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Breaking Down the 2012-13 Schedule

Thursday, 06.21.2012 / 12:00 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Breaking Down the 2012-13 Schedule


With the Carolina Hurricanes’ 2012-13 schedule released, here’s a quick look at some highlights.

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On the Road Again

The Hurricanes will kick off the 2012-13 campaign on a season-long six-game road trip while the North Carolina State Fair is in town. The near two-week trek will take the Canes through Winnipeg, Vancouver, Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose and Boston.

A couple of highlights from the trip include starting the season in Winnipeg in the afternoon; the Canes will face the Jets six times, as the team remains in the Southeast Division for at least another year. In the fourth game of the season, Carolina will meet up with the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings in the two teams’ lone meeting.

Home Opening Weekend

The Hurricanes will open at PNC Arena on Friday, Oct. 26 against the New York Rangers. That will be followed up by a Sunday afternoon matinee against the Columbus Blue Jackets – one of three Western Conference teams the Canes will play twice – to cap off a late-October home opening weekend.

New Year’s Eve Game Returns

After spending the early New Year’s evening in Tampa Bay in 2011, the Canes will host the Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. this year. This will mark the first time since 2009 that the Hurricanes have hosted a New Year’s Eve game, and since the lockout, the team’s record is 2-3 in those games. Carolina topped Montreal 5-3 in the 2005 New Year’s Eve game.

Home Cookin’

Between mid-February and mid-March, the Hurricanes will play 10 of 11 games at PNC Arena, including a season-high seven straight from Feb. 15 until March 2. A medley of opponents will make their way to Raleigh in this stretch, including Boston and Pittsburgh twice and a one-time visit from the Edmonton Oilers. In total, the Hurricanes will play 20 of their final 33 games at PNC Arena.

Western Conference Matchups

The Hurricanes will play home-and-home sets with Anaheim, Phoenix and Columbus this season. They will face all other Western Conference teams once, with the location breakdown as follows:

Home only: Calgary, Colorado, Detroit, Edmonton, Minnesota, Nashville

Road only: Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Jose, St. Louis, Vancouver

Odds and Ends

Trending downward from the last two seasons, there are 14 back-to-back sets on the schedule, compared to 16 last season and 21 from 2010-11. Not unusually, all but two involves travel; Carolina will play host to Buffalo and Minnesota on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 and will face Boston and New Jersey at home on consecutive nights in mid-February. … The Canes play 11 Saturday away games, including eight straight to begin the season. … There are nine Sunday games on the schedule, six of which will be played at PNC Arena. Of those six, three are at 1:30 and three are at 5. Last season, the Canes hosted just two Sunday afternoon games.



SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
3 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
11 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 62 12 28 -18 40
E. Staal 57 18 20 -12 38
E. Lindholm 61 11 16 -18 27
J. Skinner 57 16 10 -17 26
N. Gerbe 58 7 16 -10 23
R. Nash 59 7 15 -10 22
V. Rask 60 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 62 6 13 3 19
J. Staal 26 4 12 -4 16
A. Nestrasil 34 4 11 4 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 20 4 .911 2.43
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .905 2.61