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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Anaheim Ducks: Game Preview, Nedeljkovic Recalled

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The Hurricanes take on the streaking Anaheim Ducks tonight as they try to salvage anything from the West Coast road trip.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes play the final game of a forgettable Pacific Division road trip and try to escape Anaheim tonight with something to show for it.


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

  • Tonight marks the second and final game between the Ducks and Hurricanes this season. They met last Friday in PNC Arena in a game that the Hurricanes dominated but ultimately lost in overtime.
  • It’s been tough sledding since their last meeting as the Hurricanes have lost two straight in California.
  • ICYMI, Curtis McElhinney left practice early yesterday after suffering an undisclosed injury. Charlotte Checkers goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic was called up to fill in and back up Petr Mrazek tonight. Micheal Ferland (concussion) was placed on injured reserve retroactive to November 27 to open a roster spot. The release on Nedeljkovic’s callup is below.
  • Andrei Svechnikov was the only Hurricane to score a goal last Friday’s loss to the Ducks. Since then, the Canes have scored just one goal in two games.
  • ICYMI, Jordan Staal was diagnosed with a concussion yesterday as a result of a hit he suffered in Wednesday’s loss in San Jose.
  • In response to the Staal news, the Hurricanes called up Checkers forward Saku Maenalanen yesterday. Given he plays, he will become the fourth player to make their NHL debut this season on the Hurricanes roster. He has posted 11 points (4g, 7a) in 23 games this season in the AHL.

CANES RECALL NEDELJKOVIC FROM CHARLOTTE

Ferland placed on injured reserve

Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League and placed forward Micheal Ferland on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 27.

Nedeljkovic, 22, has appeared in 18 games with Charlotte this season, posting a 12-4-1 record with a 2.94 goals-against average and an .890 save percentage. The 6’0”, 189-pound netminder leads the AHL in wins (12) this season after finishing tied for first in the league in wins last season (31). Nedeljkovic has played 92 AHL games for the Checkers since 2016, registering a 51-30-5 record with six shutouts, a 2.85 goals-against average and an .894 save percentage. The Parma, Ohio, native made his NHL/Hurricanes debut on Jan. 17, 2017, stopping all 17 shots faced in a relief appearance at Columbus. He was drafted by Carolina in the second round, 37th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Ferland, 26, has scored a team-high 11 goals and added four assists in 24 games with the Hurricanes this season. The Swan River, Man., native has posted 104 points (53g, 51a) in 274 career NHL games with Carolina and Calgary. He was acquired from the Flames along with Dougie Hamilton and Adam Fox in exchange for Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm on June 23, 2018. Ferland was drafted by Calgary in the fifth round, 133rd overall, in the 2010 NHL Draft.