Consider him the Ghostface Killah of Section 328 in that since his face has been revealed, the game has gotten very real. Mr. Alytics joined in 2015 and brings us insights to hockey analytics without any of that pesky condescension that may scare people away. Enjoy his graphs and more on Twitter.
The day the Hurricanes acquired Teuvo Teravainen will be a day many longtime Canes fans will remember fondly. I was at work, beginning that long summer lull without hockey. Free agency was weeks away. Big hockey news wasn’t on anyone’s radar. Then it happened. Read More
“Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong – these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.” – Winston Churchill… Read More
Well, let’s get right back at it. The preseason continues to flail around like a newborn without motor skills and it must be judged accordingly. There were five games to wrap-up the preseason, and, as it’s all exhibition, there’s no real criticism here. Those will… Read More
Being entrenched in the various hockey social media networks allows us to get a sense of who the infamous players are. Players that are so notoriously bad or dirty, or both, at hockey that they take on a larger-than-life persona among their team’s fans’ twitter… Read More
Training camp has begun and the hockey world is finally gearing up for its next season. So, it’s time to roll out what may be a regular column-type thing from me this season. A semi-regular short-term look at the how the Canes are doing while… Read More
Prior to a game late in the season of 2013, Jordan Staal lined up with his brothers, Eric and Jared, to start in a game that held great meaning to the Staal family, but none to the already squashed playoff hopes of the Hurricanes. A nice moment for the Staal family, a family completely devoted to hockey and, for a long time, to this franchise. Things have changed since then and, as the team takes gradual steps to move away from icons of the past in its effort to regain former glories, only one Staal remains. The good news? We've got the best one in the league. Read More
Everyone likes a good story. Stories create shared experiences and bring groups of people together. We like stories so much we even create them when they aren't really there. If the stories are there, sometimes they are over-inflated and discussed ad nauseum. This is especially true in sports, and hockey is no exception. For example, were you aware that Jordan Staal had a brother and they used to be on the same team? Throughout a game and NHL season there is so much going that our brains make sense of it all by creating these scripts, patterns, narratives, or plain old bullshit about what happens out there on the ice.In sports we create narratives for the players we love, the players we love to hate, the teams that visit PNC and bring the entire city of Cary with them, and so on and so on. It helps us create a shared culture as fans and come together as a group. Bloggers and journalists rely on narrative to make their stories compelling and relatable. Sometimes they're relied on a bit too much and don't work out. Phil Kessel likes hot dogs. Maybe that old guy free agent pick up has a great compete level, or he's a good locker room guy, or maybe he has the drive to win. Eventually we're all guilty of creating or using a tired narrative. I know I am. Read More
Old man Skinner. Our ever-smiling scorer has seen a lot during his days as a Carolina Hurricane. He has weathered concussions, trade speculation, and the departure of every player, save one, on the team that was there before him. He has endured criticisms about his… Read More
Here we are again. The seventh summer where, for many, interests may veer off from hockey, or where others root and adopt other teams with a safe, short term commitment. Unlike many of the previous playoff-less Canes summers this one is different: our Hurricanes were actually fun to watch this year. They were above .500 with numerous memorable wins and had a revolving door of young, exciting talent that wasn't the questionable, perhaps AHL-level talent that call-ups may have had in the past. Oh yeah, this team also had Noah Freakin'™ Hanifin. AND Jaccob Slavin AND Brett Pesce.All photos within credited to Jamie Kellner, unless otherwise noted. Thanks!This year was the foundation year. Things are starting to be built here, and built well. The core of that foundation comes from a trio of first year pro defensemen, an Olympian, and their weird Uncle Ron. It's hard to believe that in just a year's time we've moved on from the well-liked Tim Gleason, Jay Harrison, and Brett Bellemore, who were a touch too slow for this speed-driven era of the NHL. Remarkably, looking to the future the solid defensemen options keep on coming and possibilities abound. Stud juniors defensemen Haydn Fleury and Roland McKeown are close, and there's an AHL all-star down in Charlotte with Trevor Carrick, and, although he may not have the same level of pedigree, we can't forget about Danny Biega, injured for most of the year in Charlotte, but who was solid in post-Sekera trade relief last season. It's certainly an unusual and new feeling to have so many defensive chips on the table as a Hurricanes fan, but at least we can be assured we won't be pulling Joe Corvo out of retirement anytime soon.So let's look at this past team's defensive group and see how the young core did in their formative NHL year, but first let's look at the guy who logged more minutes than anyone.Note: All data comes from Corsica.hockey. I used a minimum of 500 minutes played at 5v5 and 100 minutes on special teams when comparing the entire NHL field. Score-adjusted.The Ronster
The Canes sure put some miles on Ron Hainsey this season. He logged the 14th most minutes in the NHL at 5v5 with 1451.26 minutes. The next highest Cane after Hainsey--not counting the traded Liles--is Noah Hanifin at 100th. On the penalty kill, Hainsey again played the most (218 minutes) and had nearly 83 minutes more than the next highest Canes defensemen, Jaccob Slavin. From those numbers alone the Hurricanes got significant value from Ron especially when you factor in that Hainsey played against the opponent's top six forwards for greater than 60% of his shifts. Read More
This season was much needed. From the seemingly never-ending string of talented young hockey players who have made an immediate impact on this season, to the stellar seasons many of our newly drafted prospects have enjoyed, this season has been a breath of fresh air for many Carolina hockey fans. As we all know, and all have probably said at least once, the future is bright. And that feels damn good.So we look forward to next year's Carolina Hurricanes with anticipation, a glimmer of playoff hope, and, maybe for the first time in a while, a strong sense of pride in our boys. There's still work to be done, sophomore slumps to be avoided, and I'd expect some Draft Day / Free Agency Day deals to be made.But as it stands now, what should we look at within this group? Where can things improve to get this team into playoff hockey? Here are 5 fancy stats from this season that I believe are important in this team's identity and to their success going forward.
Justin Faulk's 5v5 Goals For % Relative to TeamThis statistic describes the effect Justin Faulk has on the Canes Goals For %. When Faulk is on the ice the Canes score 44.19% of the goals that occur, dropping from 50.4% when he is not out there. Read More