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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 - 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
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81