Ducks Aim to End Skid Against Oilers
Monday, 04.22.2013 / 10:21 AM
DUCKS (27-11-6) at OILERS (17-19-7)
TV: PRIME, SNET-W
Last 10: Anaheim 4-4-2; Edmonton 4-6-0
Season series: This is the second of three meetings. The Anaheim Ducks earned a 2-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers on April 8 at Honda Center. These teams will meet again on Monday at Rexall Place, where the Ducks have won the past nine showdowns.
Big story: The Ducks can inch closer towards clinching the Pacific Division crown Sunday, as they possess a five-point lead on both the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks. The Oilers enter eight points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with five games remaining on their schedule.
Ducks: Anaheim enters with an opportunity to clinch the Pacific, providing it defeats Edmonton while both San Jose and Los Angeles lose their games against Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars, respectively. However, wins have eluded Anaheim as of late; the Ducks are in the midst of a four-game winless skid after suffering a 3-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on Friday at Scotiabank Saddledome. It marked the beginning of a four-game road trip that includes back-to-back games at Edmonton.
"I couldn't have cared less if we were playing a midget team or the Russian National Team," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We needed the win that should have been motivation enough."
Oilers: Despite all of its young talent that included the additions of Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz this past summer, Edmonton is all but assured of missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs again this year. The Oilers snapped a six-game skid Friday when they beat the Colorado Avalanche by a 4-1 score at the Pepsi Center. Jordan Eberle had a goal and two assists in the victory and Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves.
"I was just [ticked] off," Eberle said. "You lose six in a row and nothing is going in for you and it's a battle. The last few games especially I feel like I have been playing well and started to get healthy and just nothing was going in for me. So it's nice to finally get on the scoresheet and help the team win. That's the biggest thing. When your team is losing and you are not contributing, it can be tough. So it was nice to do that tonight."
Who's hot: Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has two goals and three assists over the past five games. … Oilers winger Taylor Hall has three points (one goal, two assists) in the past two and Yakupov is 2-2-4 in the past five contests.
Injury report: Anaheim is missing Luca Sbisa (upper body) and Nick Bonino (lower body). … Ales Hemsky (foot) and Lennart Petrell (leg) are not expected to be in Edmonton’s lineup.