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Breaking Down the 48-Game Schedule

Saturday, 01.12.2013 / 11:00 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Breaking Down the 48-Game Schedule

With the release of the Carolina Hurricanes’ shortened 2012-13 schedule, here is a quick look at some of the highlights.

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Opening Week

The Hurricanes will open the season on Saturday, Jan. 19 on the road in Florida, where their division rivals will raise a Southeast Division Champions banner. The Canes will return home to face the Lightning and Sabres on the following Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. There are some fantastic promotions lined up for opening night and the first week of home games, so make plans today.

Keeping it in the East

With the schedule trimmed down to just over half of its original length, Western Conference opponents have been eliminated. Winnipeg marks the westernmost destination for the Hurricanes, as the Jets remain in the geographically awkward Southeast Division for at least this season. The Canes will face the 10 teams from the Northeast and Atlantic divisions three times a piece. Of those 10 teams, the Hurricanes will play five twice at home and once on the road: Boston, Buffalo, New Jersey, NY Rangers and Pittsburgh. The other five teams (Montreal, NY Islanders, Ottawa, Philadelphia and Toronto) will host Carolina twice and visit Raleigh once.

With the exclusion of Western Conference opponents also comes beneficial start times; the vast majority of the team’s games will begin at 7:00 p.m., with the latest start time being just an hour later. The Canes will play two matinee games (a 1:00 p.m. start in Philadelphia on Saturday, Feb. 9 and a 3:00 p.m. EST start in Winnipeg on Saturday, March 30) and two early-evening games (a 6:00 p.m. local puck-drop in Florida on Sunday, March 3 and a 6:00 p.m. start time in Tampa Bay on Sunday, April 21).

Uneven Divisional Play

With a truncated schedule also comes uneven divisional play. Rather than playing each of the other four teams in the Southeast Division six times (three at home and three on the road), the Canes will face Tampa Bay and Washington five times and Florida and Winnipeg four times. In 2011-12, the Hurricanes saw the most success against Tampa Bay and Washington at 6-4-2 (14 points) in the season series; Carolina was 3-6-3 (9 points) against Florida and Winnipeg.

Circus Road Trip

The State Fair usually forces the Hurricanes to take their longest road trip of the season in mid-October. In this upcoming abridged season, the Canes’ lengthiest period away from the Triangle will occur in early February when the circus is in town. Between Saturday, Feb. 2 and Tuesday, Feb. 12, Carolina will play six straight road games, including two in Philadelphia.

Staal and Semin vs. Old Teams

Jordan Staal will make just one trip to Pittsburgh, and that won’t happen until the last game of the season on Saturday, April 27. Brandon Sutter and the Penguins will first visit Raleigh on Thursday, Feb. 28 and again on Tuesday, April 9.

Alexander Semin’s first journey back to Washington is slated for Tuesday, Feb. 26. He and the Canes make two additional trips back to the nation’s capitol in March and April, respectively.

Odds and Ends

From the first week in February through the last week of the season, the Canes play on every Thursday, a total of 12 straight Thursday games. Eight of those 12 games are at home, including six straight Thursday home games between Feb. 14 and March 21. … The original 2012-13 schedule had the Canes playing in 14 back-to-back sets. In this shortened season, the Canes have nine back-to-back match-ups, two of which are home-and-home series and all of which involve travel. … The Hurricanes will not play on a Wednesday in the 2012-13 season. … The Canes will play four games on Sundays, all on the road. The original 2012-13 schedule had the team playing nine Sunday games, including six at PNC Arena. … It seems Friday is an unpopular day for games, as the Canes will play just twice on the final day of the traditional workweek: in Buffalo on Jan. 25 and versus Ottawa on Feb. 1.



SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 69 21 28 -11 49
J. Faulk 74 15 32 -17 47
E. Lindholm 73 16 21 -19 37
J. Skinner 69 18 13 -21 31
V. Rask 72 11 20 -11 31
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 70 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 74 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 46 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 38 4 16 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 21 5 .911 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62