Troy Bodie and Ryan Carter knew this day, this game, this opponent, was coming.
"I've had this date marked on my calendar," Bodie said.
Until last month, Bodie and Carter played for the Anaheim Ducks, and Carter was part of their Stanley Cup run in 2007. But that all changed when Bodie was put on waivers by Anaheim and claimed by the Canes, and Carter then was traded to Carolina.
Tonight, the Ducks will be the guys in the other sweaters trying to beat the Canes at the RBC Center. Friends and former teammates but ...
"But now it's all business," a smiling Bodie said after today's morning skate at the RecZone. "I had a good chat with a couple of them yesterday but now they're the enemy."