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Preview: Ducks Host Surging Oilers Tonight

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

The Ducks (27-14-9, 63 pts.) play their final game prior to the All-Star break tonight vs. the Edmonton Oilers (26-15-8, 60 pts.) at Honda Center (7 p.m. PT, Prime Ticket/AM 830). The Ducks have gone 9-2-1 in January, marking a season high in wins for a single month this season, and have earned points in 14 of the last 16 games (10-2-4, 24 pts.). The club's 10 wins and 23 points since Christmas rank second in the NHL behind only Washington (12-1-2, 26 pts.). In addition, Anaheim has allowed the second-fewest goals in the league since Christmas with 26.

Tonight marks the halfway point of the five-game season series between the Ducks and Oilers. The Ducks are 1-0-1 against the Oilers in 2016-17, including a 4-1 win on November 15 at Honda Center and a 3-2 overtime loss on December 3 at Rogers Place. Since the start of the 2009-10 season, the Ducks have gone 25-3-3 vs. the Oilers with points in six consecutive games (5-0-1). Anaheim is 54-35-9 all-time vs. Edmonton and has posted a 28-16-4 record at Honda Center, including a 9-1-1 mark in the last 11 home games. Ryan Getzlaf leads Anaheim skaters in career scoring vs. the Oilers with 43 points (16g/27a) in 41 games. The 2016-17 season features an additional game at Honda Center on March 22 (7 p.m. PT) and another in Edmonton on April 1 (7 p.m. PT).

The Ducks return home after splitting a two-game road trip in Minnesota (5-3 L) and Winnipeg (3-2 W), the latter occurring two nights ago at MTS Centre. Despite trailing 1-0 in first period, the Ducks responded with goals from Logan Shaw (shorthanded) and Rickard Rakell within a 1:25 span. Getzlaf added a power-play goal in the third period and Jonathan Bernier finished the game with 30 saves to improve his record this season to 8-4-1.

Upcoming milestones include Corey Perry one point to 700 NHL points, Kevin Bieksa one assist shy of 200 career NHL assists, Cam Fowler one goal from tying Oleg Tverdovsky (45) for third on the franchise's all-time goals list for defensemen and Hampus Lindholm one goal from surpassing Ruslan Salei (26) for sole possession of 10th on the franchise's all-time goals list for defensemen.

Edmonton is in the midst of a three-game road trip that began with an emphatic 7-3 victory over the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday. Laurent Brossoit made 38 saves for his first career NHL victory, which gave the Oilers their first-ever season sweep over the Flames. The Oilers enter tonight's game with wins in five of the last six games (5-0-1) and seven of their last 10 overall (7-2-1). Edmonton is led by its captain, Connor McDavid, who currently leads the league in scoring with 56 points (16g/40a) in 49 games. McDavid, however, has just one point (assist) in five career games against the Ducks.

Video: Ducks preview the matchup with the Edmonton Oilers

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