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Ranking the Hurricanes Home Stand: What We Learned

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It’s been a good couple of weeks for the home crowd.

Jamie Kellner

On a semi-regular basis, we'll take a look at post-game fan votes from the Canes Country Rank 'em polls to see what they reveal about our Carolina Hurricanes and fan sentiment.

We broke out the first set of rankings after a lackluster 1-3-2 season-opening road trip. Through these last 11 games, the bulk of which were played at home (with three quick turnaround road trips and one back-to-back situation), they amassed a record of 6-3-2, picked up 14 points, won a shootout, logged a shutout, and head back out on the road today on a four-game winning streak. That’s.... pretty good.

And the team’s improved performance showed up in fan rankings. 74% of all votes logged during "the home stand" (which includes all 11 games played starting with the home opener) were upvotes. 76% of the votes for forwards were favorable, 72% of votes for defensemen were favorable, and votes for goaltending jumped the most, improving 24 percentage points (from 50% to 74%).

A few random musings.

There must be something to wearing that ‘A’. Victor Rask, who wears a letter on the road, came out of the first six road games with the best overall stats, but another leader emerged during the home stand.

Jamie Kellner

Jeff Skinner wore an ‘A’ for the first time in his NHL career in the home opener against the Rangers, and showed it off by coming within a jersey clip of a hat trick. Most recently he showed off his slick skills with a highlight reel deflection off his skate for the equalizer against the Canadiens on Friday. Fans rewarded Skinner by giving him the most upvotes (882), the best vote differential (824), and the best vote differential per game (+75) during the 11-game period.

From goat to hero with the most improved performance. It took 14 games, but as of the win against the Capitals on Nov. 12, Cam Ward broke even on fan vote differential. After the road start and accompanying dismal save percentage, Wardo spent the last three weeks playing like it was the 2009 playoffs again, and he was rewarded with second star honors from the NHL last week. But more importantly, he helped get the team back on a winning track, and for that he vaulted from the worst vote differential per game (-73) to the fifth best (+52) during the home stand.

At the 17-game mark, we have a new leader. The line of Rask, Skinner, and Lee Stempniak was hot fire when the season began, then became a victim of their success when Bill Peters broke up the line in an attempt to balance out scoring. Stempniak has seen his production trail off a bit, bumping him out of the top five in cumulative rankings. In his place you’ll find Jordan Staal, who recently achieved all-around beast mode in just about every on-ice situation, vaulting him into the top five. Rask dropped a bit as well, though he remains in the top five in a solid third spot, and Brett Pesce lays a solid claim to fourth.

That said, let’s hear it for Jaccob Slavin, who edges out Skinner to move into the top overall spot in fan voting. Slavin has been the team’s rock on defense. He plays the hardest minutes, goes head-to-head against the toughest competition, plays in all situations, and does it in a virtually mistake-free manner befitting a veteran much less a 22-year-old in his second professional season.

Following is the current voting summary. Not a lot of surprises so far, but if you have any questions or want to dig into any of the other details, let me know.

Canes Country Rank 'em Results - Cumulative through Nov. 20, 2016


Games
Played
Total
Upvotes
Total
Downvotes
Vote
Differential
Total Votes/
GP
Vote Diff/
GP
Slavin, Jaccob 17 1388 92 1296 87.06 76.24
Skinner, Jeff 16 1306 157 1149 91.44 71.81
Rask, Victor 17 1289 148 1141 84.53 67.12
Pesce, Brett 17 1201 114 1087 77.35 63.94
Staal, Jordan 17 1119 256 863 80.88 50.76
Stempniak, Lee 17 1008 200 808 71.06 47.53
Tennyson, Matt 4 206 23 183 57.25 45.75
Aho, Sebastian 17 1075 301 774 80.94 45.53
McGinn, Brock 4 197 34 163 57.75 40.75
Di Giuseppe, Phil 11 537 137 400 61.27 36.36
Bickell, Bryan 7 405 161 244 80.86 34.86
Lack, Eddie 5 333 162 171 99.00 34.20
Stalberg, Viktor 16 773 230 543 62.69 33.94
Ryan, Derek 4 173 42 131 53.75 32.75
Teravainen, Teuvo 17 850 395 455 73.24 26.76
Ward, Cam 13 751 453 298 92.62 22.92
Hanifin, Noah 17 716 451 265 68.65 15.59
Lindholm, Elias 17 680 500 180 69.41 10.59
Faulk, Justin 14 588 442 146 73.57 10.43
Nestrasil, Andrej 8 224 179 45 50.38 5.63
Nordstrom, Joakim 17 515 492 23 59.24 1.35
McClement, Jay 17 452 453 -1 53.24 -0.06
Hainsey, Ron 17 483 626 -143 65.24 -8.41
Dahlbeck, Klas 9 262 386 -124 72.00 -13.78
Nakladal, Jakub 3 33 89 -56 40.67 -18.67
Frk, Martin 2 26 71 -45 48.50 -22.50
Murphy, Ryan 4 54 145 -91 49.75 -22.75

The Good


First Second Third Fourth Fifth
Most Upvotes Slavin (1388) Skinner (1306) Rask (1289) Pesce (1201) Staal (1119)
Fewest Downvotes Tennyson (23) McGinn (34) Ryan (42) Slavin (92) Pesce (114)
Best Vote Differential Slavin (+1296) Skinner (+1149) Rask (+1141) Pesce (+1087) Staal (+863)
Most Votes/GP Lack (99) Ward (93) Skinner (91) Slavin (87) Rask (85)
Best Vote Diff/GP Slavin (+76) Skinner (+72) Rask (+67) Pesce (+64) Staal (+51)

The Not-as-Good


First Second Third Fourth Fifth
Most Downvotes Hainsey (-626) Lindholm (-500) Nordstrom (-492) Ward (-453) McClement (-453)
Fewest Upvotes Murphy (54) Ryan (173) McGinn (197) Tennyson (206) Nestrasil (224)
Worst Vote Differential Hainsey (-143) Dahlbeck (-124) Murphy (-91) McClement (-1) Nordstrom (+23)
Fewest Votes/GP Murphy (50) Nestrasil (50) McClement (53) Ryan (54) Tennyson (57)
Worst Vote Diff/GP Murphy (-23) Dahlbeck (-14) Hainsey (-8) McClement (0) Nordstrom (+1)