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Anaheim 4-9-1 in past 14 games; Carolina defenseman Hamilton out with broken left fibula

by Kurt Dusterberg / Independent Correspondent

DUCKS (18-24-5) at HURRICANES (27-18-2) 

7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-CR, PRIME, NHL.TV 


The Game 

The Carolina Hurricanes will be without injured all-star defenseman Dougie Hamilton when they host the Anaheim Ducks at PNC Arena on Friday. 

Hamilton broke his left fibula in a collision with Columbus Blue Jackets forward Kevin Stenlund with 17 seconds left in the second period during a 3-2 loss at Nationwide Arena on Thursday. There is no timetable for the return of Hamilton, tied for third on the Hurricanes in scoring with 40 points (14 goals, 26 assists) and is fourth among NHL defensemen. He was selected to play in the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game but will be replaced by teammate Jaccob Slavin.

Carolina, looking to avoid its third straight loss following a three-game winning streak, is 5-7-0 in its past 12 games.

The Ducks, who ended a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 win at the Nashville Predators on Thursday, are 4-9-1 in their past 14 games.

Anaheim defeated Carolina 4-2 at Honda Center on Oct. 18.


Players to watch

Ducks goalie Ryan Miller, who could start, is three wins shy of tying Mike Vernon (385) for 15th place on the NHL all-time list.

Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho has six points (two goals, four assists) in seven games against Anaheim.


They said it

"It's nice to win games. It's never fun to lose, so we get that win and remind ourselves that we can do that. We can play for 60 minutes and stay on the gas the whole way." -- Ducks defenseman Josh Manson after the win against Nashville on Thursday

"He's probably one of our best players this year, he's our All Star. Obviously, it shook everybody up when that happened. That's a lot of big minutes to find. Guys have got to step up." -- Hurricanes forward Jordan Martinook on injured defenseman Dougie Hamilton


Ducks projected lineup

Adam Henrique -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Rickard Rakell

Jakob Silfverberg -- Sam Steel -- Ondrej Kase

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Max Jones -- Chase De Leo -- Daniel Sprong

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Cam Fowler -- Erik Gudbranson

Jacob Larsson -- Korbinian Holzer

Ryan Miller

John Gibson

Scratched: Devin Shore, Michael Del Zotto

Injured: Nick Ritchie (knee)


Hurricanes projected lineup

Sebastian Aho -- Erik Haula -- Warren Foegele

Andrei Svechnikov -- Jordan Staal -- Teuvo Teravainen

Ryan Dzingel -- Lucas Wallmark -- Martin Necas

Nino Niederreiter -- Jordan Martinook -- Brock McGinn

Jaccob Slavin -- Joel Edmundson

Jake Gardiner -- Brett Pesce

Trevor van Riemsdyk -- Haydn Fleury

James Reimer

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Justin Williams

Injured: Dougie Hamilton (broken left fibula)


Status report 

Neither team held a morning skate. … The Ducks returned center Isac Lundestrom and forward Max Comtois to San Diego of the American Hockey League on Thursday. … The Hurricanes shuffled all four lines prior to their loss to Columbus. 


Stat pack 

Anaheim has won five straight games at PNC Arena. … Silfverberg has 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 15 games against Carolina. … Teravainen has seven points (three goals, four assists) in 11 games against Anaheim.

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