Carolina Hurricanes Suffer Second Straight Loss to Ducks

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 18: Nino Niederreiter #21 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against Josh Manson #42 of the Anaheim Ducks during the game at Honda Center on October 18, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Robert Binder/NHLI via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 18: Nino Niederreiter #21 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against Josh Manson #42 of the Anaheim Ducks during the game at Honda Center on October 18, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Robert Binder/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – OCTOBER 18: Nino Niederreiter #21 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against Josh Manson #42 of the Anaheim Ducks during the game at Honda Center on October 18, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Robert Binder/NHLI via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – OCTOBER 18: Nino Niederreiter #21 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against Josh Manson #42 of the Anaheim Ducks during the game at Honda Center on October 18, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Robert Binder/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Despite a first NHL goal last night, The Carolina Hurricanes pack up and leave Anaheim injured, tired, and with more questions than answers.

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The Carolina Hurricanes took way too long to get their legs going in Anaheim on Friday night, and they played their least inspired hockey of the young season. The Ducks were led by their hottest scorers coming into the game; Adam Henrique, Rickard Rakell, and Jakob Silfverberg.

To put it bluntly, the Hurricanes were simply outclassed by the Ducks’ speed and transition game. The stretch pass was working wonders for Anaheim, and it set up numerous grade-A scoring chances. The Ducks’ superior neutral zone play set up their first tally as well as a shorthanded marker in the second period.

The Carolina Hurricanes didn’t wake up until about halfway through the game. There are still important notes to take from the third leg of the western road swing.