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Miller could make Anaheim debut; Darling to start for Carolina

by Kurt Dusterberg / Correspondent

DUCKS (5-4-1) at HURRICANES (4-4-1)



The Game

Ryan Miller could make his Anaheim Ducks debut when they try to complete a back-to-back road sweep against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Sunday.

Miller was activated from injured reserve on Saturday and dressed as John Gibson's backup for Anaheim's 4-1 win at the Tampa Bay Lightning. Miller has yet to play this season because of a wrist injury.

It's the finale of the Ducks' four-game road trip; Rickard Rakell scored twice in the win against the Lightning.

Video: ANA@TBL: Rakell buries one-timer for second goal

Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen, who missed the first nine games of the season recovering from shoulder surgery, received 17:12 of ice time in his season debut Saturday.

Scott Darling will start in goal for the Hurricanes, who have lost three of four, including a 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Friday. Jeff Skinner scored his team-leading sixth goal for Carolina.


Players to watch

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf had three assists Saturday. He has five points (one goal, four assists) in the past three games.

Skinner has six points (four goals, two assists) in the past five games.

Video: ANA@PHI: Getzlaf goes five-hole for his first goal


They said it

"We set the bar for ourselves now. We got to make sure we continue to show up like that." -- Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf to the Orange County Register after the win at Tampa Bay

"We've just got to make more plays and make the big plays when it matters. Teams that are managing the puck properly and getting specialty team production are winning." -- Hurricanes coach Bill Peters


Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Antoine Vermette -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Derek Grant -- Ondrej Kase

Chris Wagner -- Dennis Rasmussen -- Logan Shaw

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Francois Beauchemin -- Brandon Montour

Jaycob Megna -- Sami Vatanen

Ryan Miller

John Gibson

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Jared Boll

Injured: Kevin Bieksa (hand), Ryan Kesler (hip surgery), Patrick Eaves (illness), Cam Fowler (knee)


Hurricanes projected lineup

Sebastian Aho -- Jordan Staal -- Elias Lindholm

Brock McGinn -- Victor Rask -- Teuvo Teravainen

Jeff Skinner -- Derek Ryan -- Justin Williams

Joakim Nordstrom -- Marcus Kruger -- Josh Jooris

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce

Noah Hanifin -- Justin Faulk

Haydn Fleury -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Scott Darling

Cam Ward

Scratched: Klas Dahlbeck, Janne Kuokkanen

Injured: Lee Stempniak (back)


Status report

Ducks forward Kalle Kossila and defenseman Steven Oleksy were reassigned to San Diego of the American Hockey League on Saturday. ... Teravainen, who sustained an upper-body injury in the second period Friday and did not return, will be a game-time decision.


Stat pack

The Ducks have scored 19 goals in their past four games. Montour has scored three goals in the past four games. ... The Hurricanes have scored one goal in each of their past three home games. ... Carolina is the least-penalized team in the NHL (5.1 minutes per game). Anaheim is the most penalized (15.1 minutes per game).

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