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Preview: Homestand Continues Tonight vs. New Jersey

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

The Ducks (8-6-3, 19 pts.) continue a season-high five-game homestand vs. New Jersey (9-3-3, 21 pts.) this evening at Honda Center (7 p.m. PT, Prime Ticket/AM 830). Anaheim has won three straight games at home (outscoring opponents 13-3) and earned points in five of its past six games overall (4-1-1, 9 pts.) and six of the past eight (5-2-1, 11 pts.). The Ducks earned their eighth win of the season in their most recent game two nights ago against the Edmonton Oilers, five games earlier than the 2015-16 club (eighth win in Game 22; 8-10-4).

Tonight's contest concludes the two-game season series between these two clubs. Anaheim has won five of the past six games (5-1-0) against New Jersey since Dec. 20, 2013 and earned standings points in seven of the past eight (12 pts., 5-1-2) dating to Feb. 17, 2012. Anaheim had a club-record five-game winning streak against New Jersey snapped in a 2-1 defeat at Prudential Center in the first meeting of the 2016-17 season on October 18. The result marked New Jersey's first win over Anaheim since Nov. 20, 2013 and the first at Prudential Center since Feb. 17, 2012. Sami Vatanen scored the Ducks' lone goal for his first tally of the season and 100th point of his NHL career in the loss.

Anaheim owns a 13-14-4 record in the all-time series, including an 8-6-2 mark at Honda Center. Veteran center Antoine Vermette has 13 points (5g/8a) in 25 career games against New Jersey, tops among active Ducks skaters.

The Ducks enter tonight's game fresh off a 4-1 victory over the Oilers on Tuesday night at Honda Center. Eleven different Ducks earned points that night including goaltender John Gibson, whose kick save with his left leg spearheaded a breakout and stood as the secondary helper on Cam Fowler's goal. It was a bounce-back victory for Anaheim, which returned home following a mediocre 1-1-1 road trip that ended with a 5-0 shutout loss in Nashville on Saturday.

New Jersey is also feeling victorious after coming out of Dallas with a 2-1 overtime victory on Tuesday. Damon Severson opened the scoring and Adam Henrique converted a 2-on-1 just 44 seconds into OT to give New Jersey its fifth consecutive victory.

Tonight's game marks the second stop of a four-game road trip for the Devils, who continue on with games on Saturday in LA and Monday in San Jose.

The Devils were dealt some unfortunate news yesterday when it was announced left wing Taylor Hall is expected to miss 3-4 weeks following arthroscopic surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee. The 25-year-old last played on November 12 against the Buffalo Sabres. Hall, of course, scored his first two goals as a Devil in New Jersey's 2-1 victory over the Ducks in October.

Yesterday the Ducks traded center Michael Sgarbossa to the Florida Panthers in exchange for right wing Logan Shaw. The 24-year-old recorded seven points (5g/2a) with 13 penalty minutes in 53 career NHL games with Panthers last season. He made his NHL debut and Stanley Cup Playoff debut in 2015-16, playing three First Round games against the New York Islanders. Selected by Florida in the third round (76th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Shaw tallied six points (4g/2a) in 13 games with the Springfield Thunderbirds of the American Hockey League this season. At the time of the trade, Shaw co-led Springfield in goals and ranked third in shots on net (30).

The Ducks are spending the remainder of November in California with the exception of a travel day to Vancouver on the 30th. Along with tonight's contest with New Jersey, the homestand will feature visits by Los Angeles (Sunday), New York Islanders (next Tuesday) and Chicago (next Friday). The Ducks will also play five consecutive home games from January 1-10, beginning with their first New Year's Day home game in franchise history against Philadelphia.

Video: Ducks preview the matchup with the New Jersey Devils

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