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Preview: Ducks Host Panthers in Opener of Six-Game Homestand

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

After splitting a two-game road trip, the Ducks are back home for six straight at Honda Center. Their lengthy homestand, second only to a seven-game stretch from late October to mid-November, begins tonight against the Florida Panthers. (7 p.m. PT, TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: AM 830).

The Ducks enter tonight's contest with points in six of their last eight games (4-2-2), and have gone 7-4-2 in their last 13. Anaheim is coming off a 6-4 loss on Monday afternoon in Calgary, which put an end to a six-game point streak on the road. Following tonight's game, the Ducks' homestand will feature visits from Colorado (Friday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m. PT), Vegas (Sunday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. PT), Edmonton (Tuesday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m. PT), Pittsburgh (Friday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. PT) and New Jersey (Sunday, Mar. 1, 5 p.m. PT).


Florida is in the midst of a five-game road trip that started with a 5-3 victory on Monday afternoon in San Jose. Five different players scored for the Panthers, who avoided a third straight loss with the win. Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves in the victory, which improved Florida's record this season to 31-22-6. The Panthers enter tonight's game with 68 points, four points behind the first and second wild card spots.

Earlier this morning, they traded forward Denis Malgin to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for 6-foot-4, 220-pound forward Mason Marchment. The 24-year-old recorded one assist in four games with the Maple Leafs this season, and had 18 points (13g/5a) in 24 games with the AHL Marlies.

Jonathan Huberdeau paces the Panthers in scoring with 71 points (21g/50a) in 59 games. He earned his 50th assist in the win over the Sharks, marking his second straight season with at least 50 helpers. The 26-year-old left wing leads the team in assists, points, even-strength points (45) and power-play points (26). Evgenii Dadonov leads the club in goals (24), 10 of which scored with the man advantage (team high).

This is the finale of a two-game season series between the two clubs, which saw the Panthers earn a 5-4 overtime victory in the opener on Nov. 21 at BB&T Center. The Ducks are 16-15-5 all-time vs. Florida, including a 9-8-1 mark at home. Anaheim has points in four straight vs. Florida, including wins in three of the past four (3-0-1). Ryan Getzlaf leads active Ducks in career scoring against the Panthers with 14 points (4g/10a) in 16 games. Both Getzlaf (four assists) and Nick Ritchie (3g/1a) have four points in their last three games against the Panthers, while Adam Henrique has points in two of his three games as a Duck vs. Florida (1g/1a).

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