In an enormous three game sample, the Hurricanes did the impossible and managed to outshoot and outchance their opponents at even strength. Before we start celebrating, I should also tell you that they won only one game this past week and lost the other two via the shootout. What went wrong? In cases like this, goaltending is usually the problem but not this week. Justin Peters was outstanding in all three of his starts and the only reason they got a point against Florida. The reason why the Canes went 1-0-2 last week was because they couldn’t stay out of the box against Anaheim and played a lousy third period against Florida where they sat on a two-goal lead.
The team is still learning and we’re seeing some improvements but they clearly have a long way to go before they’re a good team again.
After the jump, we’ll take a look at some individual standouts from the past week.
Another week, another OZ QoC chart and we were actually able to fit all of the players in it this time! Other than that, nothing has changed much. You can see that Samson is being used in strictly offensive situations but he’s playing on Staal’s line which means he’s drawing tough competition at even strength. McBain’s ice time is getting softer and softer by the week and so is Jokinen’s.
Justin Peters: The guy stopped 94 out of 98 shots, was quality in all three starts, allowed only three even strength goals in three games and got his first NHL shutout. We might as well call him “Player of the Week.”
Eric Staal: Another week, another five points added to Staal’s season total. He also had 17 shots on goal and was on the positive side in even strength scoring chances.
Jamie McBain: He had only one goal but the guy has been tearing it up at even strength. He was on ice for 22 Carolina scoring chances and only 9 of the opponent’s. Granted, he’s playing easy minutes but McBain is taking advantage of his situation and playing his role fine. He was solid in all three games this past week.
Andreas Nodl: Scored his third goal of the season and was a stud defensively. He was on ice for only nine of the opponent’s scoring chances in three games, which is saying a lot because he’s now regularly being matched up against opposing top lines. He was also on ice for zero goals against.
Justin Faulk: He had a rough game against the Panthers but he was good for the rest of the week. He also scored twice on the powerplay and was on ice for seven of the Hurricanes goals.
Tim Gleason: Was a -23 in corsi and was torched on the penalty kill, especially against the Ducks. Gleason also had the lowest scoring chance differential on the team with a -5.
Bryan Allen: Was also torched at even strength and on the penalty kill this past week.
Jay Harrison: Had the second worst scoring chance differential on the team and was held off the scoresheet completely. Remember the offensive outburst Harrison had to start the season? He has only one point in the last month.
Jaroslav Spacek: Like McBain, Spacek is enjoying the soft minutes that Muller is giving him as he had a +11 scoring chance rating, good for second on the team. He also had two assists, one of which was a beauty of a pass to Eric Staal for his second goal against Washington on Monday.
Drayson Bowman: Bowman was on ice for 16 Carolina chances at even strength, three Carolina goals and had 7 shots on goal. Unfortunately, he had no goals or points to show for his hard work. The kid is doing all the right things but he just can’t find the back of the net.
Jeff Skinner: Recorded an assist against Florida and had a pretty good week with 10 shots on goal and a +10 scoring chance rating. The play was going in the right direction when he was on the ice but he was also on ice for opposing goals than Carolina goals. Oh, and Skinner was used regularly on the penalty kill the past week and was on ice for five chances in about three minutes of ice time. I hope this experiment comes to an end soon.
Jussi Jokinen: Goals have been hard to come by for Jokinen this year as the goal he scored on Saturday was only his ninth of the year. He had an okay week with a 60% scoring chance percentage at even strength but he didn’t play well on special teams with only two powerplay scoring chances and five shorthanded chances allowed.
Jiri Tlusty: Tlusty’s point streak was snapped on Saturday but he still had three points in three games for the week. He was even in scoring chances at even strength but Tlusty got burned possession wise with a -26 corsi rating.
Tim Brent: Still doing what he does best, which is work the powerplay and stay quiet at even strength. He was on ice for four of the six powerplay chances that Carolina produced this past week and had an assist.
Jerome Samson: The bounces went Samson’s way this week as he had a goal and two assists in three games, but he was underwater in every other even strength metric. However, he was a force on the powerplay and that has to count for something.
Brandon Sutter: Gave up one more chance than he produced and had a rough outing against Florida. Still a good week for Sutter as he was one of the team’s better penalty killers. Was only on ice for 3 of the 11 shorthanded chances that the Canes gave up. He was also 56% effective at the face-off dot.
Patrick Dwyer: Had a good game on the second line against Washington and followed it with a poor performance against Anaheim that got him demoted back to the third line. He is now injured for the next three weeks and the penalty kill will definitely miss him.
Anthony Stewart: Possession was going in the Canes favor when Stewart was on the ice and he had a goal and an assist, which is a good week for him in my book.
Derek Joslin: Didn’t do much at even strength aside from hitting people, which is effective but not if you can only generate three scoring chances in three games. Wonder how long the team will keep him at forward?