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Preview: Ducks Host Jets in Annual Black Friday Matinee

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

Today marks the 23rd annual Black Friday game for the Ducks in their franchise's history. The rare 1 p.m. PT home game has the Ducks (11-11-4, 26 points) hosting the Winnipeg Jets (15-9-1, 31 points) for the second consecutive season and kick starts a three-game homestand that continues with matchups against the LA Kings (Dec. 2) and Washington Capitals (Dec. 6).

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The Ducks have hosted 19 games on the day after Thanksgiving (all afternoon games at Honda Center), going 8-6-4 in the previous 18. Only the Chicago Blackhawks (10) have played more Black Friday games here than the Jets. The Ducks enter today's contest with a 10-7-5 mark overall in Black Friday games. (The Ducks lost 4-1 to the Jets last year).

Anaheim is coming off a 4-3 shootout loss two nights ago against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. It marked the first shootout of the season for the Ducks, who erased two separate one-goal deficits and even took the lead midway through the third, but the Coyotes prevailed on a game-deciding shootout goal from Christian Dvorak to earn the second point. Cam Fowler recorded a team-high two points (both assists) in the shootout loss, marking his second multi-assist game and fourth multi-point contest of the season. Fowler comes in with a season-tying four-game point streak (1g/5a), while Ryan Getzlaf brings a season-high six-game point streak (2g/6a) into today's game against the Jets.

Winnipeg is coming off a 5-1 victory in San Jose on Wednesday night in a game that saw the club score five unanswered goals. Patrik Laine led the way with three points (1g/2a), while Kyle Connor (1g/1a) and Blake Wheeler (two assists) chipped in with multi-point efforts. The Jets are 9-4-0 on the road this season and have won six of their past seven away from Bell MTS Place. Winnipeg has won two in a row and seven of its past 10 (7-2-1) overall. The Jets sit in third place in the Central Division, one point behind the Dallas Stars.

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