Friday evening pucks and the Metro Division will duke it out with the Pacific Division as the Carolina Hurricanes rumble with the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The Canes enter this game off a 5-1 road loss to San Jose, while the Ducks are off a 4-2 home win over the Blackhawks. The Ducks won the first meeting by a score of 2-1 in OT.
The Hurricanes Can’t Find Their Offense
The Carolina Hurricanes are struggling at the moment, and a big reason has been their offense. Carolina enters this game off a 5-1 loss to the Sharks on the road, and they have now scored a total of two goals in their last three games and five goals in their last five games. That bad offense has wasted some solid play in the crease as they have allowed an average of just 2.13 gpg over their previous eight games. If they don’t find their offense, then it will continue to be a rough season for them. The Canes are currently 12-15 on the year and six points out of first in the Metro Division. Scoring their lone goal against the Sharks was Lucas Wallmark, which was his 2nd of the year.
Absorbing the loss against the Sharks was Curtis McElhinney, who allowed five goals on 23 shot attempts to fall to 7-4 with a 2.36 GAA and a .920 save percentage on the year, including 3-2 with a 2.78 GAA and a .904 save percentage on the road. In his career, he has gone 1-5 with a 3.17 GAA against the Ducks. The Hurricanes enter this game ranked 29th in the league in scoring, putting up 2.44 gpg and 8th in goals allowed at 2.78 gpg.
Ducks Are Seeking 6th Win In A Row
The Anaheim Ducks began their season at 5-2, before going 3-12 over their next 15 games. The Ducks are now back on track as they have won their last five games in a row and seven of their last eight. Can they keep it going? We shall see. In their last game, they topped the Blackhawks at home by a score of 4-2 to move to 15-15 on the year and just three points out of first in the Pacific Division. The offense is coming around as they have scored ten goals in their last two games, after putting up just 12 total goals in their previous five games. Brandon Montour (3rd), Daniel Sprong (1st), Ondrej Kase (4th) and Jakob Silfverberg (6th) all scored in the win.
Grabbing the win against the Blackhawks was John Gibson, who stopped 25 of the 27 shots that he faced to improve to 11-12 with a 2.56 GAA and a .926 save percentage on the year, including 7-5 with a 2.18 GAA and a .931 save percentage here at home. In his career, he has gone 4-1 with a 2.52 GAA against the Hurricanes. The Ducks enter this game ranked 30th in the league in scoring at 2,40 gpg and 7th in goals allowed, giving up 2.7 gpg.
- 11-2 in their last 13 vs. the Metropolitan
- 16-5 in their last 21 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
- 9-19 in their last 28 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game
- 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Anahei