Hello and welcome to a weekly feature on CarolinaHurricanes.com 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.
When is the last time the Canes scored on a five-on-three? – Vickie (@kcracken)
This question stemmed from Jeff Skinner’s five-on-three goal scored against Edmonton on Sunday afternoon, one of three power-play goals the team netted in that game.
That was also the second five-on-three goal the Canes have scored this season, which is about par for the course in the NHL. Colorado and Pittsburgh each lead the league with five goals scored two-man advantage, and four teams – Vancouver, Montreal, Boston and New Jersey – have yet to net a five-on-three goal this season.
The Canes’ first five-on-three goal came in the calendar year 2015 on Jan. 8 against the Buffalo Sabres in a 5-2 victory. With just a couple of seconds remaining on the two-man advantage, Jiri Tlusty buried a shot from the slot on a feed from Nathan Gerbe.
Last season, the Canes ranked tied for second in the league in five-on-three goals with six. In 2012-13, the team scored one.
When was the last time the Canes scored six consecutive goals in a game? – Section 328 (@Section_328)
Another question stemming from the Canes’ 7-4 win over Edmonton on Sunday, in which the Canes scored six straight goals to erase a 3-0 deficit and claim a 6-3 lead.
The last time the Hurricanes scored six straight goals in a game was on April 8, 2011, in a 6-1 win at Atlanta. In that game, Jeff Skinner, Erik Cole, Joni Pitkanen, Brandon Sutter, Jussi Jokinen and Tuomo Ruutu scored consecutive goals in the first, second and third periods before Bryan Little snuffed Cam Ward’s shutout bid with just 32 seconds left to play in the game.
Perhaps more impressively, the Canes’ six consecutive goals were scored on Sunday in a span of just 17:27, less than a period’s worth of time.
Somewhat related to the original question: the last time the Hurricanes scored seven goals in a game was against the Ottawa Senators in the same season (2010-11) as the feat noted above, a 7-1 win on Nov. 17. Also in that season, just three games prior? A 7-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers in which the Canes scored six consecutive goals.
Which is Andrej Nestrasil’s best position in your view? – Doug A. (@dabrams2021)
This is a question the coaching staff is aiming to explore in the final stretch of the season, but certainly one of Andrej Nestrasil’s beneficial qualities is that he can play center or either wing, even as a natural left shot.
In his 24 games played with the Canes since the team acquired him on waivers, Nestrasil has slotted in all three positions, but he’s been primarily used as a winger. Most recently, he’s played the right side on a line with Jordan Staal and Nathan Gerbe.
In those 24 games, Nestrasil has posted 14 points (5g, 9a), and he recently had a stretch of six points (1g, 5a) in five games. The 24-year-old forward has also been a plus player since joining the Canes; he has a plus-7 rating and has been even or better in 20 of 24 games played.
Here’s head coach Bill Peters’ take on where he envisions Nestrasil: “He’s a better right-winger than he is a left-winger. We know that. He can also play in the middle, but we’ve got other guys who can do that, too. Bugsy can play center. Elias Lindholm is going to be a center at some point in his career. I like the four centers we have right now, and then we’ve got Eric Staal. We’ve got a lot of centers and some playing on the wing, so for the foreseeable future, he’ll stay as a winger.”
What is your favorite Raffi song? – Colleen H. (@C0lleenHamilton)
Join me next week for more questions and more answers!
If you have a question you’d like answered or you’d like to dissect the latest trailer for TOMORROWLAND, you can find me on Twitter at @MSmithCanes (or drop an email here).