NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, March 31st
(All times Eastern)
Winnipeg Jets (33-33-9) at Anaheim Ducks (48-18-8), 10 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The last time the Anaheim Ducks won 48 games in a
season, they went on to win their first and only Stanley Cup championship.
The Ducks would love to repeat that history this postseason but first look to
set a new franchise record for victories in a season as they host the Winnipeg
Jets on Monday night.
Anaheim begins a three-game homestand tonight after a 2-0-1 road trip, with
Saturday's 5-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks improving the Ducks to 48-18-8
on the season. That tied the franchise record for most wins in a season, set
during the Ducks' championship season in 2006-07.
The win also moved the Ducks a point ahead of the San Jose Sharks for first
place in the Pacific Division and three back of the St. Louis Blues for the
top seed in the Western Conference. Anaheim will use one of its two games in
hand over idle San Jose tonight.
One night after an overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers, the Ducks got 31
saves from Frederik Andersen and goals from five different skaters in the
victory over the Canucks. Saku Koivu, Luca Sbisa, Matt Beleskey, Corey Perry
and Mathieu Perreault all scored, while Koivu and Perry both had an assist.
"It was not an easy night to come in after last night and knowing how
desperate a team Vancouver was," said Koivu.
Perreault extended his career-high point streak to eight straight games, with
six goals and three assists over the run.
Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf had an assist and is second in the NHL with 81 points,
but was held out of the final moments of the game after blocking a shot in the
third period. Getzlaf isn't believed to be seriously hurt but his status for
this game is unknown.
The Jets are 1-2-0 on a five-game road trip and are coming off a 4-2 loss to
the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Winnipeg is nine points out of the second
wild card spot in the Western Conference with seven games to play.
Phoenix owns that final playoff spot and Winnipeg concludes its road trip with
a game versus the Coyotes on Tuesday.
Ondrej Pavelec got the start in net on Saturday for the Jets, but played only
one period in his return from a lower-body injury. Pavelec, who had missed six
games, was pulled after allowing three goals on 16 shots.
Al Montoya stopped 12 shots in relief, but the Jets could not overcome the
early 3-0 deficit.
"It taught us a really good lesson in the first period, we just gave them so
much ice to play on," said Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice.
Matt Halischuk and Blake Wheeler had third-period goals in defeat, which saw
defenseman Zach Bogosian miss a third straight game with an upper-body injury.
The Jets did recall defensemen Ben Chiarot and Zach Redmond from the American
Hockey League on Sunday along with goaltender Michael Hutchinson. The
recalling of Hutchinson could mean that either Pavelec or Montoya is dealing
with an injury.
The Jets have won five of their last six meetings with the Ducks and their 3-2
win on Jan. 21 was their third straight in Anaheim.
03/31 10:29:34 ET