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Hurricanes2.612.7719.17%
Eastern10th10th11th
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Cam Ward, # 30
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPW-L-OTSOSV%GAA
5624-20-62.9042.72
 
News
Ward set aside 33 of 36 shots for a 4-3 road win over the Panthers on Tuesday.

The long-tenured Hurricane surrendered two goals in the first period and one in the second before seeing allied forward Jeff Skinner bail him out with back-to-back tallies to finish off the Cats. This was win No. 24 on the season for Ward, which is the most he's had since posting 30 in the 2011-12 campaign. There's not much to get excited about in terms of his numbers -- a 2.71 GAA alongside a .904 save percentage and two shutouts -- but coach Bill Peters has a lot of faith in his top goaltender, and that generally helps him stay focused even when opponents get pucks by him early in games.

Lee Stempniak, # 21
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
72142236-132
 
News
Stempniak scored a pair of goals -- including the game winner -- in Thursday's 4-1 upending of the Canadiens.

He's been on a roll of late, racking up seven points in as many games, although all the others were assists -- Stempniak hadn't scored a goal since March 3. The veteran skated 16:48 in this one, his second-highest usage in the last 15 games, which is nice. Still, we know who Stempniak is at this point in his career: a quality third-line scorer whose shortcomings tend to be exposed when he receives more premier assignments.

Jordan Staal, # 11
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
65152742432
 
Jeff Skinner, # 53
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
69292453-626
 
News
Skinner posted an empty-net goal and an assist in Thursday's 4-1 win over Montreal.

He's found twine in four straight games now, scoring six goals in that span -- just the latest in what's been a solid season for Skinner, who's now exceeded last year's goal and assist totals with 29 and 24, respectively. The seventh overall pick in 2000, Skinner has long seemed destined for stardom, but he's never quite found it, in no small part because he plays for a typically poor Carolina team. He's certainly a productive player, but we're still waiting for Skinner to take that big leap forward.

Eddie Lack, # 31
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPW-L-OTSOSV%GAA
156-5-21.9012.60
 
News
Lack had himself a pleasant Thursday evening in Montreal, stopping 21 of 22 shots in a 4-1 victory.

Don't look now, but he's given up just seven goals in his last five starts, posting a .947 save percentage in that span. If Lack can keep it up when he gets the chance to start down the stretch, that'd be a great sign for Hurricanes management as they plan ahead for next year.

Justin Faulk, # 27
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
65141731-1328
 
Ryan Murphy, # 7
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
25022-118
 
Victor Rask, # 49
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
72162642-812
 
Teuvo Teravainen, # 86
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
71152338-414
 
News
Teravainen netted a power-play goal in Tuesday's 4-3 road win over the Panthers.

Teammate Jordan Staal sent the puck so hard against the boards that it bounced right into the path of an attacking Teravainen, who still had to bury it from that tough angle nearly parallel to the goal stripe. This is just the second campaign for the Finn as a full-time NHLer, but he's up to 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 70 games -- two more than he registered with the Blackhawks in eight more games last season. The best is yet to come.

Elias Lindholm, # 16
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
62103141-414
 
News
Lindholm scored his 10th goal of the year on a power play in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Canadiens.

While he's already set a new career high in points, it took Lindholm quite a while to break double-digit goals in 2016-17. He's always been more of a distributor than a sniper, of course, but if the young Swede continues developing with an eye on finishing effectively against NHL netminders, it wouldn't be surprising to see him increase his goal output in the long run. We haven't really seen 2013's No. 5 pick break out yet, which may be leaving some fantasy owners anxious, but Lindholm is still only 22 years old with a load of upside.

Brock McGinn, # 23
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
475914-86
 
Klas Dahlbeck, # 6
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
33123-722
 
Joakim Nordstrom, # 42
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
725510-1017
 
Patrick Brown, # 36
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
13000-60
 
Brett Pesce, # 22
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
72214161620
 
News
Pesce has 16 points in 71 games this season, matching his output from last year with 11 games left to play.

Although Pesce still has a chance to add to his modest totals this season, it's safe to say the Hurricanes are not counting on him to provide much by way of offense. Given that he is second on the team in blocked shots (129) and third in shorthanded ice time (2:08), the Canes have assigned Pesce more of a defensive role this season. He's clearly handled it with aplomb, as evidenced by his plus-14 rating. That said, all of this adds up to little more than modest fantasy value unless your league places a heavy premium on the aforementioned secondary stat categories.

Noah Hanifin, # 5
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
7132023-1822
 
Derek Ryan, # 33
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
57111324-918
 
Jaccob Slavin, # 74
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
72526312012
 
Sebastian Aho, # 20
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
72212344-124
 
News
Aho lit the lamp shorthanded in Tuesday's 4-3 road win over the Panthers.

Center Elias Lindholm pilfered the puck and then stormed down the ice to set up Aho for his 21st goal of the season; it was a terrific backhand pass and an even prettier juke by the savvy rookie to go five-hole on netminder Reto Berra. While Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner are understandably garnering plenty of attention for the work they've done to rebuild the Maple Leafs, fantasy owners should not lose track of Aho, as he's accumulated 43 points (21 goals, 22 assists) in 71 games as a rookie. He'll be a long-shot to earn the Calder Trophy but that doesn't take away from the impressive campaign he's having on a Hurricanes team that has struggled to stay above .500 this season.