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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 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 54 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 52 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 54 12 19 8 31
K. Versteeg 53 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 54 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 54 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 47 7 12 0 19
J. Nordstrom 43 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 54 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 6 .908 2.38
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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