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Breaking Down the 2012-13 Schedule

Thursday, 06.21.2012 / 12:00 PM ET / 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 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