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Breaking Down the 2013-14 Schedule

Friday, 07.19.2013 / 1:00 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Breaking Down the 2013-14 Schedule

With the release of the Carolina Hurricanes’ 2013-14 schedule, here is a quick look at some of the highlights.

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Ushering in a New Era

The Hurricanes will open the season on Friday, Oct. 4 by hosting the Detroit Red Wings, now an Eastern Conference opponent. It will mark the Wings’ first visit to Raleigh since April 6, 2011, and under realignment, it will be a visit made at least once each season.

Opening weekend continues on Oct. 6 with a Sunday evening matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers, a new Metropolitan Division opponent.

The Hurricanes will sneak in three additional home games – two against the most recent Stanley Cup Champions in Chicago (Oct. 15) and Los Angeles (Oct. 11) – before shipping out for a light and spacious four-game State Fair road trip taking them through Toronto, New York, Minnesota and Colorado over a nine-day stretch.

New Year’s Eve Game Returns (Again)

Carolina will face the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. at PNC Arena on Dec. 31, marking the first time since 2009 that the Hurricanes have hosted a New Year’s Eve game. (Note: The original 82-game 2012-13 schedule had the same game planned, but it was wiped out due to the work stoppage.) Since 2004, the team is 2-3 in New Year’s Eve games, and on Dec. 31, 2005, the Canes topped the Canadiens 5-3.

Olympic Break

The NHL will take a two-week break in the latter half of February so that players can participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The result of the extended break is that the Hurricanes will play just four games in February, the first three of which are at home. After the Canes host the Habs on Feb. 8, nearly a month will pass on the calendar before the March 7 home game versus the New York Rangers.

Road-Heavy Conclusion

The home stretch of the season unofficially begins after the Olympic break, and the Hurricanes will spend the majority of the last seven weeks of the season on the road. The Canes will play 15 of their last 24 games away from PNC Arena, including a four-game road swing immediately following the Olympic break.

Variety in Opponents

A once-over of this season’s schedule immediately reveals a positive impact of realignment. In October alone, the Hurricanes host Detroit, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago and Pittsburgh; under the league’s old schedule matrix, half of those teams might not have even flown over the state of North Carolina. Now, for the first time in PNC Arena history, the Canes will host every team in the league at least once each season.

Odds and Ends

In somewhat of a scheduling quirk, the Hurricanes play just once on a Wednesday throughout the entire season, a Thanksgiving Eve tilt in New Jersey on Nov. 27. … The 2013-14 schedule features 20 back-to-back sets for the Hurricanes, one game shy of the team’s franchise record set last in 2010-11. Not unusually, all but two involve travel; Carolina will play host to Florida and Tampa Bay on Jan. 18 and 19 and will face Florida and Montreal at home on consecutive nights in early February. … The Hurricanes have 10 Sunday games, seven of which will be played at PNC Arena; two are at 1:00 p.m., one is at 3:00 p.m., three are at 5:00 p.m. and the remaining one is a 7:00 p.m. start time. … March is the Canes’ busiest month, as they will play six games at home and 10 on the road for a total of 16 games in 31 days. … The longest road trip for the Hurricanes is just four games, found thrice on the schedule: in mid-October, early December and early March. … The longest home stand for the Canes is five games, found in the home-heavy month of November (nine of 14 games in Raleigh).



SCHEDULE

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AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 70 21 28 -12 49
J. Faulk 75 15 32 -17 47
E. Lindholm 74 16 21 -19 37
J. Skinner 70 18 13 -21 31
V. Rask 73 11 20 -12 31
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 71 8 17 -13 25
J. McClement 75 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 47 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 39 4 16 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 21 5 .911 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60