NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, October 19th (All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (2-1-1) at Anaheim Ducks (1-4-0), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - After ending a four-game losing streak to begin the 2008-09 season, the Anaheim Ducks hope to continue in the right direction when they host the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at the Honda Center.
The Ducks' 0-4-0 record gave the club its worst start to a season since dropping five straight to begin the 2003-04 campaign. Anaheim picked up its first win against visiting San Jose on Friday to avoid tying the franchise record for most losses to kick off a season.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned away all 38 shots he faced, as the Ducks blanked the Sharks, 4-0. Giguere now has 30 shutouts in his career for the Ducks.
Francois Beauchemin, Travis Moen, Chris Pronger and Samuel Pahlsson had a goal apiece, and Pronger's tally was the team's first power play score of the season.
The Sharks, who had won their opening four games, could not find the back of the net despite outshooting Anaheim 38-20.
Tonight's test marks the finale of a three-game homestand for the Ducks, who will play the first of four straight road tests Tuesday in Toronto. Anaheim was 28-9-4 as the hosts in 2007-08, but had a sub-par road record of 19-18-4.
The Hurricanes have lost two straight games since beginning their season with back-to-back victories, but Carolina was able to register a point in its most recent setback, an overtime defeat Friday in Los Angeles.
Michal Handzus scored twice, including the game-winner at 3:21 of overtime, guiding the Kings to the 4-3 win over the Hurricanes.
Matt Cullen, Ryan Bayda and Dan LaCouture had the goals for the Hurricanes, who began a season-long six-game road trip with their second consecutive defeat. Cam Ward made 20 saves.
The Hurricanes had a golden opportunity to win in overtime, but Eric Staal, on a 2-on-1 break, had a backhand attempt turned away by a sprawling LaBarbera.
The Kings then dug the puck out of their own end, and Carolina's Dennis Seidenberg tried to knock down the disc with his glove at center ice, but Alexander Frolov got in the way. Handzus then took the puck off Seidenberg's stick, skated to the slot before faking by a diving Ray Whitney, who went to block the shot. Handzus, instead, veered through the right circle before snapping a shot to beat Ward to the blocker side.
Carolina struggled on the road last season, going 19-20-2 as the visiting club.
The Hurricanes have won the last two meetings with the Ducks, but had dropped the previous four encounters.
10/19 10:33:57 ET