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Preview: Ducks Look to Get Back on Track in Brooklyn

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

The Ducks (0-2-0) reach the halfway point of a season-opening five-game road trip tonight against the New York Islanders (0-2-0) at Barclays Center (3 p.m. PDT, Prime Ticket/AM 830). Both clubs are wrapping up their first set of back-to-backs this season.

Last night, the Ducks dropped a 3-2 final in Pittsburgh despite a 42-save effort from goaltender Jonathan Bernier in his Anaheim debut. Cam Fowler and Corey Perry scored the goals in the loss, while Ian Cole, Conor Sheary and Phil Kessel scored for Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, the Islanders skated to a 2-1 defeat against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center, with Ryan Strome tallying the club's lone goal.

John Gibson is expected to get the start for Anaheim, while Jaroslav Halak is likely in net for the Islanders.

Anaheim went 14-5-3 in back-to-back contests last year, including a 6-3-2 mark in the second game. In total, the Ducks will play 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, an increase of three from the previous season.

The current road trip features five games over an eight-day stretch, including stops in New Jersey on Tuesday, Oct. 18 (4 p.m. PDT) and Philadelphia on Thursday, Oct. 20 (4 p.m. PDT). Anaheim's October schedule includes nine regular-season games, tied for the fewest in an opening month in club history (also 1998-99). The Ducks' three home games in October also match 1998-99 as the team's fewest played in the first month of a season.

This marks the first of two meetings between the clubs this season, and tonight also represents the Islanders' 2016-17 home opener. The Ducks own an all-time record of 12-12-6 vs. the Islanders along with a 6-7-1 mark as the road team. The Ducks have won two of the last three road games vs. the Islanders, including a 3-2 victory on Mar. 28, 2015 at Nassau Coliseum. Perry's 10 points (4g/6a) in 11 games and Antoine Vermette's 10 points (2g/8a) in 27 games co-lead the Ducks in career scoring against the Islanders. These two teams will conclude the season set on Nov. 22 at Honda Center (7 p.m. PST).

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