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Examining the Carolina Hurricanes numbers

Tuesday, 09.11.2007 / 1:24 PM / Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist


 

NHL.com's 2007-08 Hurricanes Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster


Advantage Margin:
+52
The Hurricanes had 237 power-play chances at home, second in the League behind Pittsburgh and 45 more than they allowed. The problem: The ‘Canes were next-to-last in the NHL in power-play percentage at home (13.9 percent).

Even-Strength Goals Margin: -17
One reason for the Hurricanes’ drop from Stanley Cup champs to playoff outsiders was their decline from plus-10 to minus-17 at even strength. They missed the departed (now reacquired) Matt Cullen, who had 17 even-strength tallies in ’05-06. 

Special Teams Goal Margin: +10
Despite one of the biggest advantage margins in the League, the Hurricanes didn’t parley those extra chances into enough goals. Eric Staal and Rod Brind’Amour, who combined for 38 power-play goals in 2005-06, dropped off to 21.

Category Rank
(Conference / NHL)
2006-07 Points 88
(11th East / 20th NHL)
Change From 2005-06 -24
Home Points 46
(11th East / 20th NHL)
Road Points 42
(9th East / 16th NHL)

Goals by defensemen: 25
When Mike Commodore (7) is your biggest goal scorer, your defensive corps isn’t much of an offensive threat. Commodore did not have a power-play goal, but did score two shorthanded goals, including one when the ‘Canes were skating 3-on-5.

Goals by forwards: 216
When is a 30-goal season not a good season? When you had 45 goals in the previous season. That was the case with Eric Staal; he finished with two fewer goals than Ray Whitney, who had a career year with 32 goals, 15 more than the previous season.

Overtime Record: 6-3-5 (OT: 6-3, SO: 0-5)
The Hurricanes became the first team in the two-season history of the shootout to go through an entire season without winning one. In 2005-06, Carolina was 8-2 in shootouts.

Times Scored First/Record: 33 (Record: 24-7-2)
Only three teams scored fewer first goals than the Hurricanes, who were 16-27-6 when they didn’t get the first goal.

Best 06-07 Number: 84.6
Carolina’s penalty-killing percentage was second in the East behind New Jersey and sixth overall. The Hurricanes’ penalty-killers allowed just 61 goals and scored 12 while the ‘Canes were shorthanded.

Worst 06-07 Number: 1
Shootout goals scored by the Hurricanes in 17 chances (.059). Rod Brind’Amour (1-for-2) was the only Hurricane to score in a shootout. Opposition shooters went 9-for-17 (.529).

Scheduling:
The Hurricanes will be tested early: After opening with Montreal and Pittsburgh at home, they head out on a six-game trip, They have a six-game homestand in late February as part of a stretch in which they play 10 of 12 games at the RBC Center.

NHL.com's 2007-08 Hurricanes Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster

 

 

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