Carolina Hurricanes: Every takeaway before Christmas

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Fans dressed as Santa Claus attend the game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 23, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Fans dressed as Santa Claus attend the game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 23, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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RALEIGH, NC – DECEMBER 23: Members of the Carolina Hurricanes surround Cam Ward #30 following their 4-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres during an NHL game on December 23, 2017 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC – DECEMBER 23: Members of the Carolina Hurricanes surround Cam Ward #30 following their 4-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres during an NHL game on December 23, 2017 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Positive Points Continued

With impressive play on either end of the ice, Hanifin has proved that he should be considered as one of the best defensemen in the league. He will completely shut down an offensive rush, and then will immediately make a great play on the other end of the ice.

It has been a thing of beauty to watch Hanifin fix up the holes in his game, and develop into the spectacular defender he already is. Hanifin is undoubtedly the best player on the team.

Other players who have can be considered positives so far, include Jeff Skinner, Brock McGinn, Trevor van Riemsdyk Justin Williams(ish) and Phillip Di Gieuseppe.

Lastly, the Hurricanes have played an effective brand of hockey. If you want the best reason to be confident in the Canes, listen to this: The Hurricanes have the best possession numbers in the NHL.

With a corsi percentage of 54, the Hurricanes lead the NHL. When a team is #1 in corsi, but not in a playoff spot, it suggests that they are extremely unlucky. Additionally, the Hurricanes are third worst in the league, in PDO.

This statistic determines how lucky or unlucky your team is. By adding up your team’s even strength shooting percentage and save percentage, you will get the PDO. Over a season, this will generally trend around 100. The Hurricanes have a PDO of 97.5. This is likely unsustainable, and the NHL’s natural parity is soon to set in. Statistically, we can expect a rebound of some sort, and the Hurricanes should have a higher PDO (and thus a better record) for the next half of the season.