Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins 10/12/11 Scoring Chances

In Carolina’s first three games of the year, it’s been mainly the big guns (Staal, Skinner, Jokinen) who have been getting on the score-sheet. However, there’s been a few bottom-sixers who have been creating chances but not converting. One of whom is Jiri Tlusty, who is quietly having a pretty solid start to the year. Personally, I didn’t see him getting past the fourth line this season but Paul Maurice elected to put him on the second line with Jussi Jokinen and Chad LaRose to start the year. The lines have already been jumbled countless times but Tlusty has still seen himself bounce between the second and third lines. He’s been on-ice for 14 of Carolina’s even strength chances and that’s partially due to him feeding off linemates but that wasn’t the case this game. He was on-ice for three chances and created them all by himself, one of which was a goal. Good to see the points come to him.

As for the rest of this game, it could have been better from the first line’s perspective but the Canes managed to barely outchance the Bruins in this game and come away with the victory, too. Amazing what killing penalties can do.

More after the jump.

Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes 10/12/11 Scoring Chances

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 7 5 6 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
2 3 5 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
3 6 5 3 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 16 15 10 10 6 0 0 0 0 5 0 0

Carolina’s chances are in red, Boston’s are in gold

Both teams were tied in chances at even strength with the Bruins having the advantage for the last two periods, although that could be due to them playing from behind. Carolina did an excellent job of getting pressure on Boston early and getting the advantage in chances. Unfortunately, it didn’t lead to any goals but they capitalized on a powerplay opportunity early in the second to take the lead. From then on, the Bruins controlled most of the game at even strength but the Canes were able to kill penalties well (no PP chances for the B’s in the 3rd) and hold onto the lead. Some help from the bottom-six players helped, as well.

Individual Scoring Chances

# Player EV PP SH
4 Jamie McBain 16:50 3 6 1:32 2 0 0:43 0 0
5 Bryan Allen 18:23 3 3 0:04 0 0 4:39 0 2
6 Tim Gleason 17:26 3 4 0:03 0 0 6:15 0 3
12 Eric Staal 13:09 1 4 4:19 4 0 1:54 0 1
13 Anthony Stewart 6:52 2 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
15 Tuomo Ruutu 10:02 4 2 2:35 2 0 0:00 0 0
16 Brandon Sutter 15:03 3 4 0:04 0 0 3:32 0 3
19 Jiri Tlusty 13:16 3 3 0:01 0 0 1:20 0 1
22 Zac Dalpe 5:29 2 0 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
23 Alexei Ponikarovsky 10:35 4 2 1:31 2 0 1:21 0 1
25 Joni Pitkanen 14:39 3 6 4:16 4 0 3:07 0 2
30 Cam Ward 43:56 9 10 5:51 6 0 10:05 0 5
36 Jussi Jokinen 10:48 4 2 4:25 4 0 2:58 0 1
37 Tim Brent 6:44 2 0 0:00 0 0 4:07 0 1
39 Patrick Dwyer 14:31 3 4 0:01 0 0 3:52 0 2
44 Jay Harrison 10:44 5 1 1:18 2 0 4:50 0 3
51 Tomas Kaberle 10:06 3 0 4:29 4 0 0:36 0 0
53 Jeff Skinner 12:15 1 4 3:13 4 0 0:00 0 0
59 Chad LaRose 13:29 2 4 1:25 2 0 1:06 0 0

Best EV Forwards: Tuomo Ruutu, Zac Dalpe, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Jussi Jokinen, Tim Brent +2

Worst EV Forwards: Eric Staal, Jeff Skinner -3

Best EV Defenseman: Jay Harrison +4

Worst EV Defenseman: Joni Pitkanen, Jamie McBain -3

Ruutu’s had a rough start to the year, but he had himself a solid game against the B’s. The second and fourth lines all had pretty solid games all around. Although, that fourth line had zero starts in their own zone in this game, which is odd because they’ve been getting almost nothing but defensive zone starts before this game. Meanwhile, Staal and Skinner had 5 starts in their own zone compared to only 2 in the offensive zone. That’s the exact opposite of how I expected Skinner to be utilized this year and could be why they had such rough games at even strength.

Harrison and Kaberle both had solid games but were sheltered in terms of matchups and usage (especially Kaberle). Kaberle was mainly matched up with Gregory Campbell’s line at even strength and got a lot of offensive zone starts. Allen and Gleason had to deal with Seguin’s line and had a solid performance against them. Allen managed to break even and had 7 blocked shots to boot. McBain and Pitkanen weren’t really matched up with anyone but both of them gave up a lot of chances in their own end no matter what.

For special teams, the top performers on the powerplay are the usual suspects. Staal, Skinner, Jokinen, Pitkanen and Kaberle lead the way once again. They’ve been a pretty strong unit this season. On the penalty kill, Brent turned in a strong performance with only one chance allowed in over 4 minutes of ice time. Allen and Dwyer also did well.

Head-to-head

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In the home opener against Tampa, I said Maurice didn’t use the last change to his advantage. It appears that he had a similar problem here as Chara seemed to be on the ice whenever Staal’s line was but Claude Julien was using Chara switched around Chara’s defense partners throughout the game so that he would be on-ice whenever Staal was. Julien is one of the better coaches when it comes to getting the matchup he wants and that was evident in the playoffs last year. Still, you have to give it to that second line for managing to beat Chara everytime they were matched up with him. The fourth line also did well against Boston’s and have a goal to show for it. Remember what I said about Kaberle and Harrison being sheltered? This tells the story well. Kaberle won all of his matchups, though. McBain and Pitkanen failed to win any of their matchups.

eam Period Time Note CAR Opponent
CAR 1 19:19 Tlusty 4 16 19 25 30 39 17 18 19 30 33 55 5v5
CAR 1 18:29 Ruutu 15 23 30 36 44 51 14 23 30 38 44 67 5v5
BOS 1 16:08 Seguin 4 12 25 30 53 59 17 18 19 30 33 55 5v5
BOS 1 15:21 Marchand 5 6 19 30 37 14 30 37 44 49 63 4v5
BOS 1 14:02 Horton 16 25 30 36 44 17 18 19 30 33 55 4v5
CAR 1 9:48 Dalpe backhander 13 22 30 37 44 51 11 23 30 33 55 67 5v5
BOS 1 7:40 Seguin 5 6 12 30 53 59 17 18 19 30 33 55 5v5
BOS 1 6:10 Pouliot 4 15 23 25 30 36 21 23 30 38 54 67 5v5
CAR 1 3:11 Ruutu 4 15 23 25 30 36 17 18 19 30 33 55 5v5
CAR 1 2:49 Ruutu 15 23 30 36 44 51 11 14 20 22 30 44 5v5
CAR 1 1:13 Skinner 12 25 36 44 53 59 23 30 33 54 63 67 5v5
CAR 1 0:49 Staal missed shot 12 25 30 36 51 53 11 20 30 33 44 5v4
CAR 2 19:18 Pitkanen – GOAL 12 25 30 36 51 53 30 33 37 44 63 5v4
CAR 2 18:39 Tlusty 5 6 16 19 30 39 17 18 19 21 30 54 5v5
BOS 2 10:19 Bergeron 6 16 30 39 44 14 17 19 30 37 44 4v5
BOS 2 10:03 Lucic 6 16 30 39 44 14 17 19 30 37 44 4v5
BOS 2 9:19 Horton 6 13 16 30 39 44 17 18 19 30 33 55 5v5
BOS 2 8:08 Seguin 5 12 23 25 30 14 17 18 19 30 44 4v5
CAR 2 6:32 Kaberle 12 25 30 36 51 53 11 23 30 33 44 5v4
BOS 2 4:18 Horton 5 6 16 19 30 39 17 18 19 21 30 33 5v5
BOS 3 17:31 Caron 4 15 23 25 30 36 21 23 30 38 55 67 5v5
CAR 3 16:18 Stewart – GOAL 5 6 13 22 30 37 11 14 20 22 30 44 5v5
BOS 3 15:53 Seguin – GOAL 4 12 25 30 53 59 17 18 19 30 33 54 5v5
BOS 3 14:11 Bergeron 4 12 25 30 53 59 14 30 37 44 49 63 5v5
CAR 3 12:57 Kaberle 12 25 30 36 51 53 11 20 30 33 55 5v4
CAR 3 12:37 Harrison 4 15 23 30 44 59 21 23 30 37 54 5v4
CAR 3 12:07 Ruutu 4 15 23 30 44 59 21 23 30 37 54 5v4
CAR 3 11:46 LaRose 4 15 23 30 44 59 21 23 30 37 49 54 5v5
BOS 3 8:35 Pouliot 5 6 16 19 30 39 14 30 33 37 63 67 5v5
CAR 3 6:28 Tlusty – GOAL 5 6 16 19 30 39 14 21 23 30 38 49 5v5
BOS 3 3:25 Marchand – GOAL 4 16 19 25 30 39 11 14 33 37 63 67 5v5
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