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Carolina showed skill in drawing advantages

Wednesday, 09.21.2011 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 15

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Carolina showed skill in drawing advantages
A view of the 2010-11 Carolina Hurricanes by the numbers.
Advantage Margin: +74
The Hurricanes didn't lack for power-play chances -- they drew a League-high 346 opportunities. They had the most advantages at home (181), and second-most on the road (165).

Special Teams Goal Margin: +5
Despite averaging nearly an extra opportunity per game, the Hurricanes' scored only four more power-play goals than the opposition (55-51) and were outscored 30-23 on the road despite having 28 more chances.

Goals by defensemen: 29
The Hurricanes dealt their top defensive scorer, Joe Corvo, to Boston; they're hoping the addition of free agent Tomas Kaberle (from Boston) will help replace the 11 goals and 40 points Corvo took with him. One reason they were willing to let Corvo go: His minus-14 rating was the worst among Carolina's defensemen.

CAROLINA HURRICANES
2010-11 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2010-11 Points 91 (9th East/19th NHL)
Change from 2009-10 +11
Home Points 49 (7th East/15th NHL)
Road Points 42 (9th East/20th NHL)
Overtime Record
Total: 11-6-5 OT: 6-6 SO: 5-5

Cam Ward, for whom the shootout has been a nightmare throughout his career, won five of his nine tiebreakers after entering the season with a 5-14 lifetime record.

Times Scored First: 37
Record: 28-5-4

Carolina was fourth in the NHL in turning first goals into victories (.757 winning percentage). The Hurricanes' problem was getting that first goal -- only five teams had fewer.

Best 2010-11 Number: 10-3-2
The Hurricanes' record on Friday nights. Carolina was the only team to reach double figures in wins on Fridays.

Worst 2010-11 Number: 44.6
Carolina's winning percentage on faceoffs, the worst in the East and barely ahead of Edmonton's League-low figure of 44.2 percent. Carolina was at least three percentage points lower than every other team in the East.
    
Scheduling
Paul Maurice better have his players ready to go -- after opening at home against Tampa Bay, the Hurricanes play six of their next seven on the road. Their longest stretch at the RBC Center is a six-game homestand in February and early March, after which they play 10 of 12 on the road.
Quote of the Day

What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.

— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp