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Two-Man Advantages - Make or Break?

Monday, 11.24.2008 / 1:48 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Two-Man Advantages - Make or Break?
It’s an old nugget of hockey wisdom: if you don’t score on a 5-on-3, you don’t win the game.

But is it true?

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It sure seems like it lately.  The Brandon-Sutter-inspired kill in last Tuesday’s win over Montreal and the Canes’ 0-2 showing in the first period of yesterday’s loss against Nashville were both crucial to the game’s eventual outcome.

However, the body of work over the entire season shows they aren’t as do-or-die as you might think.

Although they’re now 0-8 on the season with the two-man advantage, the Canes are merely mediocre at 3-4-0 when they don’t convert.  When the opposition takes care of business, which they’ve done four of eleven times, the Hurricanes actually have a winning record at 2-1-1.

The second game of the season was a double-whammy. Tampa Bay scored on a 5-on-3 to put the Canes down 3-0, and Carolina followed that by missing a chance of their own.  Carolina still came back to win the game in overtime.

So don’t call it game over the next time there’s a 5-on-3 in a Hurricanes game (that’s bound to be soon, seeing as how there’s been a two-man advantage for one team or the other in 15 of the Canes’ 21 games).  Sure, the goal helps, but what goal doesn’t?

Another piece of conventional wisdom has proven to be true this season – the best way to bounce back from a tough loss is to play the very next night.  The Canes are a perfect 3-0-0 on the second half of back-to-back games this season, despite only going 1-3-0 in the first halves – a trend they’ll hope to continue tonight in Florida.

Patrick Dwyer is in for Patrick Eaves, who is out with an undisclosed injury but was seen in a sling after yesterday’s game.  Former Cane Cory Stillman is out with a concussion, as is defenseman Nick Boynton.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
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8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
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11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62