[34-36-12]
3
2
04/05/2012
FINAL OT
[32-40-10]
123OTT
ANA020 1 3
17SHOTS26
37FACEOFFS23
11HITS17
7PIM7
0/1PP0/1
23GIVEAWAYS13
8TAKEAWAYS9
17BLOCKED SHOTS22
     

Oilers host Ducks in home finale

Wednesday, 04.04.2012 / 2:22 PM

DUCKS (33-35-12) at OILERS (32-39-9)

TV: SNET-W (HD)

Last 10: Anaheim 4-5-1; Edmonton 5-3-2

Season Series: It's the last of four meetings this season, and the second in five days. The Ducks won the first two before Edmonton scored a pair of quick goals and held on for a 2-1 win on Sunday in Anaheim.

Big Story: The Oilers try to give the home folks some pleasant memories to take into the summer as they host the Ducks in their last game of the season at Rexall Place.

Team Scope:

Ducks: Anaheim is headed for its worst season since 2003-04, and Tuesday night's 5-4 shootout loss at Vancouver was just another disappointment in a season full of them. The Ducks led 1-0, 2-1 and 4-2, only to allow the Canucks to pull even each time and win the shootout.

"We had a chance to win until the shootout," said goalie Jonas Hiller, who was beaten on all three attempts. "Their moves were better than ours went."

Oilers: A 2-0 loss at Los Angeles on Monday and a day off on Tuesday led to a body-thumping practice on Wednesday that included hitting, chirping and a couple of two-handers.

Coach Tom Renney liked what he saw.

"It was OK," Renney said. "They're trying to work hard and do the right things, and every once in a while a reminder here and there from a coaching perspective. I didn't see anything extraordinary."

Who's Hot: If 41-year-old Teemu Selanne is going to hang up his skates after the season, it's not because he can't play. Selanne has points in his last two games and leads the Ducks with 66. … Another Teemu, Edmonton's Teemu Hartikainen, had both goals against the Ducks. That's half of the Oilers' offensive production in the last four games.

Injury Report: The Ducks are missing defenseman Nate Guenin (face), and have been without goaltender Dan Ellis (groin) since January. … Edmonton expects to have defenseman Jeff Petry back; he skipped the two-game trip to Southern California after being hit in the face last Friday. Forward Taylor Hall (shoulder surgery) is gone until the fall. The Oilers list Theo Peckham and Corey Potter (concussions) and defenseman Ladislav Smid (neck) as day-to-day.

Stat Pack: The Oilers have taken just 14, 15 and 19 shots on goal in their last three games. … Selanne has seven goals and 14 points during a nine-game points streak against the Oilers. … Hiller has set an Anaheim franchise record by playing in 72 of the Ducks' 80 games.

Puck Drop: There aren't many goals for a team that was expected to make the playoffs and didn't, but the Ducks would like to finish their season with wins in Edmonton and Calgary to give them a break-even record of 35-35-12. That might not sound like much, but it would be an achievement for a team that started the season by going 10-22-6.

"I can find different things to motivate teams and players," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau told the team's website.

"It's not hard to keep them focused if you keep your finger on the pulse of the pressure-type thing. "But if the coaches let up, then it's really easy for the players to let up. They're like your kids. If you're not on top of your kids all the time, no matter what the occasion, they're going to find ways to goof off. So you have to stay on top of them, right to the bell."
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