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After being shut out by a Southeast Division rival, the Carolina Hurricanes look to avoid a fourth straight loss Saturday when they host the woeful Boston Bruins.

Carolina (26-22-6) has been outscored 15-4 during its three-game losing streak. The team has lost five of six games, going 2-for-29 on the power play, since a 4-0-1 stretch.

Among the struggling Hurricanes is captain Rod Brind'Amour, who has only three points in the last six games. The center leads the team with 41 assists and his 55 points are second to Ray Whitney's 58.

Carolina was handed its second consecutive defeat at home and Eastern Conference-high seventh shutout loss of the season on Thursday, 4-0 to Tampa Bay.

"I think everybody's frustrated," said Hurricanes goaltender John Grahame, who stopped only 16 shots. "We're not really sure what to do.

"Sooner or later, you hope that we'd start to get a few of those bounces."

Goaltender Cam Ward is expected to return to the starting role Saturday with Grahame relegated to backup duties. Ward is 1-2-2 with a 3.97 goals-against average in his last six starts.

The netminder that backstopped the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup in June, Ward hopes to take advantage of facing one of the worst teams in the East.

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