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Breaking Down the 2011-12 Schedule

Thursday, 06.23.2011 / 1:30 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
With the Hurricanes regular-season schedule coming out today, here’s a quick look at some notable elements. A number of schedule downloads are available now, including our PDF calendar and files for Outlook and iCal. Infuzer downloads are coming soon.

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OPENING NIGHT
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The Canes will start the season just how they ended the last one – a home date with the Tampa Bay Lightning. On the surface, there won’t be quite as much at stake this time, but clearly, every point matters in the long run.

It will also mark the second consecutive season that the Hurricanes have kicked off their campaign on Oct. 7, with a slight difference being that this season’s edition won’t be in Finland. That trip and the annual mid-October State Fair roadie had the team playing their home opener on Oct. 27 in 2009-10, a date they will beat by 20 days this year.

Speaking of which…

THE ANNUAL MID-OCTOBER STATE FAIR ROADIE

The Hurricanes will sneak in two home games, their opener against the Lightning and an Oct. 12 date with the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, before departing on their four-game trip that coincides with the North Carolina State Fair being held in Raleigh.

This year’s trip, an eight-day swing through Buffalo, Boston, St. Louis and Winnipeg, will be far less grueling than the year prior. That trip led the already road-weary team from Ottawa to Phoenix with stops in Vancouver, San Jose and Los Angeles over the course of nine days. While this year’s features a tricky back-to-back set in St. Louis and Winnipeg, it pales by comparison.

In the big picture, the Hurricanes are still playing just two of their first eight games at home, which may not be ideal but is something they’ve come to expect.

WINNIPEG

The schedule makers seem to have done a good job of softening the potential impact of having a division rival 1,300 miles away, at least from the Canes’ perspective. All three of Carolina’s visits to Winnipeg are part of longer western swings, eliminating fears of prolonged single-game trips that were routine with Atlanta.

In addition to the State Fair trip outlined above, the Canes visit Winnipeg after playing Calgary and Edmonton in December, and again in March as part of a back-to-back set with Minnesota. The as-of-yet-unnamed Manitoba team first visits Raleigh the day after Thanksgiving – Nov. 25.

WESTERN MATCH-UPS

This season, the Hurricanes will play home-and-home slates with Anaheim, Nashville and St. Louis. They will face all other Western Conference foes just once, with the breakdown as follows:

HOME ONLY: Chicago, Dallas, Vancouver, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Jose
ROAD ONLY: Calgary, Edmonton, Colorado, Minnesota, Columbus, Detroit
ROAD-HEAVY FINISH

The most road-intensive portion of the Hurricanes schedule comes at the end of the season – a time that has been dominated by home games in recent years as the team makes its playoff push.

This season, the team will play 12 of its final 17 games on the road, including a stretch where they play 10 of 12 March games in opposing cities. A five-game swing early in the month marks the team’s longest of the season and includes two sets of back-to-back games. Five of the team’s 16 sets of back-to-back games (down from 21 last season) occur during the month of March, which includes just four home games and 10 away contests.

The Hurricanes will have some time to prepare for that portion of their schedule, as a season-high six-game homestand immediately precedes it.

ODDS AND ENDS

With 10 home games and 15 total contests, November is the team’s busiest month in both categories … the team will be home for the holidays this season, with home games on either side of Thanksgiving (Nov. 23 and 25) and Christmas (Dec. 23 and 26). A notable exception is New Year’s with the Canes not appearing at home between Dec. 29 and Jan. 3.


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SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

[SSS_STANDINGS.METROPOLITAN_DIVISION_LABEL]
  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

STATS

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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