November 15, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry (10) and the Carolina Hurricanes goalie Justin Peters (35) watch the puck during the 2nd period at PNC Center. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in a shoot out. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #61 At Anaheim Ducks


A day after a tough loss to the Los Angeles Kings that included playoff implications, the Carolina Hurricanes (26-25-9) will continue their Western Conference swing against the Anaheim Ducks (42-14-5) at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

On Nov. 15 the Hurricanes beat the Ducks, 3-2, in a shootout. The two teams only other meeting.

Hurricanes’ Lineup:
Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Elias Lindholm
Jeff Skinner – Jordan Staal – Tuomo Ruutu
Nathan Gerbe- Manny Malhotra – Radek Dvorak
Drayson Bowman – Riley Nash – Patrick Dwyer
 
Andrej Sekera – Justin Faulk
Brett Bellemore – Ron Hainsey
Mike Komisarek – John-Michael Liles
 
Cam Ward/Anton Khuboin
Possible Scratches: Alexander Semin (Injured). Jay Harrison (Healthy). Justin Peters (Conditioning Stint).
 
Ducks’ Lineup
Dustin Penner – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Patrick Maroon – Mathieu Perrault – Teemu Selanne
Andrew Cogliano – Saku Koivu – Danniel Winnik
Matt Beleskey – Nick Bonino – Tim Jackman
 
Cam Fowler – Ben Lovejoy
Francois Beauchemin – Hampus Lindholm
Mark Fistric – Bryan Allen
 
Jonas Hiller/Frederik Andersen
Possible Scratches: Sheldon Souray and Viktor Fasth (Injured).

Hurricanes’ Outlook: If yesterday’s game against the Kings didn’t push the Canes out of playoff contention, this game could be the one. According to Sports Club Stats, the team has only a 5.5 percent chance of making it to the postseason.

However, the Canes did play a good game yesterday, especially the first line of Eric Staal, Jiri Tlusty and Elias Lindholm. The team can’t feel bad for itself. Even though playoffs are unlikely, the players have shown the success and determination they possess. Ending the season on a bad note would be bad for everybody.

Jay Harrison was scratched in favor of Mike Komisarek. Harrison could be a trade option, but coach Kirk Muller may go back to Harrison.

Alexander Semin missed yesterday’s game because of a lower-body injury, but did participate in warm-ups and may be ready for tonight’s game.

Anton Khudobin didn’t have a bad game, but Cam Ward could be back in net as Muller tries to get the team in a winning groove.

Ducks’ Lineup: While things have been tough lately for the Hurricanes, the exact opposite has been happening for the Ducks. They just beat the St. Louis Blues, 1-0, and are the favorites to win the President’s Trophy, for most points in a season.

Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry lead the offense with Nick Bonino and Teemu Selanne providing depth scoring. Francois Beauchemin and Cam Fowler head a diverse and talented defense, while the goaltending is solid deep into the AHL. Simply put, the Ducks are built to win.

Getzlaf leads the team with 67 points, Perry has 60 and 10 others have over 20.

A recap will be posted after the game.

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