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ISLANDERS (8-17-5) at DUCKS (20-7-5)
TV: MSG PLUS, FS-W
Last 10: New York 1-7-2; Anaheim 5-2-3
Season series: This is the first of two games between the New York Islanders and Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks defeated the Islanders 4-2 at Honda Center on Jan. 6, 2012 with three third-period goals. Anaheim is 9-10-5 in its all-time series against the Islanders.
Big story: The Ducks (20-7-5, 45 points) open a three-game homestand against the New York Islanders tonight at Honda Center (7 p.m. PST, FOX Sports West/AM 830). At 45 points, Anaheim ranks second in the NHL standings to only the current Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks (47). The Ducks have earned points in five straight games (3-0-2), in seven of their last eight games (5-1-2) and have gone 13-4-5 in their last 22, which includes an NHL season-best (w/SJ) nine-game standings point streak from Oct. 25-Nov. 10. The club ranks second in the NHL in 5-on-5 scoring with 73 goals in even-strength situations (CHI, 76). On the PK, Anaheim is 31-for-32 (96.9%) dating back to the third period on Nov. 20 vs. NJ. The club killed 26 straight from Nov. 20-Dec. 6, spanning eight games. On the PP, the Ducks are 9-for-30 (30%), also since Nov. 20 vs. NJ. Anaheim's three-game homestand continues on Wednesday vs. Minnesota (7:30 p.m.) and concludes on Sunday, Dec. 15. vs. Edmonton (5 p.m.).
Ducks: Anaheim had an impressive 5-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday during which it raced out to an early 3-0 lead in the first 7:29 minutes of the game. The Ducks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks and Blues on consecutive nights, both on the road. That followed up shootout losses to the San Jose Sharks and Kings.
“We played four of the best teams and came out with six points. I think right now everybody is pretty happy,” said center Nick Bonino, who had a goal and an assist in the win against the Blues.
Saturday marked Anaheim’s 20th road game, compared to 12 at home. The Ducks have not lost in regulation on home ice (10-0-2), and play the next three at the Honda Center
“It’s always great to be at home," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Our fans are really rabid and they’re great. We’re looking forward to playing for them. We got three games this week. Hopefully they’re in droves and we can’t wait to get home.”
Islanders: New York hasn't won since a 5-4 shootout victory against the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 16. They have also lost nine straight road games, the last road win coming Nov. 1 against the Ottawa Senators.
“It doesn’t get any easier,” said Islanders coach Jack Capuano. “[The Ducks are] a big team, they’re solid, good goaltending. But we’ve got to find a way to score some goals.”
The Islanders had 16 shots and went 0-for-4 on the power play Saturday in Los Angeles.
"We played well for 30 minutes and then kind of shot ourselves in the foot a little bit, but we were right in the game. We've got to find a way to win because this is unacceptable," forward Kyle Okposo said.
Who's hot: Corey Perry has a goal in four straight games and points in six straight (five goals, three assists) for the Ducks. Getzlaf has points in the last 13 games in which he has appeared, collecting 20 points (10g/10a) in that span (missed three games with an upper-body injury, Nov. 10-14). While the 13-game streak is not an official point streak because he missed three games, it marks his longest streak since a career-high 15 games from Dec. 22, 2007-Jan. 23, 2008 (22 points (6g/16a)). In addition, Getzlaf has a current 11-game point streak (14 points (6g/8a), recognized by NHL), which is the longest active streak in the NHL. Dustin Penner has eight points (5g/3a) in six of the last seven games and has amassed 19 points (7g/12a) in his last 19 games. ... The Islanders have scored three goals in three games and defenseman Andrew MacDonald has points on two of those.
Injury report: Anaheim is missing six players: defensemen Sheldon Souray (wrist), Francois Beauchemin (upper body), Luca Sbisa (wrist), goalie Viktor Fasth (lower body), and forwards Mathieu Perreault (lower body) and Jakob Silfverberg (hand). ... Defensemen Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion), Brian Strait (upper body) and goalie Evgeni Nabokov (groin) are on IR for the Islanders, though Nabokov could be ready to back up in goal as early as Tuesday in San Jose.
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