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GAME: Phoenix Coyotes (18-19-14-3) at Anaheim Mighty Ducks (17-23-8-7).

TIME: Wednesday, 10:30 p.m. EST.

Brian Boucher doesn't have to be worried about a goaltending controversy any longer.

His biggest concern now is trying to get the struggling Phoenix Coyotes into the playoff race.

Boucher and new addition Mike Comrie will try to help the Coyotes end a six-game winless streak when they visit the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

In a move that had been rumored for some time, the Coyotes traded veteran goalie Sean Burke, right wing Branko Radivojevic and the rights to left wing Ben Eager to Philadelphia on Monday in exchange for Comrie.

Burke's departure leaves Boucher as the Coyotes' undisputed No. 1 goalie while the addition of Comrie should help a team that has gone 0-4-1-1 in its last six to fall into 12th place in the Western Conference.

Boucher, who set an NHL record with five straight shutouts earlier this season, is 0-4-1 in his last five starts while allowing 16 goals.

"I'm excited about the new challenge," Boucher said. "Obviously they're going to be expecting more from me on a nightly basis. Hopefully, I'll rise to the occasion."

Comrie had four goals and five assists in 21 games for Philadelphia after he was acquired from Edmonton on Dec. 16. The 23-year-old center had 133 points in 2{ years with the Oilers.

"I'm extremely happy about the opportunity that I'm going to have with Phoenix," said Comrie, expected to make his Coyotes' debut Wednesday. "It's a young team that I can hopefully fit in well with."

Phoenix headed into the All-Star break with a 5-0 loss at San Jose on Thursday as Boucher surrendered five goals on 35 shots.

Anaheim concluded a very disappointing first half of the season with a 3-2 victory over Carolina on Wednesday.

After coming within one victory of winning the Stanley Cup last June, the Mighty Ducks are 11 points behind the final playoff spot and 13th in the West this season.

"One thing we haven't done is get on a little bit of a roll," Anaheim's Steve Rucchin said. "Once you do that, as we saw last year, you just find ways to win and you feel good about yourself."

There are several reasons for Anaheim's disappointing first half, but none bigger than the play of goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Giguere, last season's Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP, is 7-21-4 with an unimpressive 2.84 goals-against average in 2003-04. He is 1-6-2 in his last nine decisions.

"I think that all the media attention over the summer as well as in the playoffs put unnecessary pressure on him," Anaheim general manager Bryan Murray said. "I think he allowed it to, even though he didn't mean for it to."

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