Carolina Hurricanes: 3 keys to beating red hot Ducks

TAMPA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 01: Derek Stepan #18 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates a goal during a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on October 01, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 01: Derek Stepan #18 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates a goal during a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on October 01, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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SUNRISE, FL – NOVEMBER 6: Goaltender Frederik Andersen #31 of the Carolina Hurricanes looks up ice during first-period action against the Florida Panthers at the FLA Live Arena on November 6, 2021, in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
SUNRISE, FL – NOVEMBER 6: Goaltender Frederik Andersen #31 of the Carolina Hurricanes looks up ice during first-period action against the Florida Panthers at the FLA Live Arena on November 6, 2021, in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) /

Frederik Andersen returns to the crease

When the Carolina Hurricanes suffered their most recent loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, it was placed on the record of Carolina’s Danish netminder. This will be his first time back in the blue paint since that game, but we will indeed see Carolina go back to Frederik Andersen tonight in Orange County. Tonight, they turn back to their Great Dane.

With Freddie manning the crease, Carolina has an incredible record this season, with the netminder being 9-2 on the year, with a .938 save percentage and a 1.77 goals-against average. With the great numbers this goaltender is putting up, we know that the Carolina Hurricanes feel confident playing in front of this player.

Andersen was originally drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes, and the circle that got him back to Carolina via Toronto is well known, but Andersen went back into the draft and then was selected by the Anaheim Ducks. He is facing off against his former organization in this game with a point to prove, and if he can be the dominant goalie, prove the organization wrong for trading him.

Andersen has become one of the strengths of this Carolina team, and with some elite goaltending, Andersen is quickly starting to prove all of his doubters wrong from his struggles at the end of his tenure with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He’s playing like a goaltender driven to prove everyone who doubted his capabilities after playing hurt for the Toronto Maple Leafs.