NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, January 3rd
(All times Eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (13-25-5) at Anaheim Ducks (29-8-5), 10 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - It is going to be hard for the Anaheim Ducks to top
A turn of the calendar didn't help the Edmonton Oilers.
The Pacific Division-leading Ducks look to keep their season-opening point
streak at home alive on Friday night when they play host to the struggling
Anaheim goes into 2014 as the only team in the league having yet to lose a
regulation game at home. The Ducks are 15-0-2 at the Honda Center, just the
third team in the NHL in 25 years to begin a campaign with a home point streak
of 17 games or more. They join the 2008-09 San Jose Sharks (20-0-2) and the
1988-89 Calgary Flames (14-0-3).
The Ducks went 11-1-1 in December, notching a club-record 10 straight wins
prior to a road loss in San Jose on Sunday. They bounced back to split the
home-and-home set, besting the Sharks 6-3 on Tuesday.
Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists, while Matt Beleskey and Nick Bonino
had a goal and an assist each. Jonas Hiller made 33 saves to win his club-
record ninth straight decision, getting full credit from Getzlaf afterwards.
"If you look at their numbers, they're crazy in the first period. (Hiller) did
an unbelievable job keeping us in the first period," noted Getzlaf. "We
could've easily been down a couple goals, at least. That's what it takes to
beat good teams. You need good goaltending, and our guys reacted well."
The Ducks have a five-point lead over the Sharks for first place in the
Pacific Division and trail the Chicago Blackhawks' 64 points by one for the
most in the NHL.
The Oilers sit at the bottom of the Western Conference standings with 31
points and are just 2-7-2 in their last 11. They had followed up a pair of
victories with back-to-back losses beyond regulation before a 5-1 setback to
the Sharks last night.
Nail Yakupov, a healthy scratch in Edmonton's previous game on Tuesday, had
the lone Oilers goal and Devan Dubnyk yielded five goals on 36 shots.
San Jose scored a pair of goals just 49 seconds apart in the first period and
went up 4-0 by the 8:45 mark of the second.
"We were playing fine until that second goal," Edmonton head coach Dallas
The Oilers and Ducks met for the first time this season on Dec. 15 in Anaheim,
with the Ducks logging a 3-2 win. Hiller made 23 saves, moving to 12-3-0 with
a 1.79 goals against average and two shutouts in his career versus Edmonton.
Ilya Bryzgalov got the start for the Oilers and yielded three goals on 34
shots against his former club. He could get the start tonight and is 13-9-2
with a 2.65 GAA versus Anaheim, which took him in the second round of the 2000
The Ducks have won five straight and 10 of their last 11 meetings with the
Oilers, taking six of the last eight played at home.
01/03 10:39:45 ET