The Western Conference Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to the Honda Center this Tuesday. Carolina has struggled this season but has shown signs of revival, going 5-3-2 in there last 10 games. With an overall record of 17-26-6, the Hurricanes find themselves sitting in last of the Metropolitan Division. Anaheim shows no signs of slowing down, boasting a record of 32-12-6, and winning 7 out of their 10 most recent games. Anaheim has used their home ice advantage well this season, with a record of 118-6-3 at the Honda Center. Carolina’s tussle this season is paralleled in their away record, as the Canes have gone 6-17-3 away from home.
The storyline heading into Tuesday’s faceoff is the recent hot-streaks of Anaheim’s Patrick Maroon. Maroon, the 26-year-old left wing, has been riding his most successful point streak of his career tallying 4 goals and 4 assists over the course of the past 6 games. Maroon’s recent play has been an added bonus, as all-stars Ryan Getzalf and Corey Perry are both in the mist of another successful campaign. The duo has combined for a whopping total of 34 goals and 48 assists, with no sign of slowing down.
The Canes will call upon backup goaltender Anton Khudobin in net, making his first ever start again Anaheim. The 28-year-old Kazakhstanian has appeared in 18 games, mustering a record of 6-8-2. With a goal against average of 2.41, he will hinge largely on defensemen Justin Faulk for protection. Carolina’s one strong point this season, the penalty kill, will be a large factor. They are ranking 2nd overall in the NHL at 87.5%.
The first of two meeting this season will be the only match-up for Anaheim fans to see the Hurricanes at home. In the height of another season destined for a high seeded journey into the playoff, tickets for this matchup are favorably priced. According to Barry’s, Anaheim Ducks tickets vs. the Hurricanes are currently available for purchase on the secondary market at an average of $84.69. Lower priced tickets for this game can be found as well, with the get-in price of this game currently sitting at $9.00.
Squaring off against Khudobin in goal, the Ducks will start Vezina Trophy hopeful Fredrick Anderson. Anderson has established himself as the clear starter for Anaheim. In 41 games this season, Anderson has put together a record of 27-7-5, allowing an average of only 2.27 goals per game. This is not the goalie any team will want to face, especially the Hurricanes who average only 2.1 goals per game, ranking 29th in the NHL.
This Tuesday night faceoff at the Honda Center looks to be in the Ducks favor. For all fans of Carolina and Anaheim this is a must-see, as the price of tickets will be worth the admission.