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Breaking Down the 48-Game Schedule

Saturday, 01.12.2013 / 11:00 PM / 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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 61 12 28 -16 40
E. Staal 56 18 19 -10 37
E. Lindholm 60 11 16 -16 27
J. Skinner 56 16 10 -16 26
R. Nash 58 7 15 -9 22
N. Gerbe 57 7 15 -11 22
V. Rask 59 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 61 6 12 3 18
J. Staal 25 4 12 -2 16
A. Nestrasil 33 4 10 4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 19 4 .913 2.37
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .906 2.60