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Two-Man Advantages - Make or Break?

Monday, 11.24.2008 / 1:48 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
2 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
3 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
4 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
5 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
6 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
7 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
8 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 79 21 40 -13 61
J. Skinner 71 33 21 -14 54
A. Sekera 74 11 33 4 44
A. Semin 65 22 20 1 42
J. Staal 82 15 25 2 40
J. Faulk 76 5 27 -9 32
N. Gerbe 81 16 15 -6 31
J. Tlusty 68 16 14 2 30
R. Nash 73 10 14 0 24
P. Dwyer 75 8 14 -2 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 19 14 1 .926 2.30
C. Ward 10 12 6 .898 3.06
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