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Morning Report: Ducks Prepare for Devils

Friday, 12.20.2013 / 9:27 AM PT / News
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Morning Report: Ducks Prepare for Devils
PHOTOS FROM MORNING SKATE
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

NEWARK – The Ducks took to the ice this morning in preparation for tonight’s game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center (4 p.m., Prime Ticket, AM 830).

Anaheim enters tonight’s matchup riding a six-game winning streak, the second streak of six games or more for the club this season. Anaheim had a franchise-tying seven-game streak earlier this season (Oct. 5-Oct. 20, also Feb. 20-Mar. 7, 1999).

In addition, this marks the 10th win streak of six games or more in franchise history. The Ducks also have points in nine straight games (7-0-2, 16 points), marking the longest active point streak in the league and the second nine-game streak for Anaheim this season (also Oct. 25-Nov. 10). The club's last streak of 10 games or more occurred Feb. 27-Mar. 20, 2013 (12 games, 9-0-3).

The Devils enter tonight’s contest having won their first two of a three-game homestand. Their most recent victory came on Wednesday night when they tied their season-high for goals scored in a 5-2 win vs. Ottawa.

“They’re resilient,” said head coach Bruce Boudreau. “Every game is close. They know how to play. Sometimes they don’t get the luck and they lose, or their power play or penalty killing goes the wrong way and they lose. But every night they bring the same effort and tenacity. And either goalie can be great.”

The Ducks will be looking for a little payback in this game, for it was the Devils who handed Anaheim one of its two home losses this season, a 4-3 OT victory exactly one month ago today.

ROAD WARRIORS
After Tuesday night's game at Detroit, the Ducks passed the halfway point of their road schedule by playing their league-leading 21st road game of the season. With an 11-7-3 road record, the Ducks rank third among NHL teams in road points (25).

“I don’t know how many miles we’ve put on before Christmas, but it’s a tad up there,” said Boudreau. “You realize the East is really easy, travel-wise.”

The Ducks enter tonight’s game on a three-game road winning streak (3-0-0) and have points in four consecutive games on the road (3-0-1) dating back to Nov. 30 at SJ (4-3 OTL). At the conclusion of this four-game road trip (Dec. 23 at Washington), Anaheim will have completed 59% of its road schedule and will not return to the Eastern Time Zone for the remainder of the season. In addition, the Ducks will have only four games in the Central Time Zone (Jan. 9 at NSH, Jan. 17 at CHI, Jan. 18 at STL, Feb. 8 at NSH) of the 16 remaining on the road schedule.

ROOTS IN NEW JERSEY
Kyle Palmieri
grew up in nearby Montvale and has had a chance to catch up with family and friends during his three days in New Jersey. Much like Cam Fowler in Detroit three nights ago, Palmieri will have a large group attending tonight’s game.

“It’s pretty crazy,” he said. “I grew up playing hockey here and the rink I played my youth hockey at is only a few miles away. It’s a pretty cool experience and I’ll have a lot of friends and family here tonight. It’ll be a pretty fun night.”

AGELESS WONDERS
Future Hall-of-Famers Teemu Selanne and Jaromir Jagr are set to face each other for the second time this season (also Nov. 20 at Honda Center). They have a combined 1,372 goals and rank eighth (Jagr, 693) and 11th (Selanne, 679) on the NHL’s all-time goals list. This season’s match-ups mark the first time in 10 years that two NHL players with 675-or-more goals face each other in a contest. The last occurrence was Oct. 25, 2003 at MSG* (DET’s Brett Hull (717) and NYR’s Mark Messier (678)). Selanne (43) and Jagr (41) are the two oldest active players in the NHL.
*Courtesy ESB

DUCKS-DEVILS
The Ducks and Devils meet for the second time in one season since 2002-03. Tonight marks the final contest of the season series between the two clubs, with the first resulting in a 4-3 Ducks OT loss on Nov. 20 at Honda Center. Matt Beleskey, Nick Bonino and Ryan Getzlaf were the goal scorers for the Ducks, while Jonas Hiller stopped 21-of-25 shots in the OTL. All-time Anaheim is 8-13-4 against NJ. Tonight marks the first contest between the two clubs at Prudential Center since Feb. 17, 2012 (3-2 SO loss).

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 7 2 3 4 5
J. Silfverberg 7 0 5 1 5
R. Kesler 7 4 0 2 4
A. Cogliano 7 2 2 -1 4
S. Vatanen 7 1 3 4 4
C. Perry 7 0 4 -7 4
C. Fowler 7 1 2 -2 3
C. Stewart 7 1 2 2 3
D. Perron 7 1 2 3 3
H. Lindholm 7 0 3 6 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 3 2 0 .947 1.41
J. Gibson 0 2 0 .900 3.08

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