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Preview: Ducks at Hurricanes

Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk still out with injury; Anaheim aims to rebound after OT loss

by Kurt Dusterberg / Correspondent

DUCKS (6-5-3) at HURRICANES (3-5-4)



Ducks team scope

The Anaheim Ducks, who didn't have a morning skate, will try to rebound from a 3-2 overtime loss at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday. Anaheim rallied from a 2-0 first-period deficit on goals by Rickard Rakell and Nick Ritchie to get a point. Defenseman Hampus Lindholm skated 18:33 in his season debut. He ended a holdout when he signed a six-year, $31.5 million contract on Oct. 27. "It felt all right out there," Lindholm said. "I managed my game decently, I think, and had one long shift there. I stayed out a little too long and got tired, but other than that it was a decent start." The Ducks will complete their fourth back-to-back set of the season. They are 1-1-1 in the second games.


Hurricanes team scope

Goaltender Cam Ward will start for the Carolina Hurricanes, who begin a five-game homestand after playing nine of their first 12 games on the road. Justin Faulk, who skated Thursday morning, will miss his second straight game after sustaining an upper-body injury against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday. Coach Bill Peters said the defenseman is "getting closer." Faulk's absence on the power play creates an opportunity for others on the blue line. "There's other guys who have played on the power play their whole life. They want to be back on it. We've got some guys who can step in there," Peters said. Klas Dahlbeck, who scored his first Hurricanes goal in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Devils on Tuesday, will be paired on defense with Jakub Nakladal for the second straight game.


Ducks projected lineup

Nick Ritchie -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Joseph Cramarossa -- Antoine Vermette -- Rickard Rakell

Ryan Garbutt -- Chris Wagner -- Jared Boll

Cam Fowler -- Josh Manson

Clayton Stoner -- Hampus Lindholm

Kevin Bieksa -- Sami Vatanen

John Gibson

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer , Michael Sgarbossa

Injured: Nate Thompson (Achilles), Simon Despres (concussion symptoms)


Hurricanes projected lineup

Jeff Skinner -- Victor Rask -- Elias Lindholm

Joakim Nordstrom -- Jordan Staal -- Andrej Nestrasil

Lee Stempniak -- Teuvo Teravainen -- Phillip Di Giuseppe

Viktor Stalberg -- Jay McClement -- Sebastian Aho

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce

Noah Hanifin -- Ron Hainsey

Klas Dahlbeck -- Jakub Nakladal

Cam WardEddie Lack

Scratched: Ryan Murphy, Bryan Bickell

Injured: Justin Faulk (upper body)


Status report

The Ducks called up Sgarbossa from San Diego of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. He was a scratch against Columbus. ... Bickell, who last played Oct. 30 against the Philadelphia Flyers, did not practice Wednesday or take part in the morning skate. Peters acknowledged that he was "getting looked at" but had no other update.


Who's hot

Rakell has four goals and seven points in five games. Kesler has four goals and seven points in the past seven games. Perry has five assists in the past three games. ... The Hurricanes have earned points in four of Ward's past five starts (2-1-2).

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