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The Hurricanes will look to put a 2 game slide behind them as they face Anaheim tonight on Edwards Mill Road.

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Carolina Hurricanes (3-5-4) vs Anaheim Ducks (6-5-3)
November 10, 2016 - 7:00 PM
PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC
Fox Sports Carolinas | 99.9 FM The Fan, WRALSportsFan web and app
SB Nation Rival Blog - Anaheim Calling

Vital Statistics

Hurricanes Ducks
Record 3-5-4 6-5-3
Points 10 14
Division Rank 8th in Metro 2nd in Pacific
Conference Rank 16th in East 4th in West
Last 10 Games 2-5-3 6-2-2
Streak Lost 2 Lost 1
Goals/Game 2.50 2.64
Goals Against/Game 3.33 2.36
Shots/Game 29.2 28.9
Shots Against/Game 28.5 28.3
ES Corsi For % 55.0% 49.9%
Faceoff % 51.4% 58.6%
ES PDO 969 999
Power Play % (Rank) 21.1% (9) 26.1% (4)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 88.9% (5) 84.6% (10)
PIM/Game 7:42 15:00
Goaltender #1 Ward Gibson
Record 2-3-1 5-4-0
ES Save % .899 .914
GAA 2.94 2.43
Goaltender #2 Lack Bernier
Record 1-2-1 1-1-0
ES Save % .827 .939
GAA 3.80 2.03

*Stats from NHL.com


Game Notes

  • Tonight marks the first game of a long 5 game home stand. Last in the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference, the Hurricanes need to take advantage of this opportunity to make up ground lost to yet another slow start.
  • The Hurricanes are 1-2-2 in their last five games. The team needs a win after a disappointing home-and-home against the division rival New Jersey Devils.
  • Defensemen Klas Dahlbeck was afforded an opportunity to draw into the lineup in Tuesday's matchup against the Devils as a result of Justin Faulk's week to week injury. Dahlbeck made his presence felt as he earned his first goal in a Hurricanes jersey. Expect to see the Swede back in the lineup tonight.
  • The Hurricanes split the two game season series with Anaheim in 2015-16 with one win and one loss. Forward Jeff Skinner was red hot potting 3 goals in the second matchup of the season. The team's leading scorer will need to make an impact again tonight as the Hurricanes take on a tough Western Conference opponent.
  • Cam Ward made an impressive 39 saves in Tuesday night's shootout loss marking his second impressive start in a row. Perhaps the key to the Hurricanes' goaltending woes is to surrender more shots? Regardless, expect to see Ward between the pipes again tonight.
  • Faulk, Ryan Murphy, Phil Di Giuseppe and Joakim Nordstrom are sporting some facial hair for a great cause as Movember is well underway. Take a look at some of the mustaches in the Canes locker room.
  • The Hurricanes are ranked 5th in the league in penalty kill percentage at 88.9%. The unit will have to carry its momentum into tonight's matchup, as a dangerous Ducks power play ranks 4th with the extra man at 26.1%.
  • Tonight's game is the first of two straight games where the rested Hurricanes will welcome an opponent that played the night before. The Ducks dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the Blue Jackets last night courtesy of a Zach Werenski goal 1:21 into the extra session.
  • Rookie Sebastian Aho is still looking for his first NHL goal despite 24 recorded shots on goal.  The 19-year-old Finn has compiled 5 assists through 12 games so far this season.  Aho has been getting good looks and putting good shots on net, so it really is only a matter of time for him. Perhaps tonight will be the night?
  • Jordan Staal is sporting a humble 2 game point streak coming into tonight's matchup. His line with Nordstrom and Andrej Nestrasil on his wings drove Carolina's late season success in 2015-16, and was reunited over the past two games with fairly positive results. Staal will be a major factor tonight as the Hurricanes fight a big, physical Ducks team.