Anaheim Ducks @ Carolina Hurricanes
Thursday, November 9th, 2016 4:00 PM PST
TV: FS Prime
Radio: AM 830, AnaheimDucks.com
Your Enemy: Canes Country
Hey, everyone still yelling about the Hurricanes moving to powerhouse Canadian cities like Quebec City, Thunder Bay, or Wood Buffalo: you more than likely only have another couple of years or so before this young team starts winning on a regular basis.
While the Hurricanes are currently sitting at the bottom of the Metropolitan division, they have a multitude of talented young players that have the potential to catch the Ducks off guard. Led by youngsters Jeff Skinner, Justin Faulk, and 2016 draftee Sebastian Aho, the Canes are a speedy team that are easy to underestimate; the kind of team that is prone to give the Ducks fits no matter their record.
The Ducks are coming off another OT loss to Columbus last night on the second game of an east coast back-to-back. Aside from an awful opening 10 minutes reminiscent of their 4-0 blowout at Honda Center two weeks ago, the Ducks controlled play for most of the game. Anaheim will be looking to shut down the talented young leaders on the Hurricanes in order to grab their first win of this 3 game road trip.
The team got a massive boost on the blueline to help contain opposing team’s forwards with the return of Hampus Lindholm. Hampus didn’t look like he missed a beat in his return against Columbus, but expect him to only get better and more effective as he settles in with the team and adapts to his new head coach’s style and system.
Keep your eye on Rickard Rakell in this game as well (like I needed to tell you that). Rakell is off to an absolutely furious start to his season with 7 points (4g, 3a) in his first 5 games back. Look for the young Swede to continue to be a scoring threat on his current roll, especially if he continues to get time on the left side with Getzlaf and Perry.