Canes Looking to Keep it Simple vs. Ducks
While Sergei Samsonov’s winner in
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The way the Canes see it, a goal is a goal, and they’ll be happy to keep getting them that way in the future, including in tonight’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.
“You go to the net and usually that’s when good things happen,” said Ryan Bayda. “It’s a simple game and it’s an easy game for us to play. It’s almost brain-dead hockey. Get it to the net, go in there and bang and see what you can come up with.”
“That’s the way it works for everybody in the league right now,” said coach Peter Laviolette. “There’s some pretty ones that are scored, but there’s more ugly ones that are scored. The way defenses play defense now, there’s a lot of people in front of the net. Any puck at the net is a good puck because it creates a little bit of chaos.”
With that mentality, look for the Hurricanes to throw whatever they can at
Former Hurricane Bret Hedican makes his return to the
“He’d been in the organization for quite a while and played a lot of games with a couple of cup runs,” said Laviolette of Hedican, who played 417 total games with
There’s no question that this is a different Ducks team than the one the Hurricanes saw on October 19. The Ducks were just
With Dennis Seidenberg and Tim Gleason expected to be out tonight, it will be interesting to see how Laviolette spreads the minutes around his blueline. Seidenberg leads the team with an average of 24 minutes per game, while Gleason is third with . Anton Babchuk and Josef Melichar are both in, while Frank Kaberle logged just over 19 minutes in his return to action on Friday.