DUCKS (6-5-3) at HURRICANES (3-5-4)
7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, PRIME, NHL.TV
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
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)
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.
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).