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Hurricanes at Ducks preview

Anaheim tries to stay perfect at home; van Riemsdyk to make season debut for Carolina

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

HURRICANES (6-2-0) at DUCKS (5-2-0)

10 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-CR, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Anaheim Ducks will try to remain undefeated at home this season when they play the Carolina Hurricanes at Honda Center on Friday.

The Ducks are 3-0-0 at home for the first time since the 2014-15 season, when they won their first four at Honda Center.

The Hurricanes were 6-1-0, their best seven-game start since entering the NHL as the Hartford Whalers in 1979, before losing 5-2 at the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday in the second of their four-game road trip.

Carolina defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk is set to make his season debut after recovering from left-shoulder surgery May 2. The Hurricanes plan to use 11 forwards and seven defensemen.

 

Players to watch

Hurricanes forward Erik Haula has four points (three goals, one assist) in a four-game point streak.

Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg has six points (three goals, three assists) and is plus-9 in his past five games. He has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 14 games against the Hurricanes. 

 

They said it

"Sometimes it can be in your favor, to be honest with you. ... Whoever's not as gassed, you throw them out there. It's actually fun." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour on playing with 11 forwards. 

"We're going to be learning and building all season long. There's no doubt about it. ... Nothing changes for us based on our record. We're just going to keep pushing." -- Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf

 

Hurricanes projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Andrei Svechnikov -- Jordan Staal -- Brock McGinn

Ryan Dzingel -- Erik Haula -- Martin Necas

Warren Foegele -- Lucas Wallmark

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Joel Edmundson -- Brett Pesce

Jake Gardiner -- Haydn Fleury

Trevor van Riemsdyk

Petr Mrazek

James Reimer

Scratched: None

Injured: Jordan Martinook (core muscle surgery)

 

Ducks projected lineup

Max Comtois -- Sam Steel -- Ondrej Kase

Rickard Rakell -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Troy Terry

Max Jones -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Michael Del Zotto -- Cam Fowler

Jacob Larsson -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Nicolas Deslauriers, Devin Shore

Injured: Brendan Guhle (lower body)

 

Status report

The Hurricanes sent forward Brian Gibbons to Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Thursday, leaving them with 11 healthy forwards. 

 

Stat pack

Hamilton leads the Hurricanes and is tops among NHL defensemen with five goals. ... Carolina is 0-for-13 on the power play in its past four games. ... The Ducks are 1-for-18 on the power play this season. ... Anaheim has allowed 12 goals, the fewest through seven games in its history. 

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