NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 4th (All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes(17-24-10-2)at MightyDucks of Anaheim(25-16-6-1),10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of struggling teams meet tonight, as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to the Pond.
These teams each made surprising runs to the Stanley Cup Finals over the past two seasons, but neither have been able to regain that postseason form. The Hurricanes lost the 2002 finals to Detroit, while Anaheim was bounced out in last year's ultimate round by New Jersey.
Carolina missed the playoffs last season and is 13 points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference this year. Likewise, the Ducks are in last place in the Pacific Division and are also 13 points from the Western Conference's final playoff berth.
The Mighty Ducks' latest setback came in a 2-1 overtime loss in Edmonton on Monday night. Jarret Stoll scored 36 seconds into the extra session to lift the Oilers at Rexall Place.
Joffrey Lupul scored and Martin Gerber stopped 26 shots for the Mighty Ducks, who suffered their second straight loss overall and their 10th straight in Edmonton. Chris Armstrong and Vaclav Prospal posted assists for the Ducks, who have lost five of their last six games.
The Hurricanes, meanwhile, were dealt a 3-1 loss by the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. David Aebischer made 36 saves and Milan Hejduk, Steve Konowalchuk and Steve Moore all scored to lift the Avs at the Pepsi Center.
Pavel Brendl had the lone goal for the Hurricanes, who are winless in their last three games (0-2-1). Kevin Weekes was pulled in the second period after giving up his third goal of the contest. He stopped 15 shots before giving away to Jamie Storr.
Tonight's game is the last for both teams before the All-Star break.
The Mighty Ducks have won three straight matchups in this series, including a 3-1 loss in Carolina on New Year's Eve. Carolina has just two wins in its last six trips to Anaheim (2-3-1).
02/04 10:36:27 ET