By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks(6-5-3) are right back at it tonight after playing the Columbus Blue Jackets yesterday. The Ducks take on the Carolina Hurricanes(3-5-4) at 4 PM PT.
The Ducks got off to a slow start against the Blue Jackets, going down 2-0 in the first period. The Ducks did rally as Rickard Rakell tipped a Cam Fowler point shot to bring Anaheim within one after the second period. In the third, Joseph Cramarossa stripped the puck from Sergei Bobrovsky behind the net and threw the puck in front. Nick Ritchie crashed the net and knocked the puck between Bobrovsky’s legs and in for the tying score. The game went to overtime and Anaheim would lose, but they were able to pick up one point after digging themselves a hole. Hampus Lindholm made his season debut recording no points with an on-ice rating of -1.
Tonight the Ducks will face the Carolina Hurricanes for the first time this season. With the back-to-back scenario, it is likely Jonathan Bernier will get the start in net. The Ducks need to come out and have a better first period in this contest. Carolina will be rested having not played last night and Anaheim doesn’t want to get down early. Consistency is key for Anaheim’s success in the future.
Anaheim Projected Lineup
Jonathan Bernier (Probable)
The Hurricanes are coming off two losses in a row to the New Jersey Devils. They lost Sunday 4-1 to the Devils and Tuesday 3-2 in a shootout. Carolina has lost two of their last four games in overtime and/or a shootout. They currently sit in last place in the Metropolitan Division.
Despite their record, the Hurricanes special teams play well. Their power play is 21.1% efficient, which is ninth in the league. Their penalty kill is 88.9% efficient, which is fifth best in the NHL. They have scored 30 goals this season, which is tied for 24th in the league. The key for Carolina is to play better 5-on-5 and try to finish a game in regulation. They have gone to overtime five times this season and only won once.
Carolina Projected Lineup (Dailyfaceoff.com)
Cam Ward (Probable)
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