A four-game road trip ends this afternoon as the Ducks (5-4-1, 11 points) take on the Carolina Hurricanes (4-4-1, 9 points) at PNC Arena. (2 p.m. PT, TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: AM 830). This is the tail end of the club's first set of back-to-backs this season, which opened with a 4-1 victory over the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning last night. The Ducks enter today's game winners of three of their past four games overall and have earned victories in two of their first three on this four-game road trip.
This marks the lone regular-season contest in Raleigh for the Ducks, who have found tremendous success against the Hurricanes as of late. Anaheim enters the contest with an 8-1-1 record in its past 10 games against the Hurricanes, including two in a row. All time, the Ducks are 18-13-3 against the Hurricanes, including three in a row (a franchise first) - and 7-2-1 in the past 10 - at PNC Arena. These clubs will conclude the two-game season series on Monday, December 11 at Honda Center. Veteran right wing Corey Perry paces the Ducks in scoring against the Hurricanes with 16 points (8g/8a) in 15 career games.
Today could mark the Ducks debut for veteran goaltender Ryan Miller, who served as John Gibson's backup yesterday. The two-time U.S. Olympian and 2010 Vezina Trophy winner ranks 19th all-time and third among U.S.-born goaltenders with 358 career NHL victories. In 709 career games, Miller has posted a 358-262-73 record with 39 shutouts, a 2.61 goals-against average and .915 save percentage. Since his NHL debut in 2002-03, Miller ranks fifth among NHL goaltenders in wins, second in saves (19,450) and third in appearances.
The Hurricanes enter tonight's game having lost three of their past four, including a 2-1 loss at home against the St. Louis Blues on Friday. At 4-4-1, Carolina has a chance to finish the opening month of the season with a record above .500 (if they win) for the first time since 2008 when they went 5-2-2. Six of Carolina's first nine games have been decided by one goal, so, win or lose, you can expect the Hurricanes to stay close in this one tonight. Furthermore, the Canes have not allowed a power-play goal to Anaheim in their last five games dating to Feb. 12, 2015. Veteran forward Justin William leads the Hurricanes in career scoring against the Ducks with 26 points (11g/15a) in 39 games.
Carolina could be without the services of talented forward Teuvo Teravainen, who suffered an upper-body injury in the second period of Friday's game against the Blues. Teravainen ranks third on the team in scoring with five points (3g/2a) through nine games, but is considered a game-time decision, according to CarolinaHurricanes.com. If he can't play, 19-year-old forward Janne Kuokkanen will draw into the lineup. Expected starter Scott Darling has been stellar against the Pacific Division in his career, bringing a 10-1-4 record with one shutout, a 1.53 goals-against average and .948 save percentage into tonight's game.
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