Tracking the Storm: Analysis
-- For the second night in a row, the Carolina Hurricanes generated quantity in shots but only found the back of the net once, as they fell 2-1 to the New Jersey Devils. Justin Faulk scored Carolina’s lone goal, while Jaromir Jagr posted a two-point night and Cory Schneider made 39 saves in the Devils’ 11th victory of the season.
"It's frustrating," Jeff Skinner said. "We've got to bear down on our chances, find a way to get to the tough areas and get some goals. It's not enough."
"It's all about scoring goals," Nathan Gerbe said. "You have to score more than the other team to win, and that's what we didn't do."
-- The shot attempt disparity was noticeable again tonight. The Canes had 94 shot attempts (40 on goal, 33 blocked and 21 missed) to New Jersey's 42, yet Carolina came away with no points to show for it.
"That's the million-dollar question right now," head coach Bill Peters said when asked how the Canes can snap out of their rut. "We've got to find the answers and be solution-based."
"It wasn't good enough, obviously. I don't think we worked hard enough," Skinner said. "Everyone in here wants to win. When you find ways to lose, it's tough and frustrating."
-- Jaromir Jagr played in his 1,500th career NHL game tonight, and at 42 years young, he’s still got it. He evened the score at one at the 14:45 mark of the second period, finishing off a centering feed from Scott Gomez for his fifth goal of the season.
"He's a horse. He knows how to play," Peters said of Jagr. "He's strong on the puck and makes you work for it."
Five minutes later, he fed Adam Henrique in the slot for a late-period power-play tally that gave the Devils a 2-1 lead. With those two points, Jagr eclipsed Marcel Dionne for fifth in all-time NHL scoring with 1,772 points. Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis currently sits in fourth place all-time with 1,798 points.
"I think it's just self-inflicted wounds," Peters said. "It's disappointing. It's too good of a league to give up freebies, and we gave up two freebies tonight."
-- After Sunday night’s 3-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, head coach Bill Peters preached net-front traffic: getting in front of the net and making it difficult for the goaltender to see pucks and make saves.
-- Coming into tonight’s game, the Hurricanes ranked fourth in the NHL with 229 takeaways. They had 10 compared to New Jersey’s three tonight.
-- Alexander Semin missed tonight's game with a lower-body injury and "wrist a little bit, too," Peters added. He's day-to-day.
-- The Hurricanes finished their five-game homestand with a 1-4-0 record. They scored just seven goals in those five games, dropping to 8-16-3 on the season.
"In a way, we have to get desperate. We can’t be too much more patient," Skinner said. "We have to be working harder to find a way to work ourselves out of this.”
"We've got to win, score goals and give our goalie a better chance," Gerbe said. "We've got to have the guts to put the puck in the net."
-- The Canes will now hit the road for three consecutive away games, the first two of which will be in Tampa Bay on Thursday and Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon.
"We've got to score. We've scored one each time in our last three. SO we're saying we have to go out on the road and have a shutout to win, and I don't think we're capable of that with the way we play right now," Peters said. "We make too many mistakes and give up too many grade-A chances. We need guys to take a good long look in the mirror, dig in and go out on the road to play properly and the way we're supposed to."