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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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72