Honda Center - Anaheim, CA
Friday, October 18, 2019 - 10:00 PM
What happens when pigs and ducks square off? Well, probably not much... However, there is an important hockey game on the Honda Center ice Friday night between the Carolina Hurricanes (6-2-0) and the "Mighty" Ducks of Anaheim (5-2-0). Both teams are looking to keep their overall momentum going in the early stages of the 2019-20 campaign.
Carolina is coming off an ugly 5-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night. The Canes were beaten by the Kane('s) hat trick early on, and never really recovered. On the flip side, the Ducks were on the better end of a 5-2 game Wednesday night at Honda Center as they took care of the not-too-shabby Buffalo Sabres. The Canes will be looking for another rebound game in an effort to make the three-game West Coast swing a success.
Both clubs split last year's match-ups in each other's barn. Anaheim posted a 2-1 OT win in Raleigh on November 30, 2018. Carolina responded a short time later on December 7, 2018 in Anaheim with a 4-1 win.
For the Canes, its penalties...penalties...penalties!! They need to get this dubious stat under control. They accounted for two Sharks power-play goals (see Evander Kane hatty) and continue to be an overall albatross for the Canes in the young season.
This team has shown they can respond after a loss, and I expect nothing less this time. Winning on the road in adverse conditions against quality teams defines what you're made of. Rod will have the guys ready to go and I expect to hear a lot of "quacking" and "cracking" of the opponent.