Not quite at the stage of having to clear cobwebs, but certainly feeling that way, the Ducks (9-7-1, 19 points) finally get back to action tonight after a four-day break between games. Tonight, they'll host the Edmonton Oilers (11-5-2, 24 points) on Military Appreciation Night presented by Pacific Premier Bank at Honda Center, with all fans in attendance receiving a camo hat. (6 p.m. PT, TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: AM 830).
This special game night will pay tribute to local military members and their families as well as raise awareness for military nonprofit organization United Heroes League. Like in years past, the Ducks will wear special camouflage jerseys during pregame warmups that will be auctioned off beginning tonight at 4 p.m. PT and running until tomorrow at noon PT.
More information on Military Appreciation Night presented by Pacific Premier Bank can be found here.
The Ducks are looking to break a two-game skid that includes losses on Nov. 3 vs. Chicago (3-2 OTL) and Nov. 5 vs. Minnesota (4-2). Perhaps the break came at a good time, as the Ducks played nearly every other day since Oct. 14.
"We got some good rest, some excellent reps at practice, but as a coach, you're always worried about something," Ducks head coach Dallas Eakins said. "Before, I was worried we weren't rested enough and hadn't had enough practice time, and now I'm worried we might be stale. That's what we do in our business. But I feel we're re-energized and got some necessary reps in practice. The key now is to come out and shake off a little bit of dust and get after it right away."
Yesterday the Ducks recalled defenseman Simon Benoit from the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League. If he were to play tonight (or in any game, for that matter), it would mark his NHL debut. The 21-year-old blueliner was signed as a free agent on March 7, 2019, and has collected 18 points (3g/15a) with a +14 rating and 40 penalty minutes in 74 career AHL games with San Diego. The Laval, Quebec native has also appeared in 16 career Calder Cup Playoff games with the Gulls, earning three points (all assists). This season, Benoit was one of two Gulls defensemen to appear in all nine team games.
The Ducks have posted an all-time record of 59-38-12 against the Oilers, including a 32-18-5 mark at Honda Center. They've gone 21-4-6 vs. Edmonton dating to April 5, 2012, earning 48 of a possible 62 points (.774 points percentage). In Anaheim, the Ducks have gone 11-2-2 since April 8, 2013. Ryan Getzlaf leads active Ducks in career scoring vs. Edmonton with 54 points (18g/36a) in 50 games.
The Oilers sit atop the Pacific Division with 24 points, just three shy of the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues. Edmonton is coming off a 4-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday at Rogers Place, with Mikko Koskinen earning a 29-save shutout to improve his record to 6-1-1 with a 2.18 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.
Leon Draisaitl is riding an eight-game point streak (16 points, 8g/8a) - the second time already this season he's had a streak of eight games - and paces the club with 30 points (14g/16a). Oilers captain Connor McDavid leads the NHL in assists (19) and ranks second on the club in points (27). The 22-year-old center needs one more point to reach 400 in his career (305 GP).