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
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
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
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
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.