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Preview: Ducks Conclude Road Trip Tonight in Arizona

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

PHOENIX -- The Ducks (23-13-8, 54 pts.) conclude a two-game road trip against the Arizona Coyotes (13-22-6 32 pts.) tonight at Gila River Arena (5 p.m. PT, Prime Ticket/AM 830). The Ducks, who have earned standings points in nine of the past 10 games (6-1-3), are a league-best 10-2-4 against the Pacific Division (24 of their 54 points have come against division opponents, representing 44% of their 2016-17 point production). The club's six wins and 14 points since the Christmas break rank tied for second in the NHL with Vancouver.

In addition, Anaheim has allowed the second-fewest goals in the league since Christmas with 15 (league-leader Ottawa with 14 GA has played three fewer games than Anaheim). On the penalty kill, the Ducks are 31-for-35 for an 88.6% that is tied for second in the league since Christmas. Through 44 games, the Ducks are four wins and nine points ahead of last year's pace (19-18-7, 45 pts. in 2015-16). Other comparables include goals for (117 this season to 86 last season), goals against (113 to 103), PP% (22.1 to 19.5), PK% (82.0 to 88.9) and FO% (55.2 to 51.8).

Following tonight's game, the Ducks return to Orange County for a three-game homestand that begins tomorrow night against the St. Louis Blues (6 p.m. PT). The three-game home set also includes visits by Tampa Bay on Tuesday (7 p.m. PT) and Colorado on Thursday.

The Ducks and Coyotes play the penultimate contest of a four-game season series, marking the shortest season set between the two clubs since 2012-13 (four games, 1-1-2 record for Anaheim). Anaheim is 12-2-3 in its past 17 games vs. the Coyotes and own an all-time record of 69-34-19 vs. its Pacific Division rival (30-18-11 on road). The Ducks have also won four consecutive games between the two teams. The season series opened with two victories at Honda Center - a 5-1 Ducks win on November 4 and a 3-2 overtime triumph on January 6. The Ducks will travel again to Arizona to conclude the season series on Monday, February 20 (6 p.m. PT).

Winners of five of their past six games, the Ducks are coming off a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Thursday night. Four different Ducks scored, including Jakob Silfverberg, Rickard Rakell, Ryan Kesler and Corey Perry. Rakell finished the game with two points, while John Gibson turned aside 33 shots in his 10th consecutive start in goal.

The Coyotes tonight are concluding a back-to-back set that began last night with a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at Gila River Arena. After giving up the opening goal at the 3:43 mark of the first period, Arizona erupted for four unanswered goals in a 10-minute span before the period ended. Brendan Perlini scored twice, and former Ducks Peter Holland and Jamie McGinn recorded goals for the Coyotes, who won for just the second time in 10 games (2-7-1). Mike Smith stopped 34-of-37 shots against the Jets, who held a players-only meeting after the loss.

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