Secret of Their Success
During the Carolina Hurricanes’ current eight-game winning streak, the team has dominated at even strength, and has crushed its opponents in the third period.
Hurricanes’ Numbers, Own & Opponents, Last 8 Games
Wins 8 0
Goals 35 20
Even-Str. Goals 20 9
3rd-Period Goals 18 4
Faceoffs Won 251 200
Carolina has won 55.7 percent of its faceoffs in the eight games.
In each of the last four categories listed above, Carolina has been among the NHL’s best this season.
Hurricanes’ Numbers & NHL Ranks, 2005-06
Goal Diff. +20 (3rd)
Even-Str. Goal Diff +17 (2nd)
3rd-Period Goal Diff +16 (t-1st)
Faceoff Pct 54.9 (3rd)
How strange is it to see a Hurricane, Eric Staal, tied for third in the NHL in scoring? Since the franchise moved to Carolina for the 1997-98 season, only one Hurricane has finished in the NHL’s top 10 in points in a season, and only twice has a Carolina player even finished in the top 20.
Hurricanes in Top 20 in NHL in Scoring – Since 1997-98
Season Player (NHL Rank)
1999-00 Ron Francis, 73 points (t-17th)
2001-02 Ron Francis, 77 points (t-9th)
2005-06 Eric Staal, 27 points (t-3rd)