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Tweetmail No. 101: Overtime, Appreciation & Shootouts

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
Hello and welcome to a weekly feature on in which I take your Twitter questions about the Carolina Hurricanes or other assorted topics and answer them in mailbag form. Hopefully, the final product is insightful to some degree, and maybe we have some fun along the way.

Let’s get to it.

This wasn’t necessarily a Tweetmail missive but an interesting query nonetheless that came across my feed last night after the Hurricanes’ 2-1 shootout loss to the New York Islanders, their league-high 16th loss in extra time this season.

First, let’s discuss that number 16, something we can look at in a few ways. On one hand, it’s sixteen points that the Canes would not have otherwise accumulated in regulation losses. On the other, if the team wins a handful of those games, that’s a handful of additional points and perhaps a wild card spot. Ifs and buts and all that.

Philadelphia, Nashville and Vancouver have the next-most losses in overtime or shootouts with 13 each. Two of those teams currently occupy wild card spots in their respective conferences.

Circling back toward your question: 25 of the Hurricanes’ 77 games have progressed past regulation – including eight of the last 12 – and the team has posted a 9-16 record in those games.

Of those 25 games, three were scoreless after 60 minutes. In 10 of those 25 matches, the Hurricanes scored the game-tying goal at some point – Jeff Skinner has had a pair in the waning seconds – to force overtime; the team has a 3-7 record in those games, and three have taken a shootout to decide (1-2).

In four games of the 25 games, the Hurricanes surrendered a one-goal lead, once as late as the 19:44 mark of the third period in Arizona on Dec. 12, only to grab the win anyway in overtime.

Another interesting stat: 18 of the 25 games featured a game-tying goal in the third period.

What do all of the above numbers mean? I think it underscores where this young team is at in its progression toward becoming what Ron Francis and Bill Peters envision. Throughout the season, you’ve heard various quotes from the locker room about learning how to win, whether that’s learning to play with a slim lead when the team has it or learning how to fight through and overcome adversity in a stretch of 60 minutes or slightly more in order to grab two points.

Great and timely question!

Fan Appreciation Week begins Thursday when the Hurricanes host Eric Staal and the New York Rangers and runs through the following Thursday, which is the team’s 2015-16 home finale against the Montreal Canadiens. Also included in the week is Saturday’s match-up with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

So, what can you expect? Giveaways, contests, theme nights and events on PNC Arena’s South Plaza highlight the week. Here’s a game-by-game rundown.

Thursday’s game against the New York Rangers is Kids ‘N Community Foundation Night, as the North Carolina-based non-profits that have received grants from the Foundation this year will be recognized and honored. It’s also Social Media Night, which will include an interactive pregame event as well as social-themed in-game content throughout the night. The 50/50 Raffle jackpot will continue to climb, and the third in a set of four Hurricanes-themed Stack Cups will be available while supplies last. Oh, and Eric Staal will be back in the building for the first time as a visitor, and you’ll want to be in your seats for the first television timeout.

The Columbus Blue Jackets come to town on a jam-packed Saturday slate. There’s a 2015-16 team poster giveaway for all fans. There’s live music from Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan during the intermissions. There are more Stack Cups, a South Plaza Party, mystery mini helmets on sale at the Foundation’s kiosk and more 50/50 Raffle action. It’s also Stormy’s birthday and jersey off a player’s back night.

Finally, the Hurricanes close out their home schedule by hosting the Canadiens on Thursday, April 7. The 50/50 Raffle jackpot will be taken home by one lucky fan, there’s a South Plaza Party and three fans will take their shot for a chance to win $10.000.

Plenty more information on all of the Fan Appreciation Week happenings can be found on our promotions schedule here.

Well, for one, you’re a bridge, and I’m not sure bridges can create and/or process rational thought.

But here’s why it is fine the way it is: shootouts are a manufactured process to produce a winner. You may counter with the fact that penalty shot goals count toward a player’s stats, and this is true. But they are the direct result of an occurrence within the game, a penalty assessed to a player who committed an illegal act in thwarting a scoring opportunity. Shootouts, while identical in set up, just aren’t the same in concept; they exist to eliminate ties, a skills competition in essence, and shouldn’t be reflected amongst an individual player’s body of work in a team game.

I’m sure there are other reasons for and against, but that’s the best I can do to articulate my stance. Leave the shootout statistics separate. And leave the shootout alone. 3-on-3 overtime is amazingly entertaining and is way more preferable to the skills competition, but the shootout is a safety net for the finality we all seek.


Join me next week for more questions and more answers!

If you have a question you’d like answered or you want to tell me why I’m wrong about shootout statistics or the shootout in general, you can find me on Twitter at @MSmithCanes or drop an email here.

Michael Smith
MICHAEL SMITH is the Web Producer for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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