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Tweetmail No. 40: Mustaches, Four Goals & Stats

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
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LOS ANGELES – 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.

How are the Movember mustaches coming along? – Kim M. (@CarolinaKaniac)

We’re 19 days deep in mustache-sprouting season, and some upper lip sweaters are coming in better than others.

Currently, Brett Bellemore might have the strongest one of those participating in the locker room. Justin Faulk’s isn’t too bad either, and Riley Nash’s is a hidden gem.

Jiri Tlusty, who dyed his mustache jet-black at the end of the month last season, has already dipped into the coloring this year. The result? You can spot his muzzy from a good distance. Here is his mustache in all its glory in the locker room following the morning skate in Dallas.

My ‘stache is finally starting to make an impact. If you missed it last week, I stroked my mustache like a strange, evil villain while on Storm Surge with Amber Jaye. I’m not sure if she’ll have me back as a guest after that incident, which occurs around the 14:50 mark here.

You can still join or donate to the Hurricanes team to help support the fight against prostate and testicular cancers.

When was the last time the Canes scored four goals in a period? – Richie B. (@sofiesdad08)

A four-goal second period propelled the Hurricanes to a 6-4 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night, the franchise’s first win in Dallas since Feb. 11, 1996.

The last time the Canes scored four goals in a period was not too long ago – Jan. 25, 2014 against the Ottawa Senators, also in the second period. Carolina had a 1-0 lead over the Senators after 20 minutes, and then a completely bananas second period happened. In the middle frame, the two teams combined for seven of the nine goals scored in the game, and the Canes had four of them from Eric Staal, Manny Malhotra, Riley Nash and Tuomo Ruutu.

Has anybody considered including Corsi/Fenwick on the website or Twitter during games? – Doug A. (@dabrams2021)

From time to time, #fancystats are referenced, though we rarely discuss them by their given names; instead, we typically refer to them simply as shot attempts. Reason being, I just find it easier in order to save an explanation, if nothing else.

As far as Fenwick Close, Corsi For and the sundry of percentages that can be calculated, we haven’t discussed those in official capacities much at all. If and when their utility is realized in what we’re aiming to do, we’d certainly explore usage.

If you’ve attended a game at PNC Arena this year, you may have noticed shot attempts displayed on the video board in the familiar line graph format, among other graphical depictions of statistics. We’re so fancy (stats).

What part of traveling with the team do you anticipate enjoying the most/least? – Ron G. (@ChuckTownCaniac)

This question was (obviously) posed before the season, but I think it’s fitting to revisit it now with a few road trips under my belt and an extended one currently in progress.

I enjoy traveling quite a bit. One reason is that I’m getting the opportunity to visit – albeit briefly in most cases – cities in which I’ve never sat foot, for business or otherwise, and I’ve seen some really good ones thus far, including Vancouver, Columbus and Dallas. Another aspect of traveling I enjoy is being able to cover the team on a daily basis, and then relaying that information to inquisitive fans back in Raleigh. My hope is that you all have enjoyed the coverage that has been able to provide this season.

There’s nothing bad about traveling with the team, but it certainly does keep me busy. From flights to buses to practices to games, it’s a constant world of motion.

In addition to providing the day-to-day and game-to-game coverage of the team you’ve come to expect, I’ve also began penning (typing) Road Trip Journals, which recap my personal experiences in unfamiliar cities. You can check out the most recent, Vancouver-centric entry here, and be on the lookout in the very near future for another one that looks back on the team’s trips to Columbus, Washington, D.C. and Boston from the first half of this month.


Join me next week for more questions and more answers!

If you have a question you’d like answered or you want to chastise me for just now watching EDGE OF TOMORROW, you can find me on Twitter at @MSmithCanes.

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