Fenwick chart for 2014-02-07 Panthers 1 at Hurricanes 51

Game 56 By the Numbers: Panthers at Hurricanes

The Hurricanes haven't won many games this year when they've had an "off-night" or didn't play their best hockey, but this was pretty much the case on Friday night against Florida. Despite the 5-1 score, the Hurricanes played a sloppy game and bailed themselves out with a few timely goals and had Anton Khudobin cover up most of the mistakes they made. Florida didn't "outplay" them per se, but the score wasn't indicative of how the game went and the Panthers probably could have made the game closer had it not been for Khudobin. They had a slight edge in shots and possession at evens and gave the Canes some trouble in the first period before the score got out of hand. 

Not to take anything away from the Hurricanes efforts, as they played well enough to win but they had a lot of mistakes that went unpunished Friday night and may not be so fortunate against a superior opponent. That said, there were a lot of good things to take away from this game. Khudobin is giving the Canes some of the best goaltending they've had in awhile and the team's offense has slowly been coming around as the year has gone on. This game being one of their high points of the season.

Fenwick Timeline from Extra Skater

Scoring Chances

Period Total 5v5 PP 5v3 SH 3v5 4v4 EN
1 7 6 7 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 6 8 3 3 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 4 6 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 17 20 14 15 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

Score effects obviously led to the shot totals being in Florida's favor but the Hurricanes weren't exactly dominating them, despite the final score. Again, Khudobin came up big and bailed the Hurricanes out of a couple of tough situations. They also caught Florida goaltender Tim Thomas on the second night of a back-to-back and he played about as well as you'd expect. Although, there wasn't much he could do about the first three goals he let in, as the Canes did a great job of blocking his sight line on all of them.

Hurricanes Individual Scoring Chances

Player Goals Shots Chances Attempts
Eric Staal 0 4 4 4
Riley Nash 1 5 3 6
Tuomo Ruutu 0 2 2 4
Alexander Semin 1 2 2 6
Andrej Sekera 1 6 1 8
Nathan Gerbe 0 1 1 2
Jiri Tlusty 1 1 1 1
Manny Malhotra 0 1 1 1
Patrick Dwyer 0 1 1 3
Jeff Skinner 0 3 1 9
Brett Bellemore 1 1 1 2
Jordan Staal 0 0 0 2
Elias Lindholm 0 0 0 2
Drayson Bowman 0 1 0 3
John-Michael Liles 0 3 0 3
Justin Faulk 0 0 0 0
Jay Harrison 0 0 0 4
Ron Hainsey 0 1 0 1

 

Hurricanes On-Ice Scoring Chances

# Player 5v5 PP SH 4v4
4 Andrej Sekera 16:12 6 3 0:44 1 0 3:32 0 4   0 0
11 Jordan Staal 13:23 1 4 1:14 1 1 0:58 0 0   0 1
12 Eric Staal 13:46 7 5 1:02 2 0 1:26 0 3   0 0
14 Nathan Gerbe  10:49 2 2 1:02 2 0 0:17 0 0   0 0
15 Tuomo Ruutu 13:41 5 4 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0   0 0
16 Elias Lindholm 11:31 2 4 1:04 0 1 0:00 0 0   0 0
19 Jiri Tlusty 13:35 5 5 1:02 2 0 1:43 0 3   0 0
20 Riley Nash 13:11 4 4 0:00 0 0 1:02 0 0   0 0
21 Drayson Bowman 13:35 5 4 0:10 1 0 0:59 0 0   0 1
22 Manny Malhotra 11:26 3 2 0:00 0 0 2:12 0 1   0 0
26 John-Michael Liles 17:22 4 7 1:32 2 1 0:00 0 0   0 0
27 Justin Faulk 18:45 5 2 0:47 1 0 3:32 0 4   0 1
28 Alexander Semin 14:01 5 5 1:29 2 1 0:38 0 0   0 0
39 Patrick Dwyer 11:29 3 2 0:00 0 0 3:07 0 1   0 0
44 Jay Harrison 17:10 6 6 0:06 0 0 0:55 0 0   0 1
53 Jeff Skinner 12:23 3 4 1:04 0 1 0:00 0 0   0 0
65 Ron Hainsey 20:10 5 7 0:04 1 0 2:39 0 0   0 0
73 Brett Bellemore 13:27 4 5 0:00 0 0 1:44 0 0   0 0
31 Anton Khudobin   15 15   3 1   0 4   0 1

Best EV Forward: Eric Staal +2

Worst EV Forward: Jordan Staal -3

Best EV Defensemen: Andrej Sekera & Justin Faulk +3

Worst EV Defenseman: John-Michael Liles -3

The "fourth line" was the story fo this game with Riley Nash, Drayson Bowman & Tuomo Ruutu all playing well, but the first lien's performance should not go unnoticed either. They produced two goals and were responsible for about half of Carolina's scoring chances, half of them coming off the stick of Eric Staal. The Sekera/Faulk pairing also shined in a game which the rest of the defense struggled.

Panthers Individual Scoring Chances

Player Goals Shots Chances Attempts
Scottie Upshall 0 4 4 8
Nick Bjugstad 1 5 4 8
Jonathan Huberdeau 0 4 3 6
Sean Bergenheim 0 2 2 4
Dmitry Kulikov 0 1 1 3
Tomas Fleischmann 0 1 1 3
Aleksander Barkov 0 3 1 6
Shawn Matthias 0 2 1 3
Scott Gomez 0 0 1 2
Brad Boyes 0 2 1 3
Marcel Goc 0 1 1 8
Tomas Kopecky 0 4 1 6
Dylan Olsen 0 3 0 6
Jesse Winchester 0 1 0 5
Erik Gudbranson 0 0 0 0
Brian Campbell 0 0 0 2
Ed Jovanovski 0 1 0 4
Tom Gilbert 0 1 0 4

 

Panthers On-Ice Scoring Chances

 

# Player 5v5 PP SH 4v4
4 Dylan Olsen 16:12 6 4 0:00 0 0 0:55 1 1   1 0
7 Dmitry Kulikov 16:30 3 7 2:33 0 0 0:42 0 1   1 0
11 Jonathan Huberdeau 10:50 7 4 2:07 4 0 0:04 0 1   0 0
14 Tomas Fleischmann 13:35 3 4 1:45 0 0 0:00 0 0   0 0
16 Aleksander Barkov 14:59 3 5 2:29 0 0 0:06 0 0   1 0
17 Jesse Winchester 11:25 1 2 0:20 0 0 0:48 0 0   0 0
18 Shawn Matthias 13:14 3 4 1:24 0 0 1:08 1 0   0 0
19 Scottie Upshall 11:19 7 4 2:07 4 0 0:06 0 0   0 0
20 Sean Bergenheim 13:51 4 5 2:29 0 0 0:10 0 0   0 0
23 Scott Gomez 12:51 3 4 1:35 0 0 0:00 0 0   0 0
24 Brad Boyes 14:41 4 5 2:40 0 0 0:20 0 1   1 0
27 Nick Bjugstad 11:07 8 5 2:07 4 0 0:00 0 0   0 0
44 Erik Gudbranson 16:55 5 6 0:42 0 0 0:00 0 0   0 0
51 Brian Campbell 19:26 6 3 3:38 4 0 1:37 1 2   0 0
55 Ed Jovanovski 16:15 6 5 1:22 0 0 1:02 0 2   0 0
57 Marcel Goc 12:43 1 1 0:00 0 0 0:48 0 2   0 0
77 Tom Gilbert 17:48 4 5 3:37 4 0 0:20 0 1   0 0
82 Tomas Kopecky  12:15 1 2 0:00 0 0 0:57 1 1   0 0
30 Scott Clemmensen   8 6   4 0   1 3   1 0
34 Tim Thomas   7 9   0 0   0 0   0 0

Best EV Forwards:  Jonathan Huberdeau, Scottie Upshall & Nick Bjugstad +3

Worst EV Forward: Aleksander Barkov -2

Best EV Defenseman: Brian Campbell +3

Worst EV Defenseman: Dmitry Kulikov -4

Huberdeau's supposedly been going through a "sophomore slump," but you wouldn't know it going by this game. He played very well and was firing the puck on net every chance he could. His line generated a good chunk of Florida's offense and Huberdeau was doing a great job of getting himself to the scoring areas. Bjugstad also played a good game, scoring Florida's lone goal and coming close scoring another.

5v5 Zone Entries

Hurricanes

  # of entries Shots generated Carry-ins Shots generated Dump-ins Shots generated Failed Entries
Sekera 4 3 2 1 2 2 0
J. Staal 10 4 6 1 4 3 0
E. Staal 7 2 5 2 2 0 0
Gerbe 5 1 2 1 3 0 0
Ruutu 8 6 7 6 1 0 0
Lindholm 3 3 2 2 1 1 0
Tlusty 4 1 2 1 2 0 0
Nash 5 3 2 3 3 0 0
Bowman 3 1 2 0 1 1 0
Malhotra 1 0 0 0 1 0 1
Liles 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
Faulk 2 3 0 0 2 3 0
Semin 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Dwyer 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
Harrison 6 4 1 1 5 3 0
Skinner 6 3 2 2 4 1 0
Hainsey 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Bellemore 2 1 0 0 2 1 0
Team 72 35 35 20 37 15 1

 

It's a little odd that Jordan's offense hasn't been coming along because he is certainly doing a lot to create opportunities for himself and his linemates. He is typically one of the Canes best neutral zone players and while this was the case against Florida, he wasn't creating many shots off the times he carried the puck in. Compare his numbers to Ruutu and it's interesting.

Panthers

Player # of entries Shots generated Carry-ins Shots generated Dump-ins Shots generated Failed Entries
Olsen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kulikov 2 2 0 0 2 2 0
Huberdeau 4 4 3 3 1 1 1
Fleischmann 4 1 2 0 2 1 0
Barkov 6 5 2 2 4 3 0
Winchester 9 12 4 8 5 4 1
matthias 2 0 1 0 1 0 1
Upshall 4 2 2 1 2 1 1
Bergenheim 3 2 1 1 2 1 0
Gomez 4 3 2 1 2 2 1
Boyes 4 2 2 2 2 0 0
Bjugstad 7 2 5 2 2 0 0
Gudbranson 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Campbell 5 3 3 3 2 0 0
Jovanovski 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goc 5 2 2 2 3 0 0
Gilbert 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Kopecky 4 1 0 0 4 1 0
Team 65 41 29 25 36 16 5

Let's talk about Jesse Winchester. I'm pretty sure he is the least noteworthy player on Florida's roster, but his zone entry numbers kind of stick out in huge way here. Florida generated two shots per carry-ins by Winchester and 12 unblocked shot attempts off entries led by him. This was either a career game for him or he is a neutral zone monster and nobody knows it except Florida. Most likely the former.

5v5 Zone Exits

Hurricanes

# Player Pos. Touches Carry Pass Other Turnover Icing
4 Andrej Sekera D 22 2 4 1 0 0
11 Jordan Staal C 7 2 0 1 2 0
12 Eric Staal C 9 1 2 1 3 0
14 Nathan Gerbe C 5 0 2 0 0 0
15 Tuomo Ruutu R 4 2 0 0 0 1
16 Elias Lindholm C 6 2 2 0 0 0
19 Jiri Tlusty C 9 1 0 0 1 0
20 Riley Nash C 10 5 1 0 3 0
21 Drayson Bowman L 6 1 2 0 0 0
22 Manny Malhotra C 4 1 1 0 0 0
26 John-Michael Liles D 16 1 3 0 1 1
27 Justin Faulk D 13 2 0 0 2 0
28 Alexander Semin R 8 0 0 0 0 0
39 Patrick Dwyer R 2 2 0 0 0 0
44 Jay Harrison D 16 0 2 1 3 0
53 Jeff Skinner C 6 5 0 0 0 0
65 Ron Hainsey D 19 3 3 0 1 1
73 Brett Bellemore D 15 1 0 0 0 2
  Forwards   76 22 10 2 9 1
  Defense   101 9 12 2 7 4
  Overall   177 31 22 4 16 5

 

16 turnovers, nine by the forwards and six of them coming from centers. Like I said earlier, the Canes got a good result but the process of getting there was not pretty.

Panthers

# Player Pos. Touches Carry Pass Other Turnover Icing
4 Dylan Olsen D 22 0 5 0 2 0
7 Dmitry Kulikov D 28 2 3 0 2 1
11 Jonathan Huberdeau C 4 0 0 0 1 0
14 Tomas Fleischmann L 9 2 2 1 1 0
16 Aleksander Barkov C 9 2 0 0 2 0
17 Jesse Winchester C 5 2 2 1 0 0
18 Shawn Matthias C 4 0 0 0 2 0
19 Scottie Upshall R 4 0 1 0 2 0
20 Sean Bergenheim L 3 1 0 0 1 0
23 Scott Gomez C 10 1 1 2 1 0
24 Brad Boyes R 6 0 1 0 0 0
27 Nick Bjugstad C 6 2 1 0 1 0
44 Erik Gudbranson D 16 2 2 1 3 0
51 Brian Campbell D 27 4 5 0 2 0
55 Ed Jovanovski D 17 1 4 0 1 0
57 Marcel Goc C 7 3 0 0 2 0
77 Tom Gilbert D 21 0 8 1 0 0
82 Tomas Kopecky R 5 1 0 1 0 0
  Forwards   72 14 8 5 13 0
  Defense   131 9 27 2 10 1
  Overall   203 23 35 7 23 1

Carolina's turnovers were sort of negated by the Panthers being even worse on zone exits, who somehow turned the puck over 23 times while in the defensive zone. That'll negate a decent territorial performance.

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