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Tracking the Storm

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 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 43 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 48 10 19 -13 29
E. Lindholm 48 9 11 -12 20
R. Nash 48 7 13 -4 20
J. Tlusty 41 12 7 -12 19
J. Skinner 43 10 9 -8 19
N. Gerbe 44 5 13 -4 18
V. Rask 48 6 9 -10 15
A. Sekera 46 1 14 -6 15
J. McClement 48 1 9 -2 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 11 17 4 .914 2.37
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .914 2.41