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"Sloppy," "gritty," and "ugly" are a few choice words that have been used to describe Carolina's performance against the Los Angeles Kings last night. The end result was disappointing with the Canes losing in the shootout, but they managed to get a point thanks to a nice comeback effort in the third period and managed to hang tough with a team that is considered at a much higher level than them. That's the glass-half full point of view. Others might see this game as one that Carolina was lucky to earn a point in, as they were grossly outplayed for most of the contest and the score was only close because of Cam Ward and a fortuitous bounce that Jeff Skinner ended up cashing in on. A point is a point, though and Carolina being able to climb in the standings despite not playing their best game could benefit them later in the year. That said, the Kings exposed a lot of the Hurricanes flaws last night and could have had a much more decisive victory if it wasn't for a terrific showing by Ward. Fenwick Timeline from Extra Skater It was pretty much all Kings in this game at even strength. Carolina got some pressure in the first and third periods but Los Angeles had a decisive advantage over them in the territorial game. Los Angeles had made a habit of dominating the Western Conference through this method, so Carolina being outmatched wasn't that much of a surprise. The rate that they did get outplayed was a little concerning, though. Especially in the second period when the Canes forecheck was virtually non-existent at even strength. The Kings did take a lot of low percentage shots, but they were winning most of the battles for the puck and wore the Hurricanes down so much that they had no offense going at all, this is apparent when you look at the scoring chances.; Scoring Chances Period Total 5v5 PP 5v3 SH 3v5 4v4 1 5 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 5 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 8 5 6 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 OT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals 12 15 7 13 4 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 The Canes didn't get beaten that badly in the scoring chance department, but about half of their offense came during special teams play and they did next to nothing at even strength for the first forty minutes. This is due to the Kings taking over the game when it was at evens and outmatching Carolina in just about every area of the game. They might have been shooting from bad angles, but they were getting to rebounds, forcing the Canes to spend a lot of time in their own end and wear them out so much that they didn't have enough energy to create any offense. When the Canes did try to move the puck up ice, the Kings took away most of their space and forced the Canes to dump the puck into the zone, which predictably did not result in much offense. Carolina might have gotten a point last night, but game should not be pointed to as a guideline for future success. Carolina Individual Scoring Chances # Player 5v5 PP SH 4 Andrej Sekera 18:30 2 6 4:00 3 1 2:04 0 0 5 Mike Komisarek 13:53 2 2 0:13 0 0 0:08 0 0 8 Kevin Westgarth 6:38 0 2 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0 11 Jordan Staal  15:26 2 6 3:12 2 1 2:27 1 0 12 Eric Staal 17:15 3 4 5:27 1 1 0:50 0 1 14 Nathan Gerbe 15:13 2 7 3:27 2 1 0:58 0 0 16 Elias Lindholm 3:34 1 0 0:46 0 0 0:08 0 0 18 Radek Dvorak 12:29 3 1 2:38 0 1 1:09 0 1 19 Jiri Tlusty 15:30 2 3 4:13 1 1 0:00 0 0 21 Drayson Bowman 13:42 2 3 1:51 0 1 0:00 0 0 27 Justin Faulk 16:54 2 6 4:10 1 1 2:06 0 0 28 Alexander Semin 15:00 3 4 5:46 1 1 0:34 0 0 39 Patrick Dwyer 15:36 2 6 0:00 0 0 1:54 1 0 42 Brett Sutter 8:13 0 2 0:00 0 0 0:34 0 0 44 Jay Harrison 15:41 2 2 1:15 2 0 0:08 0 0 53 Jeff Skinner  11:25 2 1 3:10 4 0 0:00 0 0 65 Ron Hainsey 19:25 3 5 3:07 1 1 3:05 1 1 73 Brett Bellemore 17:13 2 5 0:00 0 0 3:03 1 1 30 Cam Ward   6 13   4 2   1 1 Best EV Forward: Radek Dvorak +2 Worst EV Forward: Nathan Gerbe -5 Best EV Defensemen: Mike Komisarek & Jay Harrison EVEN Worst EV Defensemen: Justin Faulk & Andrej Sekera -4 While I agree that Faulk & Sekera had a rough game at even strength, I actually thought Ron Hainsey was the Canes best player last night. He had to log some more minutes due to Faulk sustaining an injury and he did a terrific job at keeping the play in front of him. He also showed a lot more speed and creativity with the puck than I have ever seen from him before and looked like the solid two-way defenseman he was hyped as year's ago. Both Hainsey & his defense partner, Brett Bellemore, were the only Carolina players to not be outshot during five-on-five play. In a game where the Hurricanes were crushed at even strength, this says a lot about how well they played. Another player who I thought played great was Jeff Skinner, as he was able to get his first goal of the season and still produce with limited ice time. Muller's time on ice distribution has been kind of random throughout the year, but I was a little perplexed to see Bowman & Dvorak play more minutes than Skinner at even strength, especially when you consider that Skinner is producing now. The injury to Elias Lindholm obviously caused the Hurricanes to make some lineup adjustments, but Skinner really should have gotten more minutes with the first line being in a slump right now and the second line not having their best game. Kings Individual Scoring Chances # Player 5v5 PP SH 2 Matt Greene 13:23 1 3 0:00 0 0 4:38 1 4 8 Drew Doughty 19:14 4 3 4:10 0 0 3:17 1 0 10 Mike Richards 14:05 5 1 3:05 0 0 1:53 0 2 11 Anze Kopitar 16:00 5 4 3:48 0 1 4:13 1 2 13 Kyle Clifford 10:30 0 2 0:18 1 0 0:00 0 0 14 Justin Williams 14:43 6 4 1:42 1 1 1:16 0 0 17 Dan Carcillo 10:32 3 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0 21 Matt Frattin 10:58 1 2 1:03 1 0 0:00 0 0 22 Trevor Lewis 11:58 1 2 0:00 0 0 2:10 1 0 23 Dustin Brown 13:32 7 1 2:12 1 1 1:12 0 2 26 Slava Voynov 19:19 8 2 1:35 0 1 0:44 0 0 27 Alec Martinez 14:24 2 3 1:07 1 1 0:57 1 0 28 Jarrett Stoll 10:41 2 1 1:15 0 0 2:06 0 0 33 Willie Mitchell 18:22 7 2 0:35 0 0 4:28 0 4 44 Robyn Regehr 18:21 4 2 0:00 0 0 3:14 1 0 71 Jordan Nolan 9:54 1 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0 74 Dwight King 11:02 3 1 0:00 0 0 2:22 2 0 77 Jeff Carter  14:39 5 0 3:35 0 0 2:06 0 2 32 Jonathan Quick   13 7   1 1   2 4 Best EV Forward: Dustin Brown +6 Worst EV Forward: Kyle Clifford -2 Best EV Defenseman: Slava Voynov +6 Worst EV Defenseman: Matt Greene -2 The Kings top players led the way while their depth guys struggled a little bit. Dwight Kings scoring the opening goal contradicts this theory but it's pretty obvious which lines were producing the most chances for the Kings last night. Carolina especially had a lot of trouble containing LA's second line featuring the Dry Island Duo of Mike Richards & Jeff Carter, who produced a little under half of the Kings 5v5 chances. Slava Voynov also had a hell of a game on the blue-line. One positive to take away from this is that Carolian completely shut down Los Angeles' power play, which had carried them in a couple earlier games. Head-to-head at Five-on-Five Here, it looks like Eric Staal didn't do too bad of a job against Kopitar. While that is true, it wasn't his main matchup. Instead, he was matched up aginst Mike Richards while Jordan faced off against Kopitar and the Canes ended up on the wrong side of both matchups there. Faulk/Sekera also had trouble containing the Kings top forwards while the Canes third pairing got beaten by the Kings third line. Aside from a few favorable matchups, these are some ugly numbers all-around if you're a Canes fan. 5v5 Zone Entries Hurricanes Player # of entries Shots generated Carry-ins Shots generated Dump-ins Shots generated Failed Entries Sekera 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 Komisarek 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Westgarth 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 J. Staal 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 E. Staal 6 2 4 2 2 0 0 Gerbe 6 3 3 1 3 2 1 Lindholm 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 Dvorak 3 1 0 0 3 1 2 Tlusty 5 4 3 4 2 0 0 Bowman 3 0 1 0 2 0 2 Faulk 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Semin 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 Dwyer 6 3 0 0 6 3 1 Sutter 2 4 1 2 1 2 0 Harrison 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 Skinner 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 Hainsey 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 Bellemore 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 Team 42 19 16 10 26 9 5 I mentioned earlier that the Kings gave the Hurricanes no room in the neutral zonea nd forced them to dump the puck in a lot. Here are the results of that. The first line was able to gain some speed through center ice, but outside of that, it was one long game of dump-and-chase for the Hurricanes. The Canes had some success with this against the Flyers and the Red Wings, but the Kings were out-hustling them all night long. When Brett Sutter is the only player in the bottom-six with a successful carry-in, you know it's been a rough night. Kings Player # of entries Shots generated Carry-ins Shots generated Dump-ins Shots generated Failed Entries Greene 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 Doughty 3 2 0 0 3 2 0 Richards 4 4 0 0 4 4 0 Kopitar 6 5 6 5 0 0 1 Clifford 4 2 1 1 3 1 0 Williams 6 5 1 1 5 4 3 Carcillo 5 2 2 1 3 1 1 Frattin 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 Lewis 7 2 3 1 4 1 0 Brown 4 3 2 2 2 1 2 Voynov 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 Martinez 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 Stoll 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 Mitchell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Regehr 3 2 0 0 3 2 0 Nolan 3 3 2 2 1 1 0 King 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 Carter 5 2 1 2 4 0 1 Team 60 38 22 16 38 22 8 The Kings were able to generate quite a bit of offense off dump-ins. Not as much as when they carried the puck in, but they were stronger along the boards and were winning most of the battles to loose pucks, resulting in their top two lines getting more shots off after the team was forced to dump the puck in. This was the case for Justin Williams, Mike Richards, Slava Voynov and Drew Doughty, who had a combined one controlled zone entry but were the Kings leaders in territorial play despite that. When you have guys like them and Kopitar, Carter and Brown fighting for the puck, I guess dumping it in isn't so bad, especially when you're going up against a team playing their second game in as many nights. On that note, Kopitar was their only player who dominated the neutral zone and he had a pretty fantastic night in all regards. 5v5 Zone Exits Hurricanes # Player Pos. Touches Carry Pass Other Turnover Icing 4 Andrej Sekera D 17 1 4 1 3 0 5 Mike Komisarek D 15 0 1 0 2 0 8 Kevin Westgarth RW 2 0 0 0 0 0 11 Jordan Staal C 10 0 3 0 2 0 12 Eric Staal C 7 1 1 0 2 0 14 Nathan Gerbe LW 5 3 0 0 0 0 16 Elias Lindholm C 7 2 0 0 0 0 18 Radek Dvorak RW 9 0 1 0 1 1 19 Jiri Tlusty LW 8 1 0 0 1 0 21 Drayson Bowman RW 4 2 1 0 0 0 27 Justin Faulk D 18 0 1 1 1 2 28 Alexander Semin RW 9 2 3 0 1 0 39 Patrick Dwyer RW 9 1 3 0 0 0 42 Brett Sutter LW 5 0 1 0 1 0 44 Jay Harrison D 17 0 1 0 2 2 53 Jeff Skinner C 9 0 4 0 2 0 65 Ron Hainsey D 29 0 4 1 1 0 73 Brett Bellemore D 24 0 2 0 1 1 The first thought that comes to mind with these zone exit numbers is "ew." Aside from Sekera, the Hurricanes had a very hard time at leading breakouts and their third pairing was abysmal in this area. Harrison's play with the puck this year has been worse than it's ever beena dn pairing him with Komisarek didn't help matters at all. Faulk also had an uncharacteristically bad night and I think he injury limited him quite a bit. He returned to the game but he did not look like himself at all after going down early in the first period. Here's to hoping that it's just a minor ailment. Kings # Player Pos. Touches Carry Pass Other Turnover Icing 2 Matt Greene D 10 0 1 0 1 0 8 Drew Doughty D 21 2 3 0 1 0 10 Mike Richards C 6 2 1 0 1 1 11 Anze Kopitar C 9 1 1 0 2 0 13 Kyle Clifford L 2 0 1 0 0 0 14 Justin Williams R 11 1 4 0 2 0 17 Dan Carcillo L 4 0 0 0 1 1 21 Matt Frattin R 8 0 2 0 0 1 22 Trevor Lewis C 4 0 0 1 1 0 23 Dustin Brown R 8 1 3 0 1 0 26 Slava Voynov D 26 2 9 0 2 1 27 Alec Martinez D 15 1 1 0 1 0 28 Jarrett Stoll C 5 1 1 0 0 0 33 Willie Mitchell D 16 0 1 0 0 0 44 Robyn Regehr D 18 0 1 0 0 1 71 Jordan Nolan C 5 1 0 0 0 0 74 Dwight King L 11 2 0 0 2 1 77 Jeff Carter C 7 2 1 0 0 0 The Kings had a much easier time with breakotus and keepnig the puck away from Carolina's forecheckers while the puck was in their zone. They seemed to have one designated puck-mover on each defense pairing and two of them did a solid job at advancing the play. Voynov in particular was very impressive and Doughty also had a solid game.
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