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DUCKS (24-7-5) at DEVILS (14-15-6)
TV: PRIME, MSG-PLUS
Last 10: Anaheim 7-1-2, New Jersey 5-4-1
Season series: The Ducks and Devils meet for the second time in one season since 2002-03. Tonight marks the final contest of the season series between the two clubs, with the first resulting in a 4-3 Ducks OT loss on Nov. 20 at Honda Center. Matt Beleskey, Nick Bonino and Ryan Getzlaf were the goal scorers for the Ducks, while Jonas Hiller stopped 21-of-25 shots in the OTL. All-time Anaheim is 8-13-4 against NJ. Tonight marks the first contest between the two clubs at Prudential Center since Feb. 17, 2012 (3-2 SO loss).
Big story: The Pacific Division-leading Ducks (24-7-5, 53 points) take a six-game winning streak into the second contest of a four-game road trip at New Jersey Friday evening (4 p.m. PST, PRIME TICKET/AM 830). At 53 points, Anaheim is second in the overall NHL standings, behind only Chicago (55).
Anaheim's six-game win streak is the second streak of six games-or-more for the club this season. Anaheim had a franchise-tying seven-game streak earlier this season (Oct. 5-Oct. 20, also Feb. 20-Mar. 7, 1999). This marks the 10th win streak of six games-or-more in franchise history. The Ducks also have points in nine straight games (7-0-2, 16 points), marking the longest active point streak in the league and the second nine-game streak for Anaheim in 2013-14 (also Oct. 25-Nov. 10). The club's last streak of 10 games-or-more occurred from Feb. 27-Mar. 20, 2013 (12 games, 9-0-3).
Anaheim is the only NHL team with three different win streaks of five games or more this season. The Ducks also have points in 11 of 12 (9-1-2, 20) and 22 of 26 (17-4-5, 39).
The Ducks move on to face the Islanders on Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum (4 p.m. PST) and will close out the trip on Dec. 23 at Washington.
The Devils are trying to string together their second three-game winning streak of the season. They have won back-to-back games in regulation for the first time since Nov. 10-12 and only the third time this season. The Ducks are looking to put together their second seven-game winning streak of the season and continue a road trip that started with a 5-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday.
Ducks: The Ducks have practiced at Prudential Center the past two days after arriving in town from Detroit. With two days between games they've also enjoyed some of the festive holiday atmosphere in New York City.
However, it's back to business Friday and fortunately for the Ducks, captain Ryan Getzlaf is expected to be in the lineup. Getzlaf left the game for a period of time against Detroit after sustaining a facial injury when he was checked into the boards by Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey at 14:20 of the first period.
Getzlaf leads the Ducks with 39 points. Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr clearly thinks highly of how he's played so far this season.
"For me, Getzlaf is the MVP," Jagr said. "It's going to be a big challenge to play against him down low. It's pretty tough."
Devils: The Devils are looking to finish their three-game homestand with a perfect record after playing two of their strongest games of the season against the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators. They beat the Lightning 3-0 behind 33 saves from Martin Brodeur and topped the Senators 5-2 with five different goal scorers.
Anaheim, though, presents a stiff test that the Devils feel they can pass. They did a month ago at Honda Center and haven't forgotten about it.
"We played them and competed real well, got a little lucky winning the game," Brodeur said. "It worked out that way. It's a challenge. We've been playing well against good teams. It's not a big deal, but we need to get games together if we want to get out of not being in the playoffs. We have to string games together."
Who's hot: For the Ducks, Getzlaf has points in the 15 of the last 16 games in which he has appeared, collecting 23 points (10g/13a) in that span (missed three games due to injury, Nov. 10-14). He had an unofficial 16-game point streak (10g/13a, not recognized due to three games missed) from Nov. 6-Dec. 15, the longest streak of his career. Corey Perry's 22 goals through 36 games this season are the most in his career (previously 18 in 2007-08). Perry has points in 10 of his last 11 games (10g/3a), leads the NHL with seven game-winning goals and ranks tied for second among league leaders in goals and tied for seventh in points (37). … Devils forward Damien Brunner has snapped out of his funk with four goals in the past four games. Brunner went the previous 17 games without a goal.
Injury report: Anaheim is without defensemen Mark Fistric (upper body), Sheldon Souray (right wrist) and Luca Sbisa (hand) as well as goalie Viktor Fasth (muscle inflammation). Fasth was sent back to Anaheim on Thursday to resume skating and continue recovery. ... New Jersey is missing defensemen Bryce Salvador (fractured foot), Peter Harrold (foot) and Adam Larsson (lower body) as well as forward Ryan Carter (lower body). Forward Ryane Clowe (concussion) has been cleared to practice but won't play.
|Dec 20 '13||ANA 3 at NJD 2 - OT||K. Palmieri|
|Nov 20 '13||NJD 4 at ANA 3 - OT||T. Zajac|