It’s an interconference battle on the ice down in the Tar Heel State. The Anaheim Ducks are on the road as they make the cross-country trek to face the Carolina Hurricanes Friday night. Anaheim was in action on the road against Nashville Thursday night. The Ducks were dumped 4-1 on the road by the Blues Monday night in their previous game. Carolina was on the road in Columbus to face the Blue Jackets Thursday night. In their previous contest, the Hurricanes were blanked 2-0 by Washington on the road Monday night. The Ducks have taken eight of the last 10 meetings, including a 4-2 home win in the first matchup this season on October 18, 2019.
Anaheim Ducks Looking to Earn Road Win
Anaheim was in action on Thursday night in Nashville trying to get back on track as they entered that game with four straight losses and seven defeats in their last eight games. The Ducks entered Thursday night in the basement in the Pacific Division, 16 points behind the Flames for the final guaranteed playoff spot. They stood 18 points behind Arizona for the top spot in the Pacific Division. In the race for the second wild card, the Ducks stood 15 points behind the Jets. Anaheim is 30th
in goals for as they average 2.43 goals per game so far this season. The Ducks are currently 22nd
in the league in goals against as they give up 3.17 goals per game. Anaheim is tied for 29th
in power play success as they have converted 14.6 percent of their chances with the man advantage. The Ducks are 24th
in the league in penalty killing as they have successfully worked through 77.3 percent of their shorthanded situations this year. Anaheim has lit the lamp six times while shorthanded this season.
Against St. Louis on the road, the Ducks were unable to get a ton going offensively and that proved to be their undoing. In the opening period, Anaheim saw the shots even at five and skated off tied at one after 20 minutes of play. After giving up the opening goal of the game, Max Comtois
tied the game with his fifth of the year, unassisted, at 15:23 of the stanza. The second period saw the Ducks outshot by a 22-10 margin and outscored 2-0 to trail 3-1 after 40 minutes of play. In the final period, Anaheim was outshot 7-6 and outscored 1-0 to put the game out of reach. John Gibson
made 30 saves for the Ducks, who were outshot 34-21 in the contest. Ryan Miller likely gets the call here in the second game of a back to back situation.