Found December 01, 2011 on
Another month is in the books and this was a very, very forgetable one for the Carolina Hurricanes as they only won four games all November. They went 4-10-1(five of those losses coming by two goals if we exclude empty netters.), played one of their worst games in years and Paul Maurice ended up losing his job over it. I said that a coaching change was inevitable but what was wrong with this team wasn't his fault and the team was actually playing better hockey this month than they did in October.
Say what now? The Hurricanes won only 4 of 12 games and actually played better? It's true. In October, the Hurricanes were a horrible team when it came to creating and preventing shots and were dominated territorially for the most part. They ended the month with a terrible Corsi rate of 48.5% at even strength with the score tied, one of the worst in the Eastern Conference. They also owned only 46.1% of the scoring chances when playing 5-on-5. After November, their overall Fenwick rate has climbed up to 49.5% with the score tied and their overall scoring chance percentage is now at 49.3%. It's the "March Towards .500" and the Canes appear to be heading towards it in full force. In fact, if we separate their play for just the month of November alone, they had both corsi tied and scoring chance rates of above 50%. That shows some progress.
What you're probably wondering is if the Canes played so well in November then why the hell did they win only four games? For starters, the powerplay was awful, but I already covered that. They also fell on some bad luck when it came to the intangibles like goaltending and shooting percentages. Carolina was shooting the puck at only 6.7% at even strength in November, a number that's below the league average and is sure to improve down the line. Cam Ward and Brian Boucher (mostly the former) were also very poor this month as they had a combined EV save percentage of only .908, also below average and should improve as Ward is not this bad.
Some guys who were playing awful at the beginning of the year have begun to pick it up a bit (see Staal, Eric; Ruutu, Tuomo) and are only going to get better as the season goes on, so there is reason to believe that the Canes will eventually climb out of this hole and have a chance at climbing out of the Eastern Conference basement. The biggest issue right now is fixing the powerplay which has completely fallen apart since the Tampa Bay game on November first. That's the main thing I see holding the team back right now as they keep squandering away chances there.
The Hurricanes still aren't very good at all but they haven't been nearly as bad as their current point total indicates. Are we destined for a lottery pick? Maybe. A hole like this is hard to get out of but I do believe that we'll start winning more games on a consistent basis sometime this year. It's tough to accept, but there's a ton of luck involved with hockey and the ball hasn't been rolling in Carolina's favor in 2011.
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Raleigh, NC --- One of the reasons the Carolina Hurricanes made a coaching change earlier this week was to lighten the mood in the team's locker room by taking some pressure off of the players.
In addition, new coach Kirk Muller's message was for the team to have fun. But losing isn't fun. And even with Paul Maurice gone and Muller calling the shots, the results haven...
When Paul Maurice was fired from his post as the Carolina Hurricanes head coach on Tuesday, he could have left kicking and screaming. Instead, he packed up his things and left in possibly the classiest way possible. He left a note for his successor, nineteen-year NHL player Kirk Muller, in the Hurricanes locker room.
As Sportsgrid pointed out, it may have been a plea for Muller...
The NHL will take no disciplinary action against Canes defenseman Derek Joslin for his hit on Florida Panthers forward Kris Versteeg in Tuesday's game.
Versteeg was hit in the head by Joslin late in the first period of the Panthers' 3-1 victory and left the ice bloodied. No penalty was called.
A disciplinary hearing was set for Wednesday for Joslin to determine if Joslin...
The New York Rangers (13-5-3) visit the Carolina Hurricanes (8-14-4) at RBC Center tonight starting at 7:00 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports. Rangers Game Notes TV: MSG; Radio: ESPN Radio 1050AM, XM 92Probable Lines:Anisimov-Stepan-GaborikFedotenko-Richards-CallahanAvery-Dubinsky-PrustBoyle-Mitchell-HagelinMcDonagh-GirardiDel Zotto-SauerWoywitka...
The Carolina Hurricanes have claimed right wing Andreas Nodl on waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers.
The team also reassigned forward Brent Sutter to Charlotte of the AHL. The moves were announced prior to coach Kirk Mueller's debut with the Hurricanes on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old Nodl has one assist in 12 games with the Flyers this season. He is expected to provide depth to...
The Carolina Hurricanes have added former NHL head coach John MacLean to Kirk Muller's coaching staff, general manager Jim Rutherford announced today.
MacLean, 47, spent nine seasons as a coach in the New Jersey Devils organization, including seven years as an assistant coach. He was head coach of the Lowell Devils of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2009-10, leading the Devils’...
Kirk Muller is quickly getting a feel for how much work he has to do with the Carolina Hurricanes.
The New York Rangers topped the Canes 5-3 Thursday at the RBC Center. That was Muller's second loss since being named coach Monday, but the Canes are winless in their last five games and suffered their fouth straight regulation loss.
Muller kept the media out of the locker room...
This may have been Carolina's fourth straight loss but it was also a game where the Hurricanes were the better team. Florida was outchanced 17-13 for the entire game and virtually had no life in the first period but the Canes did not make them pay for it. Once again, some of the blame falls on the powerplay failing to create chances when they had plenty of opportunities (five...
When the time came for Guy Carbonneau to fill out his coaching staff in the summer of 2006, when he was named head coach in Montreal not long after the Hurricanes eliminated the Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs, he started with veteran Montreal assistant Doug Jarvis. That was an easy hire.
For his other assistant, he turned to a former NHL teammate whose only coaching...
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The Rangers will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at RBC Center (7:00 p.m.), to begin a two-game Southeast road tri...
RALEIGH, N.C. - Kirk Muller is quickly grasping how much work he has to do with the Carolina Hurricanes.
RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s C...
The Carolina Hurricanes claimed right wing Andreas Nodl on waivers from Philadelphia and reassigned forward Brett Sutter to their AHL affiliate in Charlotte.
TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rangers will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at RBC Center (7:00 p.m.), to begin a two-game Southeast road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and fourth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 13-5-3 (29 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Pittsburgh [...]
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Hurricanes claimed right wing Andreas Nodl on waivers from Philadelphia and reassigned forward Brett Sutter to their AHL affiliate in Charlotte.