Originally written on Shutdown Line  |  Last updated 10/28/14
For the second game in a row, the Hurricanes outchanced their opponents only to come out on the losing end of a blowout. Despite outchancing both Florida and Tampa Bay by a combined 40-34 and 32-23 at even strength, the Canes have been outscored 2-9 and now find themselves starting the year with an 0-2-0 record. This is frustrating to watch, but the fact that Carolina has been winning the battles at even strength should mean that better days are on the horizon. I mean, simple regression should tell you that the Hurricanes aren't going to continue to shoot at less than 3% forever and Ward won't continue to let in more than 20% of the shots he faces in the long-run. So this team isn't as bad as their -7 goal differential through two games would lead you to believe. There are some problems with this team, though and the main killer in both games has been slow starts. They had a parade to the penalty box in the first period against Florida resulting in three powerplay goals against. The same trend continued against Tampa Bay, as the Hurricanes created only three scoring chances (despite several offensive zone draws) and allowed two early goals to put themselves in a 2-0 hole heading into the first intermission. Carolina managed to wake up after that and ended up on the right side of the shots and scoring chance ledger, but the slow starts are something that really needs to be fixed. Cam Ward hasn't been playing well enough to bail them out of it and they can't keep spotting teams 1-2 goals five minutes into the game. Scoring chance breakdown coming after the jump. Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 1/22/13 Carolina's chances are in red, Tampa's are in blue Period Total EV 5v4 5v3 4v5 3v5 1 3 5 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 6 5 4 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 8 4 7 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 Totals 19 15 14 11 4 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 This illustrates what I said in the introduction. The Canes got off to a horrible start and spent the rest of the game climbing out of the hole they dug themselves into. They actually had the game within reach in the second period, but two goals in the third by Tampa made the lead insurmountable.  Most of the chances the Hurricanes created in the third came with the less than five minutes remaining when score effects had already taken their toll, so the fact that they had a +4 chance differential in this game isn't as impressive as it may appear. Lightning goaltender Mathieu Garon definitely had to work late in the game to keep it 4-1 but it wouldn't have made much of a difference regarding the Canes having a chance to win. At least the penalty kill didn't totally stink. Carolina Individual Scoring Chances # Player EV PP SH 6 Tim Gleason 15:41 3 3 0:00 0 0 5:42 1 3 8 Kevin Westgarth 3:22 0 0 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0 11 Jordan Staal 12:48 6 2 4:12 4 0 3:30 0 2 12 Eric Staal 15:19 8 6 5:04 4 0 2:28 1 1 19 Jiri Tlusty 13:18 4 2 2:57 0 0 2:56 0 1 21 Drayson Bowman 13:34 6 6 0:05 0 0 0:00 0 0 23 Jeremy Welsh 5:46 0 0 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0 24 Bobby Sanguinetti 12:40 6 6 0:00 0 0 0:18 0 0 25 Joni Pitkanen 15:16 6 6 4:44 2 0 2:55 0 0 27 Justin Faulk 17:32 3 2 3:18 2 0 5:26 1 3 28 Alexander Semin 16:31 9 7 5:24 4 0 1:27 1 1 30 Cam Ward   14 11   4 0   1 4 36 Jussi Jokinen 9:54 0 4 2:58 0 0 2:37 0 0 37 Tim Brent 5:49 0 0 0:00 0 0 0:39 0 1 39 Patrick Dwyer 11:44 4 0 0:00 0 0 2:27 0 0 44 Jay Harrison 13:04 5 3 0:00 0 0 2:53 0 0 53 Jeff Skinner 10:36 3 4 5:24 4 0 0:20 0 0 59 Chad LaRose 9:22 1 4 3:06 0 0 0:50 0 0 77 Joe Corvo 12:25 5 3 2:58 0 0 0:00 0 0 Best EV Forwards: Patrick Dwyer & Jordan Staal +4 Worst EV Forward: Jussi Jokinen -4 Best EV Defenseman: Jay Harrison & Joe Corvo +2 Worst EV Defenseman: Bobby Sanguinetti & Joni Pitkanen EVEN  
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Victorino: I plan on playing every day for Red Sox in 2015

The Rams are still planning on drafting a quarterback

Howard willing to make 'ultimate sacrifice' to help Rockets

Pacquiao bought P. Diddy’s house for $12.5M, fight tickets

The Seahawks are already winning the NFL Draft

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Fiancée takes stand at Aaron Hernandez's murder trial

Thunder announce Kevin Durant to miss rest of season

Jeremy Maclin says he still believes in Chip Kelly

Mike Weber on Sabres fans cheering loss: 'A whole new low'

Michael Sam: 'I'm not the only gay person in the NFL'

More international NFL games could be on the horizon

Minnesota Timberwolves: Should they tank?

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

Twins to offer $19 Bloody Mary with pizza slice garnish

Ranking the NBA's hottest coaching seats

The beginning of the end for Notre Dame

An identity in flux: Harden and the collective consciousness

LeBron James makes Fortune’s list of 50 greatest world leaders

Five under-the-radar National League MVP candidates

Five bizarre NFL offseason moves that don't add up

Texas to Rick Barnes: Change your staff or you will be fired

First 'National Fantasy Football Convention' to star Tony Romo

Teams that don't deserve to win Connor McDavid Sweepstakes

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

James Harden and the collective consciousness

Hottest coaching seats in NBA

Under-the-radar NL MVP candidates

Notre Dame’s coach makes first Elite Eight

The last Expo standing

Five under-the-radar AL MVP candidates

Michigan sent recruit's GF a letter

MLB teams that could disappoint

25 years ago, the best Sweet 16 of all time was pure madness

The 2015 bad quarterback carousel

17 facts to know before the Sweet 16

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.