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Ducks Gameday—Carolina Candy Canes

Anaheim Ducks (28-5-6, 1st in west) at Carolina Hurricanes (20-15-4, 4th in east)

There’s plenty of storylines for tonight’s game:
  • the top team from this regular season vs. the defending Cup champs
  • injuries preventing an all-Conn-Smythe goaltender matchup (the Ducks’ Wall-McKee tandem has a combined 2 games of NHL experience)
  • The Ducks' first game this year without Francois Beauchemin (lacerated spleen)
  • ridiculous travel (Carolina played last night in Buffalo, while Anaheim somehow got Raleigh thrown in between stops in San Jose and St. Paul)
  • Rod Brind’Amour night in Raleigh commemorating his 1,000th NHL point
But I’m not even sure if tonight is a story about the Ducks as a squad, so much as it is a story about one particular Duck with understandably bitter memories of his last game played in Raleigh.

Look out, ‘Canes. It’s payback night.

Prediction: Ducks 4, Hurricanes 2. Goals by Pronger, Kunitz, Pahlsson, and Getzlaf.

p.s. Congrats to BoC all-star Mike Chen for his new work on FoxSports.