Ducks look to keep resurgence going vs. Jackets
Wednesday, 10.20.2010 / 4:00 PM
NHL.comDUCKS (2-3-1) at BLUE JACKETS (2-2-0)
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Season series --
This is the first of four meetings between the teams this season. The Blue Jackets took three of four meetings last season, but the teams split a pair of games at Nationwide Arena.
Big Story --
After losing their first three games, the Ducks seem to have righted the ship, winning two of their last three. The Blue Jackets are looking for a measure of consistency, having alternated wins and losses over their first four games.
Ducks -- Bobby Ryan
has been reunited with Ryan Getzlaf
and Corey Perry
on the club's first forward line. The threesome is beginning to produce like they did last season.
Sunday against Phoenix, Ryan had 3 assists, Perry scored the game-winning goal and Getzlaf had a pair of assists. In the last three games, the trio has combined for 6 goals and 13 assists.
The Ducks are 2-0-1 in their last three games with 11 goals; they had just two goals in losing their first three games of the season.
Blue Jackets --
After watching his team hand Friday's game to the Blackhawks, coach Scott Arniel was tempted to overhaul his forward lines. Instead, he stuck with things and the result was a 3-2 win Saturday against the Wild.
Arniel showed the players video clips of the problems, and apparently that was enough to get the message sent.
"It was real quiet afterward," Arniel told the Columbus Dispatch. "There wasn't a lot of screaming and yelling, it was more like, 'Is that really how we want to play the game?'"
Who's Hot --
Getzlaf led all scorers last week with 8 points in four games. His 2 goals and 6 assists earned him NHL Third Star of the Week honors. His 8 points on the season are tied for third in the League. … Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger is off to the best start of his career. He has 3 goals -- including the shorthanded game-winner Saturday against the Wild, and he has at least a point in three of the Jackets' four games.
Injury Report --
Ducks rookie defenseman Cam Fowler
is probably for Wednesday's game after suffering a broken nose in Sunday's game against the Coyotes. … Forward Jared Boll was placed on injured reserve with a back injury last Saturday. Defenseman Anton Stralman (left shoulder sprain) and Mike Commodore (broken left hand) are questionable for Wednesday's game.
Stat Pack --
Getzlaf's hot streak could get a boost against the Blue Jackets. In 19 games against Columbus, he has 8 goals -- 2 game-winners -- 24 points and a plus-11 rating. … Clark's 2-point game Saturday was his first multi-point game since Dec. 15, 2009.
Puck Drop --
Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman
isn't known as an offensive force -- 33 goals in 660 NHL games coming into the season -- but after missing most of the preseason and the first four games of the regular season with blurred vision, he's managed to score a goal in each of his first two games this season.
"It feels great," Lydman said. "If you just check my stats from previous years, I haven't been doing that too much. It's nice to put a couple in there. Especially when we win, it feels so much better."