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).
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.