Anaheim Ducks (6-5-2) at Carolina Hurricanes (3-5-4)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 10, 2016, 7:00 PM (EST)|
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The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -102 / Anaheim Ducks -120 --- Over/Under:
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The Carolina Hurricanes look to dig their way out of their early season hole as they welcome the Anaheim Ducks to town on Thursday night.
The Ducks look to shake off a tough 3-2 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets last night as they head into Raleigh to complete their double header against a Canes side that hasn’t looked great to start the year and looks destined to finish with a top draft pick in July. The Ducks were expected to be a league power house again this season and while they had some early hiccups with contract disputes and a slow start on the ice they look like they are ready to bounce back and make a run at the Stanley Cup. They will likely send Jonathan Bernier to the crease here as John Gibson got the start last night and he will face off against Cam Ward who continues to man the crease for the Hurricanes after all these years.
The Hurricanes had a tough start to the season as they played the first chink of their schedule on the road and so far they haven’t been able to string some wins together and have dropped four games in overtime or a shootout this season. Carolina hasn’t had luck on their side in the early going but to be honest they don’t have a very deep team and will need someone to step up internally in a hurry if they’re going to challenge for a wild card spot in the Eastern Conference as they can’t rely on the production of Jeff Skinner on his own.
The Ducks are 1-5 in their last six against the Metro and 4-1 in their last five against a team with a losing record while the Canes are 1-4 in their last five home games and 2-5 in their last seven against the Western Conference. Anaheim is playing in a back to back and will likely have their backup in goal but I think they get the win as they are the better team and outmatch the Canes in a number of different spots.