Series (Game 2 of 2)

Anaheim leads 2-0

Game 1: Wednesday, December 31st
Game 2: Wednesday, February 4th

Hurricanes 2

(17-26-2, 46 pts)

Ducks 3

(17-23-7, 49 pts)

10:30 PM ET, February 4, 2004

Honda Center, Anaheim, California

1 2 3 T
CAR 1 1 02
ANA 0 2 13

S. Pahlsson (Ducks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

C. Kunitz (Ducks - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

J. Krog (Ducks - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Carolina (17-25-10-2) at Anaheim (16-23-8-7) 10:30 pm EST

ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- The last two teams to lose in the Stanley Cup Finals meet for the second time this season when the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim host the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night.

Carolina, which failed to make the playoffs last season after reaching the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history in 2002, is nnot expected to make the postseason this year.

Anaheim reached the Finals for the first time in franchise history in 2003 and also will have a difficult time getting back to the postseason. Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy despite a 3-0 loss at New Jersey in Game Seven of the Finals, is just 7-21-4 after setting a team-record with 34 victories last season.

The Mighty Ducks posted a 3-1 victory at Carolina on December 31 to move within two games under .500, but are 3-8-4-2 in 17 contests since.

On Monday, Martin Gerber was in the nets for Anaheim in a 2-1 overtime loss at Edmonton. Rookie Joffrey Lopul scored the lone goal for the Ducks, who fell to 8-13 in one-goal games this season.

Carolina is winless in its last three games (0-2-1) and just 3-8-2 in its last 13 contests.

The Hurricanes fell to 7-13-4-1 on the road with Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. Pavel Brendl scored the lone goal for Carolina, which allowed two power-play goals.

The Ducks are 4-3-1 all time at home vs. the Hurricanes.