Today’s Daily Cup of Joe offers a set of quick hitters on Hurricanes players who have been hot since the team started winning.
Justin Williams as captain clutch
Fourteen of Justin Williams 22 goals have come in the 34 games since the start of 2019 (basically when the Hurricanes started winning). More significantly, the vast majority of Williams’ tallies have been the kind that win points in the standings. Eleven of the 14 goals have either tied the game or put the Hurricanes ahead. In addition, six of those eleven swing goals have come in the third period. So if your eye test suggests that Justin Williams has scored a number of game-deciding type of goals, the math backs it up.
Brock McGinn also surging
Also in the hot category is Brock McGinn. Seven of his nine goals have come since January 1. In addition, he is a plus 14 since the start of 2019 after being minus 5 prior to that.
Petr Mrazek rising
Since the beginning of February, Petr Mrazek’s save percentage is .935. In that same time frame, his record is a scintillating 9-3.
Winning with Brett Pesce on the ice
After a very respectable plus 7 through December, Brett Pesce is a whopping plus 21 in the 34 games since the start of January. That makes for a goal differential with Brett Pesce on the ice of 0.62 goals per game. In a sport where games are regularly decided by one or two goals, that is a significant margin. What’s more, Pesce is doing this during a stretch where Brind’Amour increasingly has relied on him to match up against the other teams’ best.
Dougie Hamilton scoring
Hamilton has 10 of his 13 goals in the 34 games since January started. 22 of his 32 points have also come in the last 34 games since 2019 started. The 82-game pace is an impressive 26 goals and 56 points.
What say you Canes fans?
1) Which of these hot streaks is most impressive?
2) Which plays the biggest part in the Hurricanes winning run?
3) Who has other hot streaks that Canes fans should enjoy?