Carolina Hurricanes (3-5-4) vs Anaheim Ducks (6-5-3)
November 10, 2016 - 7:00 PM
PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC
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|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|
|ES Corsi For %||55.0%||49.9%|
|Power Play % (Rank)||21.1% (9)||26.1% (4)|
|Penalty Kill % (Rank)||88.9% (5)||84.6% (10)|
|ES Save %||.899||.914|
|ES Save %||.827||.939|
*Stats from NHL.com
- 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.