Anaheim
Ducks
34-36-12
Pittsburgh
Penguins
51-25-6

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Ducks Hope to Carry Momentum into Pittsburgh

Tuesday, 02.14.2012 / 9:33 PM

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DUCKS (23-24-9) at PENGUINS (32-19-5)

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Last 10: Anaheim 6-2-2; Pittsburgh 7-2-1.

Season Series: This is the only meeting of the season between the two teams. In their last meeting way back on Nov. 5, 2010, Anaheim beat Pittsburgh at home, 3-2, behind goals from Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf and Saku Koivu.

Big Story: Anaheim looks to continue bridging the eight-point gap that stands between them and the playoffs on Wednesday in Pittsburgh. A win would be the Ducks' third in a row, but it'll need to come against a contender also going for their third straight. The Penguins have won six in a row at home and won't give up ground easily.

Team Scope:

Ducks:  After a loss in Detroit to start the road swing, Anaheim dispatched Columbus and Minnesota. On Tuesday against the Wild, Anaheim showed its resolve with two third-period goals to overcome a 1-0 deficit. The hero? Corey Perry, of course, the same guy who scored a hat trick to put Columbus away two nights before.

"We're just playing the same way the whole game and not trying to do different things or be too cute when we get down," Perry said. "That's what we've been doing since we've been on this roll and we have to keep doing it." 

Penguins: With a break since Sunday, the Penguins enter the final game of a three-game homestand rested and ready to finish it undefeated. Pittsburgh spent the weekend shelling Southeast opponents, starting with an 8-4 win against Winnipeg. The Pens followed that with a 4-2 win against Tampa Bay the next night to move into a tie with Philadelphia for the fourth with 69 points. Evgeni Malkin continued his incredible hot streak, with 3 goals and 4 assists over the two games.

"It looks like he did in 2009 maybe when (Sidney Crosby) went down and he kind of took over, that was kind of unbelievable," defenseman Kris Letang said of Malkin. "But his game is better than it was two years ago. I think he's playing great hockey, and this is the first time I've seen him being that dominant."

Injury Report: Anaheim goalie Dan Ellis is out at least a month with a torn groin. … For Pittsburgh, Tyler Kennedy will miss 4-6 weeks with a high ankle sprain, while Arron Asham is out indefinitely with a concussion. Crosby has been sidelined since Dec. 6 with a concussion and soft tissue damage in his neck.
 
Stat Pack: While Marc-Andre Fleury is third in the League with 29 wins, many of those have come courtesy of Pittsburgh's potent offense. Fleury has allowed three or more goals five times in his last eight games, a dangerous proposition considering Anaheim’s burgeoning attack.

Puck Drop: "We're facing a team that's playing really well. I think it's deceptive to look at where they are in the standings because of how they're playing. They're really making a push right now and playing desperate hockey, and that's what we're expecting." – Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma on Anaheim

2011-2012 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 15 '12ANA 2 at PIT 1T. Selanne
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
T. Selanne57193352+64291
C. Perry57281846-579125
R. Getzlaf5783139-145542
B. Ryan57211435-72713
S. Koivu49101929+123001
L. Visnovsky4451722+53311
A. Cogliano57111021-21322
L. Sbisa5731720-35100
C. Fowler5731619-191000
N. Hagman4781018-51022
F. Beauchemin5761218-53721
M. Beleskey494913+55200
T. Lydman5401111-53800
J. Blake21549+3412
N. Bonino27459-1200
S. Brookbank55088+85200
D. Smith-Pelly26325-101011
A. Gordon37235-10600
G. Parros35134+35300
M. Macenauer29134-41801
B. McMillan25044-102000
R. Pelley34112+01200
K. Palmieri11112-1200
K. Foster9112-5800
N. Guenin10101+1600
P. Holland4101+0201
B. Maxwell10011-1200
J. Jacques6000+21200
M. Bell5000+0500
P. Maroon2000+0200
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
J. Hiller5121-19-913114232.69.908
D. Ellis101-5-0192142.72.911
J. Deslauriers11-0-02282.00.929
I. Tarkki11-0-03104.39.700
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
E. Malkin50323769+94087
J. Neal57292655+164133
C. Kunitz57162440+42952
P. Dupuis57122032+112604
K. Letang3482129+82232
S. Sullivan57101626-81440
J. Staal3717724-12430
T. Kennedy4261622+22901
M. Cooke5791120-12011
P. Martin5011718-71400
M. Niskanen5631417+83530
D. Engelland5121012+34200
S. Crosby821012+7801
R. Park395611-31003
J. Vitale503811-32401
B. Orpik492911+52800
A. Asham412911-55300
C. Adams57369-73000
C. O'Reilly33257-11410
Z. Michalek37156-121600
D. Jeffrey22325-2200
S. Despres14134+4810
A. Picard17044+4400
B. Lovejoy26123+11100
J. Williams8112+1400
M. Letestu11011-6200
C. Sneep1011+1000
E. Tangradi12000-51200
S. MacIntyre11000+0400
R. Bortuzzo6000+1200
C. McDonald5000+0000
B. Strait1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
M. Fleury4829-14-311012382.34.911
B. Johnson123-6-2322843.00.887

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