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Game Preview: Blue Jackets, Ducks meet for second time

by Katie Foglia / Columbus Blue Jackets

The Anaheim Ducks embarked on a season-long seven-game road trip on Monday in Pittsburgh against the Penguins. It didn't go well for the Ducks, who saw their six-game winning streak snapped by a 6-2 loss to the Penguins.
The Ducks bounced back the following evening and defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1, thanks to two goals from Rickard Rakell. In that game, Chris Stewart scored on a penalty shot, Andrew Cogliano scored the empty-netter and goaltender Frederik Andersen made 28 saves to seal the Ducks’ victory.

The Ducks arrived in Columbus mid-week, and will be looking to rack up two more points and continue plugging along in the Western Conference playoff race, where they currently sit third in the Pacific Division.

The Blue Jackets played the first game of a five-game home stand at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday. Rookie goaltender Joonas Korpisalo was outstanding in the Jackets' 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Islanders, making a career-high 44 saves in regulation and overtime, and was one of the positive takeaways from the match-up.

Korpisalo is expected to get another start - his eighth in a row - on Thursday night in Columbus.

In the third and final game of the Blue Jackets’ annual California trip, the Ducks defeated the Jackets, 4-2 at Honda Center. The Jackets kicked off the trip with a win against the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 5 and added on another against the Los Angeles Kings on Nov. 7.

But before heading back to Columbus, the Blue Jackets fell to the Ducks despite a late push in the third period. Here’s how it went down: Cam Fowler opened the scoring for the home team at 3:28 of the first period, and Patrick Maroon added on in the second period.

Scott Hartnell put the Jackets on the board later in the second, cutting the deficit in half. But the Ducks were able to add on once more when Josh Manson scored in the third, making it 3-1 for Anaheim. Hartnell scored his second of the night at 19:00 of the third, making it a 3-2 game, but Clayton Stoner iced it in the final seconds of regulation, putting the game away for the Ducks.

The Jackets are 25-23-4 in the all-time series against the Ducks, and 0-1-0 in the 2015-16 series. 

When it comes to the Ducks both in this season and really in any season, there’s two main players to watch: Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Both forwards are currently tied for the team-lead in points with 38.

Getzlaf has scored five goals and added a whopping 33 assists this season, and also leads the team in the latter category. Getzlaf was selected by Anaheim (19th overall) in the 2003 NHL Draft, and has spent the entirety of his NHL career (11 seasons) with the Ducks. Now, the 30-year-old center serves as the team’s captain, its primary play maker and power forward.

Perry earned his 38 points by scoring a team-leading 21 goals and tallying 17 assists. Like Getzlaf, Perry was also selected by Anaheim in the first round (28th overall) during the 2003 NHL Draft. Perry is also in his 11th career NHL season with the team that drafted him, and has been a constant goal-scoring threat ever since.

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