Anaheim Ducks (4-5 SU, 2-7 PL, 4-5-0 O/U) vs Carolina Hurricanes (4-5 SU, 5-4 PL, 5-4-0 O/U)
When: 5:05 PM EDT, Sunday, October 29, 2017
Where: PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina
The Pacific Division will square off with the Metro Division this evening as the Anaheim Ducks travel to PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina to tangle with the Carolina Hurricanes. The Ducks have a game on Saturday night against the Lightning so they will be playing on no rest, while the Hurricanes are off a 2-1 home loss to the Blues. Goalie Probables: The Ducks will be sending out Reto Berra and the Hurricanes will counter with Scott Darling.
Ducks Get Blasted By The Panthers
The Anaheim Ducks have a game against the Lightning on Saturday night, but prior to that game they took on the Florida Panthers and they were crushed in that game by a score of 8-3. This has not been a good start for the Ducks and they are now just 1-2 on the road for the year, after going just 17-24 away from home last year. John Gibson had a really rough outing in the loss to the Panthers as he allowed six goals on just 17 shot attempts before being replaced in the game by Reto Berra, who allowed two goals on just five shot attempts. It was a very bad night in the crease for Ducks. Gibson is now 4-4 with a 3.03 GAA and will be getting the start on Saturday, so in this one it will be Berra that gets the start in this one and he is 0-1 with a 3.07 GAA on the year, In his career, he has gone 13-22 with a 2.85 GAA on the road and 2-4 with a 4.08 GAA during the month of October, while against the Metro Division he has gone 3-11 with a 2.990 GAA, including 0-1 with a 5.57 GAA against the Hurricanes. Scoring in the loss to the Panthers was Kalle Kossila, which was his 1st career goal, Andrew Cogliano, which was his 3rd of the year and Logan Shaw, which was his 1st of the year.
The Ducks have been poor on offense so far this year as they come in ranked 16th in the league in scoring at 3.00 gpg, while also ranking 16th in shots taken (31.7 spg) and 30th in power play conversions, converting on 6.5% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been rather average as they come in ranked 20th goals allowed, giving up just 3.22 gpg, while also ranking 28th in shots allowed (34.8) and 11th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 15.9% of their chances.
Canes Fall To Blues Late
The Carolina Hurricanes are off to a bit of a slow start as they have won just four of their last nine games. They had a chance at a 5-4 start to their year but came up just a bit short in a 2-1 loss at home to St Louis at home on Friday. The game was tied at 1-1 as the teams headed to the 3rd period and then the Blues scored midway through the final frame and he held on for the 2-1 win. The offense has been an issue for the Canes this year and while they got off 27 shots in the game, all they could muster was a goal by Jeff Skinner, which was his team-leading 6th goal of the year. Second on the team in scoring is Teuvo Teravainen, while no one else has more than two goals so far. Cam Ward got the start in the game and he is now 1-1 with a 2.54 GAA on the year. He had a solid outing as he stopped 32 of the 34 shots that he faced. Scott Darling is expected to get the start in this one and he has gone 3-4 with a 2.70 GAA on the year, including 1-2 with a 2.88 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 20-12 with a 2.07 GAA in his home games and 8-7 with a 2.78 GAA during the month of October, while against the Pacific Division he has gone 10-5 with a 1.53 GAA, including 0-1 with a 1.04 GAA against the Ducks.
Carolina enters this game ranked 22nd in the league in scoring 2.67 gpg, while also ranking 10th in shots taken (33.2 spg) and 17th in power play conversions, converting on 15.6% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been a bit above average so far as they come in ranked 11th in goals allowed, giving up 2.89 gpg, while also ranking 9th in shots allowed (30.6 spg) and 18th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 20.0% of their chances.
- 2-5 in their last seven road games
- 2-7 in their last nine games playing on 0 days rest
- None Available
The Ducks are not playing well at the moment and they were just crushed in Florida, but the Canes have had their struggles at the start of the year so far. Anaheim will be playing this game on no rest and I feel that gives the Canes an edge. Scott Darling has not been great in his first year with the team, but he has gone 10-5 with a 1.53 GAA in his career against the Pacific Division. Both teams really need this game bad and I feel that a rest Carolina time will find a a way to grab a big win in this one against a tired Ducks team.