Carolina Hurricanes’ Close-Game Struggles Costing Valuable Points

November 23rd, 2014 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »

Nathan MacKinnon cut toward the net, Jarome Iginla sent a drop pass flying across the goal crease, and Zach Redmond buried a one-time wrist shot past Cam Ward.

One minute and 35 seconds later, the Colorado Avalanche held off the Carolina Hurricanes to secure the 4-3 comeback win, having outshot their visitors 16-8 in the third period to finish with a 35-27 advantage for the game.

For the 'Canes, Saturday night's heartbreaking loss in yet another tight game was a feeling all too well known early in this 2014-15 season.

Carolina has been the worst team in the NHL in games decided by one goal (excluding empty-netters), winning just three of 13 matches and earning just nine of 26 possible points in such situations.

They've also been the worst team in the league at winning games which, based on the statistics, they didn't deserve to win. The Hurricanes' 1-10 record when being outshot (a .091 winning percentage) is the NHL's worst by a mile; Colorado is second to last with a .231 winning percentage in such games. Montreal, by comparison, is 9-5 when outshot.

And the 'Canes inability to win th ...

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