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Special teams were key for Canes in '07-08

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Advantage Margin 65

The Hurricanes were runaway leaders in power-play chances with 420, 29 more than runner-up Detroit. The margin was accomplished entirely at home — the Hurricanes and their opponents each had 184 advantages away from the RBC Center, but Carolina enjoyed 236 advantages at home while allowing just 171.

Even-Strength Goals Margin +9

The Hurricanes outscored their opponents by 18 goals at home at even strength; they were outscored by just nine goals on the road despite one of the NHL’s worst road records.
   
Special Teams Goal Margin -5

Despite the huge advantage in power plays, the Hurricanes’ special teams didn’t do the job, allowing 75 goals to opposing power plays and surrendering an appalling 13 shorthanded goals while scoring only 4 — somewhat negating their 79 man-advantage goals.

Goals by defensemen 20

Carolina’s biggest offensive force on the blue line was Joe Corvo, who was 7-14-21 in 23 games with the ‘Canes after being acquired from Ottawa. They hope the arrival of Joni Pitkanen from Edmonton will add another boost.

CAROLINA HURRICANES
2007-08 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2007-08 Points 92
(9th east/16th NHL)
Change from 2006-07 +4
Home Points 52
(4th east/8th NHL)
Away Points 40
(10th east/22ND NHL)

Overtime Record             Total: 7-3-3  |  OT: 5-3  |  SO: 2-3

Not only did the Hurricanes fail to win a shootout at home (0-2), they were scoreless in five attempts. On the road, they won two of three and scored on seven of nine tries.
   
Times Scored First 35,  Record 26-6-3   

One reason the Hurricanes struggled on the road was the fact that the opposition kept scoring first. Carolina scored first only 14 times away from home, tying Columbus and Edmonton for the League low.

Best 07-08 Number 57

Carolina’s goal output in the third period at home, the best in the NHL. No other team had more than 49. The Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres tied for the League lead in goals scored at home with 140.

Worst 07-08 Number 16-19

Carolina’s record in games decided by three or more goals. No team that finished over .500 lost as many blowouts; only Atlanta (20) and Los Angeles (21), which finished 28th and 29th in the overall standings, had more.

   
Scheduling

As usual, the Hurricanes get an early test: They play their last six games in October on the road, starting with back-to-back games in Southern California. They get it back at the end, when eight of their last 11 games are slated for the RBC Center — and oddly enough, the last seven games on the schedule are outside the division.

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Boston
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Montreal
Ottawa
Toronto

SOUTHEAST

Atlanta
Carolina
Florida
Tampa Bay
Washington

Central

Chicago
Columbus
Detroit
Nashville
St. Louis

Northwest

Calgary
Colorado
Edmonton
Minnesota
Vancouver

Pacific

Anaheim
Dallas
Los Angeles
Phoenix
San Jose

 

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