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Ducks vs Hurricanes PREVIEW: On the Rebound

Hopefully the Ducks aren’t still sore from that bag skate...

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Carolina Hurricanes James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Game #27

Edmonton Oilers @ Anaheim Ducks

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 7:30 PM PST

Honda Center


Radio: AM 830,

Your Enemy: Canes Country

How many more blowout games before Randy runs out of things to say to this team? Sunday’s loss was ugly, yes, but this team has seemed to rebound after bad games this season.

The Ducks face-off against a weak Carolina team that just got a little weaker. Word is that Jordan Staal will not travel with the team on their west coast road trip due to concussion like symptoms. Staal has been a key player in what little success the Canes have found this year hogging the puck hovering right above 60%CF. Despite their weaknesses, the Canes are hot right now. Having won 6 straight at home, they look to replicate that success during their trip up the west coast. During those 6 games, Cam Ward has been phenomenal, posting a .970 save percentage and averaging less than a goal a game. While the goaltending has been hot, the scoring hasn’t been the best on the road. The Canes have managed only 7 goals in their last 5 road games.

After missing Sunday’s circus with an upper body injury, Rakell practiced with the team for the first time yesterday. His status is still questionable for tonights matchup, but we should know the closer it gets to game time. John “stuck in the john” Gibson was also back at practice after missing Sunday’s explosive event with a lower bowel injury. He was unable to relieve Bernier, as I’m sure he was too busy relieving himself. Both teams needs a win tonight. The Canes look towards a strong start on the road while the Ducks look to erase the demons of past games. Last time these teams met, the Ducks held off a late push by the Canes to win 4-2 in a much closer game than the score indicated. Silfverberg and Kesler each netted two goals a piece in these teams last meeting, so look for them to be a factor again tonight. The Ducks will need to contain Jeff Skinner, who leads the team in goals and assists, as he will most likely be asked to shoulder a larger offensive load in the absence of Jordan Staal.