|15||CAROLINA||+105||Ov 5,-130||+110||Ov 5,-130|
|16||FLORIDA||-125||Un 5,+110||-130||Un 5,+110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||13-28-0||-9.9||13-28||-9.9||24-14||2.6||30.2||3.2||34.8|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.2||2-3||-1.2||1-2||1.6||30.0||3.0||32.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||82||213||64||73||72||4||7||2497||8.5%||294||49||16.7%||332|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||41||107||34||37||35||1||3||1239||8.6%||144||25||17.4%||171|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||8||2||4||1||1||1||150||5.3%||19||3||15.8%||9|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||24||60||24||19||16||1||1||728||8.2%||79||15||19.0%||92|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||243||53||84||90||16||14||2653||9.2%||253||49||19.4%||416|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||133||33||49||42||9||5||1427||9.3%||129||28||21.7%||233|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||4||6||4||1||1||162||9.3%||22||3||13.6%||28|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||70||17||25||23||5||5||743||9.4%||71||16||22.5%||118|
|BRIAN BOUCHER (All Games)||10||8||260||229||88.1%||0||1-7||-6||1-7-0||-6||4-2|
|BRIAN BOUCHER (Road Games)||5||5||145||125||86.2%||0||1-4||-3||1-4-0||-3||4-0|
|BRIAN BOUCHER (vs. Division)||3||3||85||73||85.9%||0||0-3||-3||0-3-0||-3||2-0|
|BRIAN BOUCHER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||122||108||88.5%||0||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||1-1|
|MIKE MURPHY (All Games)||2||0||9||9||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MIKE MURPHY (Road Games)||2||0||9||9||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MIKE MURPHY (vs. Division)||1||0||7||7||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MIKE MURPHY (Last 4 Games)||2||0||9||9||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JUSTIN PETERS (All Games)||7||6||233||217||93.1%||1||2-4||-1.7||2-4-0||-2||2-3|
|JUSTIN PETERS (Road Games)||3||2||98||88||89.8%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|JUSTIN PETERS (vs. Division)||2||2||61||59||96.7%||1||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||0-1|
|JUSTIN PETERS (Last 4 Games)||4||3||108||103||95.4%||1||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||0-2|
|CAM WARD (All Games)||68||68||2143||1961||91.5%||5||30-38||-3.6||30-38-0||-3||36-28|
|CAM WARD (Road Games)||34||34||1171||1073||91.6%||2||12-22||-4.8||12-22-0||-5||18-14|
|CAM WARD (vs. Division)||19||19||586||535||91.3%||2||8-11||-3.4||8-11-0||-3||10-8|
|CAM WARD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||135||129||95.6%||0||3-1||+1.8||3-1-0||+2||1-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||23-22-0||-3.5||23-22||-3.5||14-20||2.6||31.6||2.5||29.9|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-0.4||2-3||-0.4||1-2||2.2||29.0||2.6||32.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||89||220||59||82||72||7||19||2628||8.4%||313||62||19.8%||368|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||45||118||30||46||38||4||12||1424||8.3%||156||34||21.8%||201|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||2||5||4||0||1||145||7.6%||20||6||30.0%||20|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||24||64||22||17||21||4||8||727||8.8%||86||20||23.3%||105|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||245||72||74||79||20||18||2728||9.0%||264||54||20.5%||393|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||111||33||34||32||12||10||1346||8.2%||130||22||16.9%||171|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||5||3||3||2||0||160||8.1%||17||4||23.5%||26|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||73||16||24||29||4||4||760||9.6%||63||15||23.8%||113|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (All Games)||33||29||861||787||91.4%||2||15-14||+3.4||15-14-0||+3||11-12|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Home Games)||14||13||369||338||91.6%||0||8-5||+3.1||8-5-0||+3||4-6|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (vs. Division)||9||7||225||202||89.8%||1||5-2||+3.3||5-2-0||+3||4-2|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Last 4 Games)||4||4||123||115||93.5%||1||2-2||+0.5||2-2-0||+1||1-1|
|BRIAN FOSTER (All Games)||1||0||1||1||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|BRIAN FOSTER (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|BRIAN FOSTER (vs. Division)||1||0||1||1||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|BRIAN FOSTER (Last 4 Games)||1||0||1||1||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (All Games)||7||6||222||205||92.3%||1||1-5||-4||1-5-0||-4||3-3|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (Home Games)||2||1||51||49||96.1%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (vs. Division)||2||2||65||58||89.2%||1||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||4||4||132||118||89.4%||0||0-4||-4.1||0-4-0||-4||3-1|
|JOSE THEODORE (All Games)||58||54||1637||1501||91.7%||3||25-29||-7||25-29-0||-8||19-21|
|JOSE THEODORE (Home Games)||33||31||925||857||92.6%||2||15-16||-5.6||15-16-0||-6||10-13|
|JOSE THEODORE (vs. Division)||15||15||467||428||91.6%||1||7-8||-2.4||7-8-0||-3||7-7|
|JOSE THEODORE (Last 4 Games)||4||3||97||89||91.8%||1||2-1||+1||2-1-0||+1||1-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: CAROLINA 3.07, FLORIDA 3.15|
|1/19/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
|1/22/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|1/25/2013||at BUFFALO|| |
|1/21/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
|1/22/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
|1/29/2013||at TAMPA BAY|| |
LAST SEASON: 33-33-16, 82 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 12th in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Kirk Muller, 2nd season overall and with Hurricanes, 25-20-12.
ADDED: C Jordan Staal, LW Alexander Semin, RW Kevin Westgarth, D Joe Corvo, G Dan Ellis.
LOST: C Brandon Sutter, D Bryan Allen, D Derek Joslin, D Jaroslav Spacek, G Brian Boucher, RW Anthony Stewart.
PLAYER TO WATCH: C Eric Staal. The team captain and face of the franchise blossomed after Muller took over two months into last season, with 19 goals and 40 assists in the final 57 games. With his younger brother on the team and veteran Semin on his line, Staal should have enough pieces around him to carry the team to the playoffs.
OUTLOOK: The Hurricanes have made the playoffs just once since winning the 2006 Stanley Cup, but the additions of Jordan Staal and Semin should give them enough quality offensive depth to reach the postseason - even in a tough Southeast Division.
LAST SEASON: 38-26-18, 94 points. Lost to New Jersey 4-3 in first round.
COACH: Kevin Dineen, 2nd season with Panthers, 38-26-18; 2nd overall in NHL.
ADDED: D Filip Kuba, C Peter Mueller, RW George Parros, RW Alex Kovalev.
LOST: D Jason Garrison, LW Wojtek Wolski, C John Madden.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Kovalev. He's still strong and talented, and could be the perfect fit for a second line that sometimes struggled with scoring a year ago. Plus, considering how much Florida struggles with shootouts, someone like Kovalev could pay immediate dividends.
OUTLOOK: Most of the team that won the Southeast Division title last season is back. The Panthers might have one of the best 1-2 goaltending combos in the league with Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen. If health isn't an issue, the Panthers could go deeper in the playoffs this time around.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (CAROLINA-FLORIDA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Hurricanes-Panthers Preview* =============================
Carolina (0-0-0) at Florida (0-0-0), 7:30 p.m. EDT
(AP) - There's one last order of business to complete before the Florida Panthers can finally get this season started.
It comes Saturday night, not long before the puck drops against the Carolina Hurricanes, and it's a moment 12 years in the making. The Panthers will pay homage to last season one more time, with the hoisting of the banner to commemorate their first Southeast Division title.
Carolina has three of those titles under its belt, but this marks a big year for a franchise that has made the playoffs just once since winning the 2006 Stanley Cup.
Yes, the Panthers had their long-awaited breakout season. And no, winning the Southeast isn't exactly the franchise's ultimate goal, either.
"It's not a Stanley Cup banner," forward Stephen Weiss said. "And those are the only ones that really matter at the end of the day. But certainly, it was a good year for us last year. We're proud of winning the Southeast. It'll be nice to see the banner go up, but I'm sure it'll be out of our minds pretty quickly and we'll be on to the next challenge."
Florida's ride ended last season on home ice, in a double-overtime, Game 7 thriller against New Jersey in the first round. The Panthers (38-26-18) have been waiting to pick up where they left off ever since, first through the summer and then through the lockout that turned this season into what will be a 48-game battle of wills.
And to get back to the playoffs, there might not be much room for error. Florida earned the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference last season by winning the division, but only finished with 94 points - just two more than Washington and Ottawa, who took the last two spots in the playoff bracket.
"Our guys are a great group of guys," general manager Dale Tallon said. "There's a lot of character in our locker room and we've added some more. We're adding more skill as well. It's not going to be easy. Teams are going to be prepared for us. But the second half, we weren't a surprise in the second half. This is a group of guys that want to win ... and want to prove to the world that they can get better and go deeper in the playoffs."
Florida returns its top four scorers in Tomas Fleischmann, Weiss, Kris Versteeg and defenseman Brian Campbell, as well as much of the core from the usual lines that coach Kevin Dineen sent out last season.
Jose Theodore started 51 games last season and his goals-against average was 2.46, his best in four years.
"We built something last year," Theodore said. "We're still far away from the ultimate goal. But last year was a start."
The Hurricanes (33-33-16) are looking to take a significant step forward in coach Kirk Muller's first complete season, and they spent some significant money during the offseason to help make that happen.
And no move - not even the signing of Alexander Semin - created more buzz than the blockbuster trade that reunited Eric Staal with younger brother Jordan.
"We've got some new faces that are really going to help our team," Eric Staal said, "and we'd like to jell together quickly."
For the most part, the Hurricanes skated well in four months last season under Muller, a first-time NHL head coach who took over for the fired Paul Maurice in December 2011 and led them to points in 37 of 57 games. No player blossomed under him more than Eric Staal, who played at better than a point-per-game pace under the new coach.
Now they want to keep that up for an entire season.
"Our guys have to understand the parity of the NHL is tight every night, but we have a capability that it's not now in a situation that we're not going to win a hockey game because we don't have enough firepower or goaltending or whatever," Muller said. "I think we have a strong enough group right now that every night, we should battle to try to win. ... But we have to go and earn it."
Their new faces on offense should be able to help with that. They wanted another elite forward and wound up swinging a summertime trade with Pittsburgh that landed Jordan Staal.
"Getting to a great team and getting to play with Eric is a really cool feeling," he said.
Then they took a flyer on Semin, a noted nemesis from division rival Washington, by signing him to a one-year, $7 million deal. Over the years, Semin - the fifth-leading scorer in Capitals history - has totaled 27 goals and 45 points against Carolina, his most versus any team.
"He's definitely got the skill - you know that playing against him for years now," Eric Staal said. "I think even some nights when you don't have it, just that threat (of Semin), he's going to back off defenses and it's going to give other guys opportunities. He's one of those guys where, with his release and his shot, he's going to be able to score a lot of goals in tight areas."
Semin had three goals and three assists in five games against Florida while playing for Washington last season.
Florida went 5-1-0 in last season's series, outscoring the Hurricanes 9-3 in winning all three matchups at home.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 3:02:58 AM EST|