Hurricanes Face Ducks Tonight

The Anaheim Ducks' nine-game point streak ended when they failed to control one high-scoring center two nights ago and they will face the same task tonight against Eric Staal and the Carolina Hurricanes. This matchup features last-place teams that still have hopes of reaching the playoffs. Anaheim is nine points out of the Pacific Division lead while Carolina is eight points out of first place in the Southeast. The Ducks went 6-0-3 over a nine-game stretch before a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday as Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist. Anaheim is close to returning home, where it last played Feb. 8 in a 3-2 win over Carolina in which Corey Perry scored in overtime. Staal had a goal for the Hurricanes in that game, the start of a six-game point streak in which he has six goals and five assists. This is his longest such streak since an eight-game run Jan. 1-15, 2011. Staal had two goals and an assist in a 5-0 victory over Washington on Monday. He scored his second short-handed goal in four contests. The Hurricanes have gone 5-1-2 in their last eight. Goaltender Cam Ward missed Monday's game with an unspecified lower body injury. Muller said he hoped Ward could return against the Ducks. Justin Peters has started the last two home games for Carolina, recording his first career shutout Monday with 17 saves.