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Canes loved 2010

Thursday, 09.23.2010 / 3:00 AM / 2010-2011 Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Canes loved 2010
Carolina was 25-14-3 after Jan. 1. The Hurricanes made a late run at a playoff berth, but their slow start was just too much to overcome.
Carolina was 25-14-3 after Jan. 1. The Hurricanes made a late run at a playoff berth, but their slow start was just too much to overcome.

Advantage Margin: 12
Carolina had 166 power plays both at home and on the road. But while opponents received only 142 at the RBC Center, the 'Canes surrendered 178 on the road, the most by any team in the Eastern Conference.

Special Teams Goal Margin: -7
Carolina's power play was just 20th at 16.9 percent, and the 'Canes hurt themselves by allowing eight shorthanded goals -- all of which were scored on the road.        

Goals by defensemen: 26
Joni Pitkanen, who led the NHL in average ice time (27:22) led the 'Canes in goals by a defenseman with only 6, though he did have 40 assists.    

Overtime Record
Total: 9-5-5
OT: 5-5 SO: 4-5
Carolina won four of its six shootouts at home, but went 0-3 away from the RBC Center and scored just once in 10 tries.
     
Times Scored First: 41 Record: 25-14-2   
The Hurricanes scored first in exactly half of their games, but their .610 winning percentage was in the bottom quarter of the League. They were just 11-8-2 on the road when scoring first.

Best 09-10 Number: 25-14-3
Carolina's record after Jan. 1. The Hurricanes made a late run at a playoff berth, but their slow start was just too much to overcome.

Worst 09-10 Number: 14
Games without a victory following a 2-2-0 start. The Hurricanes lost a franchise-record 14 in a row (10 in regulation and four in overtime or a shootout) -- a streak that basically ended their playoff hopes before Thanksgiving.
    
Scheduling
Fans in Raleigh will have to wait a while to see the 'Canes, who begin with two games against Minnesota in Helsinki and come back to North America just in time for their annual October road trip -- a five-gamer that includes four on the West Coast before the home opener on Oct. 27. They do end with eight of their last 12 at home.
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