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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Anaheim Ducks: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

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The Hurricanes look to wrap up their week on a positive note.

Jamie Kellner

The Carolina Hurricanes wrap up a four game week by taking on the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday afternoon at. Anaheim is fresh off an impressive 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. Sunday’s matchup will be both teams’ third game in four days.

The Ducks have a balanced offense with five players tied for first in scoring with the usual suspects Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf at the top of the score sheet. The Ducks come in a bit banged up, with team leaders Ryan Kesler and Cam Fowler on injured reserve. They will not play in Sunday’s matchup.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Bruins
Category Hurricanes Bruins
Record 8-6 11-5
Goals/Game 2.79 3.31
Goals Against/Game 2.71 2.06
Shots/Game 30.9 34.3
Faceoff % 49.1% 53.3%
Power Play % (Rank) 10.0% (14) 31.9% (1)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 70.8% (14) 85.7% (4)
ES Corsi For % 55.61% 51.66%
ES PDO 101.2% 101.0
PIM/Game 8:38 6:30

Goaltender #1

Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Record 5-5 11-5
Save % .894 .939
GAA 2.73 1.96

Goaltender #2

Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Record 3-1 0-0
Save % .943 N/A
GAA 1.70 N/A

Game Notes

  • Bill Peters said after yesterday’s practice that Scott Darling would get the call this afternoon, after Cam Ward turned in a great effort in a losing cause Friday against the Blues.
  • Teuvo Teravainen is skating this morning and will be a game-time decision. Janne Kuokkanen is the logical fill-in if Teravainen can’t go, but the Canes could also elect to put Kuokkanen in the lineup for the first time in nearly two weeks even if Teravainen does play, so stay tuned.
  • Today’s game will break a tie in the all-time series: each team has won 14 times in history, with six ties as well. The Canes were 0-1-1 against the Ducks last season.
  • Broadcasting notes: because of Panthers football on 99.9, today’s game will be broadcast on Buzz Sports Radio. Also, for out-of-town fans, the game today is the daily freebie on NHL.tv, so you can watch from anywhere.
  • Canes Country will also have coverage of the Charlotte Checkers game Sunday afternoon as they take on the Utica Comets at 1 p.m.

Storm Advisory

  • Alex Ovechkin paid it forward while in Edmonton. What a guy. [RMNB]
  • Tyler Dellow takes a look at if certain teams are chasing defensive matches. [The Athletic ($)]
  • The Ducks’ Andrew Cogliano draws some comparisons to the Canes own ironman, Rod Brind Amour. [North State Journal]
  • Ignoring for a second the relocation nonsense contained herein, this article has some additional context to the looming collapse of Chuck Greenberg’s purchase of the Canes. [The Hockey News]