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Carolina Hurricanes at Anaheim Ducks: Game Preview, Notes, Statistics, How to Watch

The Hurricanes face off against the Ducks in California on the first leg of yet another three game road trip.

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Carolina Hurricanes (10-10-5) at Anaheim Ducks (12-9-5)
Wednesday, December 6, 2016 - 10:30 PM
Fox Sports Carolinas, 99.9 The Fan, WRALSportFanApp
Rival SB Nation Blog - Anaheim Calling

Vital Statistics

Hurricanes Ducks
Record 10-10-5 12-9-5
Points 25 29
Division Rank 7 Metro 3 Pacific
Conference Rank 14 EC 5 WC
Last 10 Games 5-4-1 5-3-2
Streak Won 1 Won 1

Goals/Game 2.28 2.58
Goals Against/Game 2.52 2.54
Shots/Game 29.8 29.6
Shots Against/Game 27.4 29.0
ES Corsi For % 53.3% 49.3%
Faceoff % 51.9% 56.8%
ES PDO 97.9 100.0
Power Play % (Rank) 18.7% (12) 22.9% (4)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 91.3% (1) 80.9% (19)
PIM/Game 06:48 12:38

Goaltender #1 Ward Gibson
Record 8-7-4 8-7-0
ES Save % .924 .915
GAA 2.09 2.45

Goaltender #2 Leighton Bernier
Record 1-0-1 6-2-0
ES Save % .893 .930




Game Notes

  • This is the second matchup of the season between these two teams. The Ducks came to Raleigh on November 10 and took a 4-2 win. That loss was the last time the Canes lost a home game, incidentally.
  • Tonight's game comes almost a year to the day of the Canes' last visit to Anaheim, a 5-1 win on December 11 of last year powered by a Jeff Skinner hat trick. It was the Canes' first regulation win against the Ducks since 2010.
  • This will be the first leg of a back-to-back situation in the greater Los Angeles area. The Hurricanes will take on the Kings tomorrow night at the Staples Center.
  • Cam Ward has earned points in 10 of his past 14 starts between the pipes.  He has 2 shutouts and ranks first in the NHL in goals-against average for goalies who have played at least 5 games in that span. Ward's season long save percentage poked above .920 after a Sunday night overtime shutout of the Lightning in Raleigh.
  • Jordan Staal did not join the team on this trip and will be out at least another week. Staal has missed four games with a concussion and he will be sorely missed in a back-to-back featuring some of the league's biggest teams.
  • In more uplifting news, Elias Lindholm traveled with the team after missing two games with a lower body injury likely sustained in Boston last week. Lindholm, who turned 22 last week, practiced yesterday morning in a non-contact jersey.
  • Ryan Murphy was recalled from his conditioning stint in Charlotte on Monday and will meet the team in Anaheim, with the Checkers also on a California road trip. He played in seven games during his two week stay in the Queen City, with no goals and one assist in that time. Murphy has played in just 4 games with the big club this season, registering one assist and a -6 rating.
  • Matt Tennyson sat out yesterday's practice nursing a lower body injury, but Bill Peters was ambivalent about whether he would play tonight. Murphy or Klas Dahlbeck could draw back into the lineup if Tennyson is unable to go.
  • The Hurricanes and Ducks split the season series last year as both teams picked up regulation wins on the road.
  • The Canes have managed to score just 6 goals in their last 4 games. Impressive play in the crease and good defense has kept the Hurricanes in hockey games during a troubling scoring drought.
  • Check out some great Bill Peters sarcasm regarding the no call on a blatant trip to Phil Di Giuseppe in front of the net late in the third on Sunday (fast forward to the 7:22 mark).