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Another Statistical Oddity in Florida

Friday, 01.9.2009 / 9:40 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Another Statistical Oddity in Florida
As Paul Maurice said in his postgame comments, last night’s game in Florida was indeed unusual, but it wasn’t the first. The Canes’ two games there this season, both losses, have been statistically two of the strangest games in team history. 
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The first one, which Florida won by a 3-2 score, was the franchise's first penalty-free game on the road since 1980. Last night’s game, a 4-2 win for the Panthers, was the first time Hartford/Carolina didn’t have a power play on the road since 1981. Each of this year's games had just two total penalties.

As someone who worked briefly in the media relations department as an intern and kept track of these things as part of my job, I never really expected either of those old records to be updated, especially since my tenure there was during the post-lockout year where each team routinely had eight power plays a game.

Now, they’ve both occurred in the same year and in the same building: Florida’s BankAtlantic Center.

What does that mean? I have no idea. Different referees each time, and during the course of either game I never felt like anyone was getting away with murder. Just bizarre.

Here are some other feats previously thought to be untouchable that could occur during the Canes’ final visit to The Twilight Zone Florida on March 23.  The Hurricanes franchise has never accomplished any of these on the road:

  • Erased a four goal deficit
  • Scored 10 goals
  • Took 50 shots
  • Had a player score four goals
If I had to pick one, it would be scoring four goals.  Much to my podcast co-host Kyle Hanlin's dismay, the Hurricanes haven't had a four-goal game of any kind since Ron Francis potted four against Edmonton at home in 1984.  Plenty of hat tricks, but never the elusive fourth. 

Take note, Eric Staal.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72