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Preview: Hurricanes at Ducks

Canes end California trek in Anaheim

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

ANAHEIM - The Carolina Hurricanes' three-game journey through California concludes on Friday against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Hurricanes are 1-1-0 on the road trip thus far and 6-2-0 overall, the best eight-game start in franchise history.

Rebounding from San Jose

The Hurricanes will be looking to respond to just their second loss of the season, a 5-2 decision at the hands of the San Jose Sharks. The story of the game was told in a simple stat line: The Sharks went 2-for-4 on their power play, with Evander Kane netting a first period hat trick with two markers on the man advantage, while the Canes went 0-for-4.

"Specialty teams was off today," said Erik Haula, who scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season in the third period. "We took a couple offensive-zone penalties. They have a good power play, and they put the puck in the net. We got chances, and it just wasn't there. That's on me and the rest of the guys on the power play."

"Our special teams were terrible. Other than that, we were pretty fine," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "The power play was not good. They got a couple bounces there. It was weird. That was really the difference in the game."

Not Throwing Away His Shot

Through the first two weeks of the regular season, defenseman Dougie Hamilton leads the Hurricanes in scoring with nine points, and he has tallied five goals, which ranks first among all NHL defensemen. Hamilton finished second in blueline goals in 2018-19 (18) and tied the league lead for defensemen in 2017-18 (17).

PROJECTED LINEUP

No defenseman has scored more than Hamilton has since the beginning of the 2017-18 season (40).

Van Riemsdyk Set for Return

The Hurricanes assigned forward Brian Gibbons to Charlotte on Thursday, leaving the team with 11 healthy forwards and seven defensemen, a group that includes Trevor van Riemsdyk, who is working his way back from shoulder surgery. Van Riemsdyk is expected to return to the lineup, as the Canes rotate through seven defensemen for the first time this season.

The Opposition

The Ducks have started the season 5-2-0, and they most recently defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 5-2, in the first game of this three-game homestand. Jakob Silverberg is the team's leading scorer with six points (3g, 3a) in seven games.


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