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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81