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Tracking the Storm

Another Statistical Oddity in Florida

Friday, 01.09.2009 / 9:40 AM / 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 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 44 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 49 10 19 -15 29
E. Lindholm 48 9 11 -12 20
R. Nash 49 7 13 -4 20
J. Tlusty 42 12 7 -14 19
J. Skinner 44 10 9 -9 19
N. Gerbe 45 5 13 -7 18
V. Rask 49 6 9 -13 15
A. Sekera 47 1 14 -7 15
J. McClement 49 1 9 -2 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .914 2.41
C. Ward 11 18 4 .913 2.42