Anaheim’s second extended road trip of the season begins tonight as the team finds itself in Raleigh, North Carolina for a matchup against the Hurricanes at PNC Arena. After a forgettable month of October, the Ducks strung together four consecutive victories to begin this month and have since gone on to earn points in six of the past seven games. Following tonight’s contest, the Ducks will fly immediately to Nashville, where they’ll take on the Predators tomorrow night. The four-game road trip continues on to Florida for games against the Panthers on Thursday and Lightning on Saturday.CAROLINA HURRICANES
6-9-2, 14 pointsSTANDINGS:
7th in the Metropolitan Division, 14th in the Eastern ConferenceHOME RECORD:
OT 2ALL-TIME RECORD VS. CAROLINA:
15-12-3 (6-7-2 at Carolina/Hartford)CAROLINA CONNECTIONSFrederik Andersen
– Drafted by Carolina in the seventh round (187th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft, but was unable to come to terms on a contract.Anton Khudobin
– Played two seasons with the Hurricanes (2013-15)MILESTONES VS. CAROLINACorey Perry
– Earned his 300th career NHL assist, Feb. 12, 2015 at CarolinaTHE 411:
Raleigh is the capital of the state of North Carolina as well as the second-most populous city in North Carolina, after Charlotte. Raleigh is known as the "City of Oaks" for its many oak trees, which line the streets in the heart of the city. It is also one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. The city of Raleigh is named after Sir Walter Raleigh, who established the lost Roanoke Colony in present-day Dare County.
PNC Arena opened in 1999 and is home to the Hurricanes and the North Carolina State University Wolfpack men's basketball team.Miles Traveled (Honda Center to PNC Arena): 2,529
10-3-3, 23 pointsSTANDINGS:
Tied-2nd in the Central Division, tied-2nd in the Western ConferenceHOME RECORD:
Won 1ALL-TIME RECORD VS. NASHVILLE:
26-20-7 (12-12-2 at Nashville)
– Drafted by Nashville in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft, played 54 games with the Predators (2008-10, 2015)
MILESTONES VS. NASHVILLE
– Earned his first career NHL point (assist), Oct. 9, 2010 at NashvilleShawn Horcoff
– Made his NHL debut and earned his first career NHL point (assist, with Edmonton), Dec. 6, 2000 vs. NashvillePatrick Maroon
– Earned his first career NHL goal (and point), Feb. 16, 2013 at NashvilleTHE 411:
Known as “Smashville” to Predators fans, Nashville is the capital of Tennessee. Also known as Music City, Nashville is home to several historic country music venues, such as the Grand Ole Opry House, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Belcourt Theatre, and Ryman Auditorium. The city also plays host to the Nashville Film Festival every April – a weeklong festival that features hundreds of independent films, and is considered one of the largest in the southern United States.
Bridgestone Arena is where the Predators call home, which first opened its doors in 1996. With a capacity of 17,113 for hockey, Bridgestone Arena will host the 2016 NHL All-Star Game in January.Miles Traveled (PNC Arena to Bridgestone Arena): 532FLORIDA PANTHERS
7-7-3, 17 pointsSTANDINGS:
Tied-4th in the Atlantic Division, tied-9th in the Eastern ConferenceHOME RECORD:
Won 1ALL-TIME RECORD VS. FLORIDA:
11-12-4 (5-5-3 at Florida)FLORIDA CONNECTIONS:
– Recorded his first NHL point and assist, Nov. 16, 2014 vs. FloridaMike Santorelli
– Played two-plus seasons with Florida (2010-2013)Jakob Silfverberg
– Recorded his first NHL goal and point (with Ottawa), Jan. 21, 2013 vs. Florida THE 411:
Sunrise is a city in central-western Broward County, Florida in the Miami metropolitan area. It was incorporated in 1961 by Norman Johnson – a developer whose World Famous Upside-Down House attracted buyers to what was then a remote area. It has been reported that the community was to be named Sunset Village – but this did not occur because of objections from residents who felt that "sunset" was too final. (Originally called "Sunset," the name did not sit well with the retirees whom developers wanted to attract, so a change was made to "Sunrise".) Originally known as Sunrise Golf Village, the city had a population of 4,300 and comprised just 1.75 square miles by 1967. Then, during the 1970s – as Broward County began to push west – the city experienced its first real growth. Thanks in large part to these shopping and entertainment destinations, Sunrise has become one of Florida’s top tourist draws.
The National Car Rental Center – now the BB&T Center – has been home to the Panthers since 1998.Miles Traveled (Bridgestone Arena to BB&T Center): 888TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
8-8-3, 19 pointsSTANDINGS:
3rd in the Atlantic Division, 8th in the Eastern ConferenceHOME RECORD:
OT 1ALL-TIME RECORD VS. TAMPA BAY:
15-12-1 (7-7-0 at Tampa Bay)TAMPA BAY CONNECTIONS:
– Scored his 200th career NHL goal, Feb. 8, 2015 vs. Tampa BayNate Thompson
– Played parts of five seasons with Tampa Bay (2009-2014)THE 411:
The city of Tampa is located on the west coast of Florida on Tampa Bay, near the Gulf of Mexico. Tampa Bay (often mistaken as the city) is actually a large natural harbor and estuary connected to the gulf on the west central coast of the state, comprising Hillsboro Bay, McKay Bay, Old Tampa Bay, Middle Tampa Bay, and Lower Tampa Bay. The surrounding area is home to about four million residents, making it a heavily used commercial and recreational waterway.
Tampa is part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The four-county area is composed of roughly 2.9 million residents, making it the second-largest metropolitan statistical area in the state, and the fourth-largest in the Southeastern United States, behind Miami, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. Tampa was ranked as the fifth best outdoor city by Forbes in 2008 and also ranks as the fifth-most popular American city, based on where people want to live, according to a 2009 Pew Research Center study.
Amalie Arena opened in 1996 and is also home to the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League. Originally known as the Ice Palace, in 2002 the building's naming rights were sold to the St. Petersburg Times, which became the Tampa Bay Times in 2012. The arena was known as the St. Petersburg Times Forum (or St. Pete Times Forum) from 2002 to 2012 and Tampa Bay Times Forum from 2012 to 2014. In September 2014, the stadium was renamed Amalie Arena when the naming rights were transferred to Amalie Oil.Miles Traveled (BB&T Center to Amalie Arena): 251