Carolina Hurricanes (26-24-9) at Anaheim Ducks (42-14-5)
|Date & Time||Sunday March 2, 2014, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -205 / Carolina Hurricanes +186 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Hurricanes look to avenge a 3-1 loss in Los Angeles yesterday as they continue their California road trip in Anaheim on Sunday.
Carolina is in the midst of a four game losing streak that has their potential to make the postseason slipping with each passing day and with the trade deadline just around the corner GM Jim Rutherford has to decide if he will be buying or selling. The Canes were expected by many to be one of the bounce back teams of the year after they massively underachieved last season but they have disappointed once again and may have to go into a full rebuild if they can’t right the ship in the next two or three games. Cam Ward has been with the team since his rookie season in 2006 where he led the Canes to a Stanley Cup but he is rumored to be on the way out for the right suitor if the Canes can get a nice package in return – one similar to the deal the Sabres got for Ryan Miller. Things don’t get any easier for them today as they take on a Ducks team leading the league in points and who are coming off a huge win against the St. Louis Blues.
The Ducks meanwhile are in the driver’s seat to claim the President’s Trophy with the top overall record in the league but it isn’t a certainty as the Hawks and Blues are hot on their heels and even the Sharks are within striking distance in the Pacific division standings. Anaheim is a very well built team as two of the game’s best in Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry skate on the same line but they have a ton of guys who contribute offensively and have a solid goaltender in Jonas Hiller. I wouldn’t be surprised though to see the Ducks go after a top six forward or a top four blue liner as they have some great young prospects and three legitimate goaltenders that could be used as a building block for a team like the Edmonton Oilers or Calgary Flames. The line in this game is ludicrous as these teams are heading in opposite directions so I am staying well away from it in terms of picking a side but I think we see a physical, tight checking game and as such I think the total stays under the number.