It's been a minute since the Ducks last stepped foot inside Honda Center - 20 days to be exact. This evening, they'll open their first homestand following the All-Star break against the Arizona Coyotes on Angels Night (7 p.m. PT, TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: AM 830). (More on Angels Night at the bottom of this story).
The Ducks enter tonight's game with a 19-25-5 record (43 points). They've won two of their last three, but just three of their last 10 overall. They're coming off a 4-2 loss on Monday against San Jose in their first game back from a nine-day break. Following tonight's contest, the Ducks will conclude the homestand on Friday against Tampa Bay before embarking on a five-game road trip beginning Saturday in LA.
Though it's still January, tonight's meeting is the finale of a four-game season series between the Ducks and Coyotes. Anaheim owns a 76-38-22 record all-time against Arizona, including a 41-16-10 mark at Honda Center. The Ducks opened the season with a 2-1 victory over the Coyotes on Oct. 3 at Honda Center, but have dropped the next two (4-3 shootout loss on Nov. 27 and a 4-2 loss on Jan. 2 - both at Gila River Arena). Ryan Getzlaf leads active Ducks in career scoring vs. Arizona with 65 points (19g/46a) in 72 games.
This is Arizona's first game back from the break, having last played on Jan. 18 (7-3 loss in Edmonton). The Coyotes are holding down the first wild card spot with 57 points (26-20-5). They have 31 games remaining on their schedule, which includes a grueling 14-game stretch in the month of February. Tonight kick-starts a three-game, four-night run that features a road game tomorrow in LA and a home contest Saturday vs. Chicago.
Taylor Hall has 15 points (7g/8a) in 16 games with the Coyotes this season and enters tonight's matchup riding a four-game point streak (4g/3a). Conor Garland paces the club in scoring with 16 goals and has six points in his last four games (2g/4a). His 29 career goals are the most of any player selected in the fifth round or later of the 2015 NHL Draft and the second-most among any fifth-round selection in franchise history (Thomas Steen - 1979, 264 goals).
More on Angels Night Presented by McDonald's
The night will feature a blend of the Ducks and Angels game day presentations, co-branded merchandise, Angels giveaways and many more Angels-themed surprises. Prior to the game, the team will sport a Ducks/Angels co-branded jersey during their warmups. Members of the Angels baseball club and coaching staff including Griffin Canning, David Fletcher, Ty Buttrey, Patrick Sandoval and new Angels Manager Joe Maddon will be in attendance for the pregame ceremonial puck drop.
Full details on Angels Night Presented by McDonald's can be found here.