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Preview: Ducks Hit the Road for Showdown in the Desert

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

After spending a few days at home, the Ducks are right back on the road for a game tonight against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. (6:30 p.m. PT, TV: KCOP-13, Radio: AM 830). This is the fifth road game in the past six for the Ducks, who are coming off a 3-0 victory at Honda Center over the New York Islanders on Monday night.

This is the second contest of a four-game season series between the Ducks and Coyotes, who met at Honda Center on Oct. 3 in the season opener. On that night, the Ducks earned a 2-1 victory with goals from Derek Grant and Cam Fowler, and a 32-save effort from John Gibson. The Ducks own a 76-37-21 record against the Coyotes, including a 34-21-11 mark on the road. They've earned points in eight of the past 10 against the Coyotes (6-2-2) dating to Oct. 5, 2017. Ryan Getzlaf leads active Ducks in career scoring vs. Arizona with 64 points (19g/45a) in 70 games. Jakob Silfverberg has four points (2g/2a) in his last three games at Gila River Arena.

The Coyotes enter tonight's game with a 14-8-3 record (31 points), good for second place in the Pacific Division. They've gone 5-4-1 in their last 10, including a 4-3 shootout loss against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. Nick Schmaltz paces the club with 19 points (4g/15a) and leads the NHL with three game-deciding goals in the shootout. Conor Garland leads the team in goals (10) and became just the fourth Coyotes player in the last 10 years to score 10 goals by the 22nd game of the season. Darcy Kuemper has appeared in 16 games this season and has a 9-6-1 record, 1.98 goals-against average and .934 save percentage, while Antti Raanta has a 5-2-2 mark, 2.62 GAA and .926 SV%.

For what it's worth, the Coyotes are 9-1-1 when scoring first this season. The Ducks, meanwhile, are 8-4-2 when scoring first and 6-0-1 when leading after the first period. Getzlaf leads the Ducks in points (19, 9g/10a) and assists, and co-leads in goals. He has points in a season-tying five straight games (2g/5a) along with 14 points (6g/8a) in his last 14. Silfverberg co-leads Anaheim in goals (9), ranks second in points (18) and tied for second in assists (9).

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