9

55.7

53.1

51.9

50

33

Nestrasil

4

55.6

55.7

51.8

53.1

19

15

Murphy

3

53.0

53.8

50.9

50.0

16

13

Dwyer

4

41.2

41.5

47.1

50.0

11

12

McClement

4

37.9

38.7

41.7

44.1

11

15

Malone

4

41.1

48.6

37.0

36.8

11

7


Weekly Studs

Chris Terry – Terry continued his inspired play, adding 2 goals and an assist.  He now has 6 points in his last 7 games (3 goals, 3 assists).  This week, Terry led the team in goals, tied for a team-high 3 points and had some impressive possession numbers.  All but his 5-on-5 Corsi numbers were above 60% and the eye test showed the guy played with a lot of heart.  I’m not sure what the future plans are for Chris Terry, but he has really picked up his game and should be able to make a NHL roster next season.

Justin Faulk – Faulk didn’t have as dynamic week as he has the past couple of months, but it was still quite good.  His 2 assists tied for the team lead and he was 1 of only 6 players that didn’t finish the week a minus, which is even better considering the important situations he plays.  His possession numbers were all above 51%, but they were average or below average for the team this week.  The most impressive stats for Faulk were his team-leading 18 shots on goal and 10 blocks (double the next highest on the team).  While the season hasn’t gone as anybody would have wanted, Faulk has been the better than expected. 

John-Michael Liles – Liles again turned in some solid performances for an underwhelming Carolina blueline.  He assisted on 2 goals, tied for 2nd on the team in blocked shots and had possession numbers all north of 55%.  Left for dead earlier in the season, Liles has put together a decent season and has shown his NHL career isn’t quite over.  The Canes are pretty much locked into Liles for another season, but given his recent play, that might not be a bad thing.  He has shown he can work with some of the young guys and his skating ability is better than most on this team.  He’s realistically not a top 4 defenseman anymore, but if slotted properly, he could still help the team in a number of situations.

Weekly Duds

Andrej Nestrasil – Nesty has had a tough go of it lately.  He’s had 1 point in his last 12 games, 0 this week and is a -7 in that time, -6 this week alone.  This ice time has been cut and his game is just not looking the same as it was in late February/early March.  His possession numbers are still ok, but he’s not generating shots, points or much of anything.  He, Skinner & Rask were the only Canes not to have a blocked shot this week.  Nesty is a rookie and will have his ups & downs, but it would be nice to see him finish on more of a high note.

Jeff Skinner – Speaking of slumping players, this is a season Skinner would probably like to forget.  Skinner has had multiple slumps this season, hasn’t registered a point in his last 6 games and only has 2 points in his past 16 games.  He’s still shooting the puck a lot, but that’s about it.  His possession numbers were in the upper half of the team, but you can see Skinner just doesn’t have any confidence in his game right now.  For as much as Eric, Alex and Jordan are complained about and rightfully so, Skinner has been just as bad if not worse.

Ryan Murphy/Michal Jordan/Danny Biega – The young defensemen have been given an opportunity to show what they can do and earn a spot on next year’s team.  There have been games were each has looked good and there have been games where each hasn’t.  This week, these 3 combined for zero points and a -8 rating.  Biega was -4 by himself, but did account for 7 hits.  Murphy did have a shot on goal or hit in 3 games, but was only -1.  Jordan probably had the best all-around week, but still ended up a -3.  All 3 had decent to good possession numbers, but how much of that was dictated by them.  Just 2 games left, time for these guys to make an impression on the coaching staff!

Weekly Team Stats

Goals Per Game

Goals Against Per Game

Ranking

Team

G/PG

Ranking

Team

GA/PG

1.

Dallas

4.67

1.

Tampa Bay

1.00

2.

NY Rangers

4.25

2.

Winnipeg

1.33

3.

Philadelphia

3.75

3.

Boston

1.50

4.

Columbus

3.67

T4.

Calgary

2.00

T5.

Anaheim

3.50

T4.

Chicago

2.00

T5.

Los Angeles

3.50

T4.

Los Angeles

2.00

T7.

Montreal

3.33

T4.

Minnesota

2.00

T7.

NY Islanders

3.33

T4.

NY Rangers

2.00

9.

St. Louis

3.25

T4.

Philadelphia

2.00

T22.

Carolina

2.00

27.

Carolina

3.75

Shots Per Game

Shots Against Per Game

Ranking

Team

S/PG

Ranking

Team

SA/PG

1.

Nashville

39.0

1.

Montreal

20.7

2.

Ottawa

37.8

2.

Anaheim

23.0

3.

Boston

37.5

3.

Nashville

23.5

4.

Chicago

36.5

4.

Los Angeles

25.0

5.

Carolina

35.5

5.

San Jose

25.5

6.

Columbus

35.3

6.

Carolina

26.8

7.

NY Rangers

35.0

7.

Dallas

27.0

T8.

NY Islanders

34.7

T8.

Detroit

27.3

T8.

Vancouver

34.7

T8.

Florida

27.3

T10.

Pittsburgh

34.0

10.

Minnesota

28.8

PowerPlay Percentage

Penalty Kill Percentage

Ranking

Team

PP %

Ranking

Team

PK %

T1.

Los Angeles

50.0

T1.

Columbus

100

T1.

Washington

50.0

T1.

St. Louis

100

3.

Philadelphia

42.9

T1.

Tampa Bay

100

T4.

Arizona

40.0

T1.

Vancouver

100

T4.

Tampa Bay

40.0

T5.

NY Rangers

90.9

6.

Detroit

30.8

T5.

Ottawa

90.9

7.

Dallas

27.3

7.

Dallas

90.0

T8.

Calgary

25.0

T8.

Buffalo

88.9

T8.

Ottawa

25.0

T8.

NY Islanders

88.9

T16.

Carolina

16.7

29.

Carolina

50.0

Hits

Blocked Shots

Ranking

Team

Hits

Ranking

Team

BkS

1.

Philadelphia

145

T1.

Colorado

76

2.

St. Louis

137

T1.

Philadelphia

76

3.

Los Angeles

116

3.

San Jose

74

4.

Ottawa

109

T4.

St. Louis

67

5.

Pittsburgh

106

T4.

Washington

67

6.

Colorado

100

6.

Arizona

66

T7.

Edmonton

90

7.

Buffalo

64

T7.

San Jose

90

8.

Calgary

59

9.

Arizona

86

T9.

Edmonton

58

20.

Carolina

67

21.

Carolina

38

Giveaways

Takeaways

Ranking

Team

GvA

Ranking

Team

TkA

1.

Nashville

8

1.

NY Rangers

41

2.

Tampa Bay

12

2.

Ottawa

40

3.

Boston

14

3.

San Jose

36

4.

NY Islanders

15

T4.

Minnesota

29

T5.

Florida

16

T4.

Toronto

29

T5.

Montreal

16

T6.

Calgary

28

7.

Minnesota

17

T6.

Chicago

28

8.

Columbus

18

8.

Dallas

24

9.

Buffalo

19

9.

Edmonton

23

T19.

Carolina

27

17.

Carolina

18

Team Faceoff Percentage

Team Save Percentage

Ranking

Team

FO %

Ranking

Team

Sv %

1.

Carolina

58.5

1.

New Jersey

0.979

2.

Chicago

57.3

2.

Tampa Bay

0.971

3.

San Jose

56.0

3.

Winnipeg

0.957

4.

Minnesota

55.2

4.

Boston

0.954

5.

Tampa Bay

54.5

5.

Toronto

0.944

6.

Edmonton

53.1

T6.

Philadelphia

0.942

7.

Winnipeg

52.5

T6.

Chicago

0.942

8.

Colorado

51.4

8.

Calgary

0.936

T9.

Florida

51.2

9.

St. Louis

0.933

T9.

St. Louis

51.2

T26.

Carolina

0.869


Former Canes Weekly Stats

Player

Team

GP

TOI/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

Tka

ASCF%

Eaves

DAL

3

14:29

1

1

2

-2

0

4

4

2

0

0

63.1

Williams

LAK

4

16:31

0

2

2

3

2

6

1

1

5

0

63.4

Sutter

PIT

4

15:32

2

0

2

1

2

8

6

2

0

2

55.9

Dalpe

BUF

4

10:34

1

0

1

-4

0

9

2

1

1

0

39.5

Jokinen

FLA

3

15:36

0

1

1

1

2

8

1

0

0

0

61.2

Ruutu

NJD

3

8:47

0

1

1

1

0

1

2

0

0

0

64.4

Cullen

NSH

2

12:32

0

1

1

-1

0

2

0

0

0

2

57.8

Vrbata

VAN

3

16:41

0

1

1

2

0

11

4

1

0

1

66.0

Ladd

WPG

3

20:29

0

1

1

-2

0

9

9

4

3

0

42.7

Tlusty

WPG

3

6:59

0

1

1

1

0

5

1

0

1

0

50.0

Gleason

WSH

3

14:39

0

1

1

1

0

4

6

5

1

0

47.6

Seidenberg

BOS

2

23:37

0

0

0

E

0

3

9

2

1

0

38.8

Carter

MIN

3

8:55

0

0

0

E

2

2

4

2

0

1

24.4

Malhotra

MTL

1

9:49

0

0

0

E

0

2

1

2

0

1

27.3

Adams

PIT

4

7:09

0

0

0

-1

0

4

6

1

0

0

43.8

Harrison

WPG

3

12:01

0

0

0

4

0

4

5

2

0

0

53.4