Up next for the Ducks is a rare set of back-to-back day games that begins today against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. (10 a.m. PT, TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: AM 830). If you think this is an early one, tomorrow's game will begin shortly after 9:30 a.m. on the West Coast against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
The Ducks are looking for their first win on this four-game road trip, which began with losses in Philadelphia (4-1) and New Jersey (3-1). Anaheim is 14-17-4 (32 points) through 35 games, and has gone 3-6-1 in its last 10. New York is 23-8-2 (48 points), and has won seven of its past 10 (7-3-0) overall. This is the finale of the two-game season series between the two clubs, which saw the Ducks snap the Islanders' 17-game point streak with a 3-0 win at Honda Center on Nov. 25.
Mathew Barzal leads the Isles with 28 points (14g/14a) in 33 games. The 22-year-old center had a goal in regulation and scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout to lift the Islanders to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday. Barzal is in his third full NHL season, all with the Islanders. Cal Clutterbuck underwent successful surgery on his left wrist after getting cut by Patrice Bergeron's skate in the game Thursday. The 32-year-old right wing had seven points (3g/4a) and a +7 rating in 33 games this season.
The Ducks have posted a 16-13-8 all-time record against the Islanders dating to 1993-94, including a 7-8-2 mark on the road. Ryan Getzlaf is averaging over a point per game against the Islanders, while leading active Ducks in career scoring against New York with 19 points (6g/13a) in 18 games.