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Gameday: Hurricanes at Ducks

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
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This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s late-night tilt between the Carolina Hurricanes and Anaheim Ducks in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, photos and more as puck drop draws near.

A preview of tonight’s game is below, and we’ll be passing along updates as we receive them from the team.

Last updated: 3:15 p.m.



CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE
3:15 p.m.

It's the afternoon on the east coast, but it was still a morning skate for the Canes in Anaheim. Here's a look at the lines, courtesy Michelle McMahon.


It appears Chris Terry will draw back into the lineup and Riley Nash will sit out. Eddie Lack will get the start in net.



BACK-TO-BACK SET BEGINS IN ANAHEIM
6:00 a.m.

HURRICANES at DUCKS
Hurricanes at Ducks
HONDA CENTER | 10 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
TWEETMAIL NO. 89: POWER-PLAY GOALS & MORE
INFOGRAPHIC: DAL 6, CAR 5
VIDEOS
ROAD REPORT: DEC. 10
PART OF THE FAMILY: GERBE & HANIFIN
GAMEDAY LINKS
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
A jaunt out west continues for the Carolina Hurricanes, who begin a back-to-back set against Pacific Division opponents tonight with a match-up against the Anaheim Ducks.

Tonight marks the second and final meeting between the Hurricanes and Ducks this season. The two teams faced off in Raleigh nearly a month ago, with Anaheim claiming a 4-1 victory. Rookie defenseman Noah Hanifin got the Canes on the board with his first-career NHL goal.

The Hurricanes current four-game road trip began in Dallas on Tuesday night after the team scored a pair of wins over the weekend. The Stars had a 4-0 lead heading into the first intermission and a 5-1 advantage at the outset of the third period. In a matter of just 11 minutes, the Canes scored four goals to tie the game 5-5. Patrick Sharp scored a power-play goal with just 19 seconds remaining in regulation to lift his team to a 6-5 win.

Though it’s a results business and the Hurricanes did not get the result they were seeking, there were a number of positive aspects to rally around. First and foremost, the team displayed an incredible amount of heart and fight to erase a four-goal deficit in the third period. Secondly, Both Jaccob Slavin and Phil Di Giuseppe scored their first-career NHL goals. And, last but certainly not least, Justin Faulk continued his dominance on the power-play with his 10th and 11th goals on the man advantage, a new Hurricanes record. He’s just a goal shy of equaling the franchise record for power-play goals in a season by a defenseman, and Sheldon Souray’s NHL record of 19 goals on the power play seems well within reach.

The Ducks have won two straight games and three of their last four, and with 27 points (11-12-5), they sit in fifth place in the Pacific Division. Anaheim’s offense is the least potent in the league; they have just 67 goals for, an average of 1.93 per game.

Chris Terry and Michal Jordan were healthy scratches in Dallas. Cam Ward started in net but only lasted a period, surrendering four goals on eight shots. Eddie Lack played two periods in relief, stopping eight of 10 shots and taking the loss.

CANESPR NOTES: Riley Nash, who got back into the lineup in Dallas after being a healthy scratch in two games over the weekend, is a game shy of 200 career games. … Before Tuesday night, the last time the Hurricanes had two teammates each score their first-career goals in the same game was on Feb. 26, 2003 when Tomas Kurka and Mike Zigomanis both found the back of the net.



Michael Smith
MICHAEL SMITH is the Web Producer for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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