It's the final game of a six-game homestand, as tonight the Ducks host the New Jersey Devils at Honda Center. (5 p.m. PT, TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: AM 830). The Ducks enter tonight's homestand finale with wins in consecutive games and points in three straight (2-0-1).
Anaheim has gotten production and heavy minutes from some of its newest players. Acquired last Monday in the hours leading up to the trade deadline, forwards Danton Heinen and Sonny Milano have combined for five points (3g/2a) in their first two games with the Ducks. Heinen scored his first goal as a Duck in Anaheim's 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Friday and Milano posted two goals in his debut (including the game winner) in a 4-3 overtime win vs. Edmonton. Defenseman Matt Irwin has nine hits and six blocked shots in his two games with Anaheim, earning more than 21 minutes of ice time in each.
The Devils enter tonight's matchup with two consecutive overtime losses. They dropped a 2-1 final in sudden death yesterday afternoon in LA and lost 3-2 in OT on Thursday in San Jose. The Devils have gone 5-3-2 in their last 10 overall. They've picked up points in five straight (3-0-2) and finished the month of February with a 7-3-4 record - their most successful month of the season thus far. Kyle Palmieri paces the Devils in scoring with 43 points (23g/20a) and has scored 23 goals or more in each of his five seasons in New Jersey. In his first NHL season, Jack Hughes (first overall pick in 2019) has 21 points (7g/14a) and a -24 rating in 56 games.
This is the finale of a two-game season series between the two clubs, which opened with a 3-1 Devils win on Dec. 18 at Prudential Center. The Ducks have gone 17-16-4 all-time against New Jersey, including an 11-6-2 record at Honda Center. They've won three of their last four (3-1-0) and have gone 9-3-2 vs. the Devils dating to Feb. 17, 2012. Ryan Getzlaf paces active Ducks in career scoring vs. New Jersey with 11 points (3g/8a) in 19 games.
OC Animal Care Night
Tonight the Ducks will raise awareness for OC Animal Care, an open-admission animal shelter that provides temporary shelter and medical care for lost, owned or stray animals, and opportunities for the adoption of these animals.
OC Animal Care will be on-hand in the Hockey Spot from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. with adoptable animals, an information booth to educate fans about their programs and services and will be accepting fan donations of new or gently used towels or blankets, pet toys or pet food for the shelter animals.