Defensive-minded Ducks look for fourth straight win

Anaheim (13-8-3) at Carolina (12-10-2), 7:00 pm EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) — Defense suddenly became a
major issue during the Anaheim Ducks’ early season struggles.
Now, it has become the reason they are winning.

Coming off several stellar defensive outings, the Ducks hope to
win their fourth straight game when they visit the Carolina
Hurricanes on Sunday.

The Ducks yielded three or more goals in all five losses during
their 1-5-0 start to the season, but have regrouped
dramatically. They have surrendered two goals during their
current three-game run.

With Jean-Sebastien Giguere back in his native Montreal
attending to a personal matter, backup goaltender Jonas Hiller
made 26 saves and earned his second shutout in his last four
appearances in the Ducks’ 1-0 victory against the Chicago
Blackhawks on Friday.

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Hiller is 4-0-0 in his last six games and has stopped 131 of 138
shots. He is also among the league leaders with a 2.07
goals-against average.

Giguere is expected to rejoin the team for this contest, but
coach Randy Carlyle may opt to stick with Hiller’s hot hand.

Carolina snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 overtime
win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday. The Hurricanes have
been outscored, 13-8, in their last four games.

They defeated the Ducks, 3-1, on October 19 in the teams’ only