The road trip continues tonight as the Ducks visit Rexall Place for a Friday night matchup against the Edmonton Oilers.
With San Jose losing in regulation last night against the Winnipeg Jets, the Ducks can claim the top spot in the Pacific Division with a win of any kind tonight. Though they would tie the Sharks in points (103), the Ducks still have two games in hand (after tonight) and have already clinched the tiebreaker. As of today, the Ducks have 45 regulation/overtime (ROW) wins to San Jose’s 37.
Even if the Sharks win their final seven games in regulation or overtime, they will end with 44 ROW, one less than the Ducks. It’s up to the Ducks to take advantage of their final 10 games of the season.
Anaheim is in the midst of a nine-game stretch against teams outside of the playoffs. The Ducks have started the right way, going 2-0 with victories against Florida and Calgary. Tomorrow, they’ll close out the road trip in Vancouver before opening a three-game homestand against Winnipeg, Edmonton and Nashville. Then, they’ll hit the road for a back-to-back set against the Oilers and Canucks.
Initial line rushes hint at Nick Bonino taking another crack at left wing on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Bonino, a natural center, saw time with Getzlaf and Perry in the third period of Anaheim’s 3-2 win in Calgary two nights ago. Jonas Hiller is expected to get the start in net tonight.
The Ducks won’t get a chance to face former teammate Viktor Fasth, who was traded to Edmonton on March 4 for a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a third-round pick in 2015. Fasth, who has appeared in four games with the Oilers, injured his neck in a collision with teammate Anton Lander during practice on Monday. Injuries have limited him to only nine games overall this season. But there’s a chance he’ll play in either of the two final games against the Oilers, on April 2 and 6.LEADING THE WAY
Ryan Getzlaf has eight games with three-or-more points this season, trailing only Sidney Crosby (13 games) in that category. Getzlaf has 63 points (24g/39a) in his last 52 games, including an official 14-game streak (6g/11a) from November 15 - December 15, the longest in the NHL since March 7 - April 7, 2012 (Pittsburgh's Pascal Dupuis, 10g/12a in 14 straight).
Getzlaf ranks second among league leaders in scoring, tied for third in even-strength goals (26), tied for seventh in game-winning goals, tied for sixth in assists, tied for 11th in goals and ranks second among all forwards in blocked shots (82). DUCKS-OILERS
Anaheim and Edmonton play the third of a five-game season series Friday at Rexall Place. This season marks the first time these two teams have played more than four games in a regular season since the 1998-99 campaign, when the clubs faced each other five times (2-3-0 record for Anaheim). The Ducks have won a club-record six straight games vs. the Oilers, most recently a 5-2 victory on Jan. 3 at Honda Center. Anaheim owns a 44-34-6 all-time record vs. Edmonton, including a 20-18-3 mark at Rexall Place. Following Friday's game, the season series will return to Anaheim on April 2 prior to the finale on Apr. 6 in Edmonton.UPDATED RADIO SCHEDULE
Please note the following updates regarding the Ducks radio broadcast for the remainder of the season.
|Day ||Date ||Opponent ||Game ||Station |
|Friday ||March 28 ||Edmonton ||6:30pm ||KFWB 980 |
|Saturday ||March 29 ||Vancouver ||7:00pm ||KSPN 710 |
|Monday ||March 31 ||Winnipeg ||7:00pm ||KSPN 710 |
|Wednesday ||April 2 ||Edmonton ||7:00pm ||KTDD 1350 |
|Friday ||April 4 ||Nashville ||7:00pm ||KFWB 980 |
|Sunday ||April 6 ||Edmonton ||5:00pm ||AM830 |
|Monday ||April 7 ||Vancouver ||7:00pm ||AM830 |
|Wednesday ||April 9 ||San Jose ||7:30pm ||KSPN 710 |
|Saturday ||April 12 ||Los Angeles ||7:30pm ||KSPN 710 |
|Sunday ||April 13 ||Colorado ||5:00pm ||AM830 |