Much like the Washington game, the Canes could not do much against the Devils at even strength. They were outchanced 13-9 and only created one chance 5-on-5 in the third period and two overall. That's it. Considering they went into the third tied 2-2, it's pretty bad that they couldn't muster more than two chances. Carolina's offensive woes have dated back to the pre-season and if you're looking for an example of how much this team is struggling to create offense, I would point right to this game.
Luckily, the Devils had the same problem and a strong second period along with a decent showing from the first line of Eric Staal, Chad LaRose and Jeff Skinner kept Carolina in this game. That and a strong performance from the penalty kill which only allowed three shorthanded chances for the entire game.
We'll look at things more closely after the jump.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils Scoring Chances 10/10/11
|Period||Totals||EV||PP||5v3 PP||SH||5v3 SH|
Carolina's chances are in red, New Jersey's are in white.
Remember how awesome that powerplay was against Washington? They didn't really get things clicking in this game. Although, that's probably due to not having a anytime where they got to play 4-on-3. The Canes really took control of this game in the second period and were able to tie the score twice. This is partially due to the Devils coming out flat in the second period (although they scored on their only EV chance). Unfortunately, when they were given an opportunity to take the lead, they just couldn't do anything. It's something that really needs to be worked on. Generating only one chance at even strength for an entire period is pretty ugly.
Best EV Forwards: Jeff Skinner & Chad LaRose +2
Worst EV Forward: Anthony Stewart -5
Best EV Defenseman: Tim Gleason EVEN
Worst EV Defenseman: Jay Harrison -2
Staal, Ponikarovsky, LaRose and Skinner were the only forwards to come out on top at even strength. Maurice's decision to keep LaRose on the top line is paying off for now but they still aren't creating that much offense. I would still like to see Jokinen get a shot on that line but he turned in a pretty brutal performance on Monday which might have something to do with him playing with Anthony Stewart an Tuomo Ruutu (who really hasn't been good this season). Still, that second line was brutal and a big reason why Carolina struggled to create chances so much. Both Jokinen and Staal were involved in all three of the team's powerplay chances.
Gleason continues to have a pretty solid start to the year but no one on defense was particularly great in this game. The fact that Gleason's even performance was the best rating among all of them should indicate that. However, Harrison was the worst at -2 and he didn't play that bad had a solid showing on the penalty kill.
Pete DeBoer juggled his lines a bit so it's tough to figure out the exact matchups but Staal's line did pretty well against Patrik Elias' line when they played against them. It was Kovalchuk's line who did most of the damage against Carolina, though. Pitkanen, Faulk and the second line ended up getting the most of it. I think this is the last time we'll see those three paired together as they failed all of their matchups. Also take note of how Jokinen did slightly better than his linemates in some areas. It shows that he's definitely not the problem. Also, Skinner didn't lose any of his matchups either as he quietly had a solid game.
Chances in Chronological Order
|NJD||1||17:47||Tedenby stff attempt||13||15||30||36||44||51||1||8||21||23||24||28||5v5|
|NJD||1||16:01||Parise GOAL on tip-in||16||30||44||51||53||59||1||5||6||9||15||26||5v5|
|CAR||1||14:47||Skinner slap shot||12||25||30||36||51||53||1||8||11||24||28||5v4|
|NJD||1||8:50||Elias snap shot||5||6||16||23||30||39||1||15||17||24||26||28||5v5|
|CAR||2||11:04||Ponikarovsky GOAL on tip-in||5||6||16||23||30||39||1||5||6||12||14||22||5v5|
|NJD||2||10:24||Fayne GOAL on snapshot||12||25||28||30||53||59||1||7||12||16||17||29||5v5|
|CAR||2||3:34||Faulk wrist shot||15||23||25||28||30||1||9||24||26||28||4v4|
|NJD||2||1:17||Elias shot hits post||5||6||16||30||1||5||9||17||23||26||3v5|
|CAR||3||16:30||Staal missed shot||12||23||25||30||36||51||1||7||9||12||29||5v4|
|NJD||3||13:54||Kovalchuk GOAL on rebound||12||13||15||25||28||30||1||5||12||16||17||29||5v5|