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DUCKS (5-4-1) at BLUE JACKETS (1-9-1)
TV: PRIME, FS-Ohio
LAST 10: Anaheim 5-4-1; Columbus 1-8-1
Season Series: The Western Conference clubs are meeting for the first of four times this season. They split four games last season, with Columbus winning the first two and Anaheim the last two.
Ducks: For a team with some of the biggest guns in the league, the Ducks continue to struggle to pull the trigger. They've lost two of three games on their current road trip and are coming off a 3-0 shutout loss at Nashville on Saturday night.
Anaheim is 1-1-1 on its seven-game trip, which is tied for the third-longest in franchise history.
Blue Jackets: The Jackets continue to find ways to lose. They scored late in the second period to get even at 2-2 after 40 minutes, then surrendered two goals by Viktor Stalberg and an empty-netter for a 5-2 loss at Chicago on Saturday.
Columbus has been close in almost all of its nine losses -- but can't seem to get the big goal when it matters.
"I think it's close to seven games now we've been tied 2-2," coach Scott Arniel said. "This one tonight, going into the third period they were giving up just as many chances as we were and at the end of the day we made mistakes. Two mistakes quickly in the third period cost us the hockey game."
Who's Hot: Though he and his teammates were held scoreless on Saturday, Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf has four goals and five points in his last four games. … Vinny Prospal, signed as a free agent by the Jackets this summer, has goals in back-to-back games and is tied for the team lead with 10 points.
Injury Report: Anaheim is still without forward Jason Blake, who's still recovering from a severe wrist laceration. .. Columbus' lengthy list of injuries includes defensemen Marc Methot (broken thumb) and Radek Martinek (concussion), forwards Kristian Huselius (pectoral surgery), Jared Boll (broken thumb) and Jeff Carter (broken foot) and goaltenders Mark Dekanich (ankle) and Curtis Sanford (groin).
Stat Pack: Anaheim is 8-2-1 in its last 11 visits to Nationwide Arena. … This might be a good time for Anaheim to play backup goaltender Dan Ellis. Not only did Jonas Hiller play both Thursday and Saturday, but Ellis has five wins and a shootout loss in six career decisions against Columbus.
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