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Preview: Ducks Open Five-Game Homestand vs. Oilers

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

The Ducks (7-6-3, 17 pts.) begin a five-game homestand tonight against the Edmonton Oilers (9-6-1, 19 pts.) at Honda Center (7 p.m. PT, Prime Ticket/AM 830). Anaheim owns points in four of the past five games (3-1-1, 7 pts.) and five of the past seven (4-2-1, 9 pts.). The club is also 4-0-1 against the Pacific Division and won its past two consecutive games at Honda Center (since November 4). The Ducks will enjoy some home cooking over the next two weeks, as the club is spending the remainder of November in California with the exception of a travel day to Vancouver on the 30th.

Tonight's contest opens a five-game season series between the Ducks and Oilers. Since the start of the 2009-10 season, the Anaheim has gone 24-3-2 vs. Edmonton with wins in the past four consecutive games. The Ducks enter tonight's game with an all-time record of 53-35-8 vs. the Oilers and have posted a 28-16-4 mark at Honda Center. Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf leads Anaheim skaters in career scoring vs. the Oilers with 40 points (16g/24a) in 39 games. The 2016-17 season features two additional games at Honda Center on January 25 and March 22, and two in Edmonton on December 3 and April 1.

The Ducks are coming off a 1-1-1 road trip that ended with a thud on Saturday in Nashville. A goal given up with under three seconds remaining in the first period foreshadowed what was to come - a 5-0 shutout loss at Bridgestone Arena. Anaheim's road trip started off with a 3-2 overtime loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets and a 4-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes the following night.

After bursting out of the gate with an eye-opening 7-1-0 record in the opening month of the season, the Oilers have cooled off as of late. They come into Anaheim with a three-game losing streak that most recently included a 3-1 setback at home against the New York Rangers on Sunday. Veteran defenseman Andrej Sekera scored the lone goal that night - his first goal of the season - while Cam Talbot stopped 23-of-26 shots in the loss.

Former Ducks left wing Patrick Maroon enters tonight's game riding a three-game point streak (2g/2a) and ranks tied for third on the team in scoring with nine points (6g/3a) in 16 games. The big man has found success in Edmonton, having registered 23 points (14g/9a) in 31 games as an Oiler.

Following tonight's game, Anaheim's homestand continues with visits by New Jersey (Thursday), Los Angeles (Sunday), New York Islanders (November 22) and Chicago (November 25).

Upcoming milestones include Sami Vatanen one point from surpassing Ruslan Salei (105) for sole possession of eighth on the franchise's all-time scoring list for defensemen.

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