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Preview: Ducks, Bruins Close Out Season Series

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

Update: Ducks goalie John Gibson is not available for tonight's game and is day-to-day with a lower body injury. The Ducks have recalled recalled goalie Jhonas Enroth from the San Diego Gulls.

The Ducks (31-20-10, 72 pts.) play their third and final home game of February tonight against the Boston Bruins (30-23-6, 66 pts.) at Honda Center (7:30 p.m. PT, Prime Ticket/AM 830). Of Anaheim's 21 remaining regular-season games, 13 will be played at Honda Center and eight will take place on the road. The Ducks have the fifth-most home games remaining among NHL clubs (tied with several clubs), behind only LA (15), Carolina (14), Tampa Bay (14) and Florida (14). The club's final road schedule is broken down with three games in the Pacific Time Zone, two in the Mountain and three in the Central. The Ducks enters tonight's game tied for the league's fifth-best penalty kill at 84.3% overall. Following tonight's game, the Ducks will have two days to prepare for their final game prior to their bye week, a 1 p.m. PT contest against the Kings on Saturday at STAPLES Center.

Tonight's contest concludes the two-game season series between these two clubs, which opened with a 4-3 Ducks victory on December 15 at TD Garden. Goals from Andrew Cogliano and Kevin Bieksa in the first period erased a 2-0 deficit, while Josh Manson and Rickard Rakell found the back of the net in the middle frame to lift the Ducks to their 16th victory of the season. Jonathan Bernier stopped 31-of-34 shots in the win.

The Ducks own a 16-9-5 all-time record vs. the Bruins with wins in six consecutive games dating to Jan. 4, 2014. Anaheim has gone 9-1-1 vs. Boston in its last 11 games dating to the start of the 2009-10 season. The Ducks have also won three straight against the Bruins at Honda Center to improve their home record to 7-4-4. Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has 14 points (4g/10a) in as many games vs. the Bruins, tops among current Anaheim skaters.

The Ducks come into tonight's game in desperate need of offense, having only scored five times over their last four games, including a 3-2 defeat to the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night at Gila River Arena. Getzlaf scored both goals for the Ducks, who opened their back-to-back set with a 1-0 victory over the Kings at Honda Center on Sunday. Anaheim comes in with four wins in its last 10 games (4-5-1), which included a season-long 14-day, six-game road trip.

Boston, meanwhile, hasn't played since Sunday - a 2-1 overtime victory over the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center. Ryan Spooner opened the scoring with his eighth goal of the season and Brad Marchand tallied his 25th goal of the 2016-17 campaign at the 2:36 mark of OT to give Boston its seventh win in its last 10 games (7-3-0). Boston sits in a tie with the Florida Panthers for the second and final wild card spot, though the Panthers currently hold the position because they have a game in hand. Boston is also one point out of third place in the Atlantic Division currently held by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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