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Preview: Ducks Look to Halt Islanders' Lengthy Point Streak Tonight

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

The Ducks return home from a four-game road trip to host the New York Islanders tonight at Honda Center. (7 p.m. PT, TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: AM 830). This is also Hockey Fights Cancer Night presented by UCI Health. For the league-wide initiative, the Ducks are raising awareness for UCI Health and the Jessie Rees Foundation. (More at the bottom of this story).


Anaheim tonight will look to put a halt to New York's 17-game point streak. The Islanders have gone 15-0-2 since Oct. 12 to climb into second place in the Metropolitan Division with 34 points (16-3-2 overall). Only eight teams in the last 35 years have recorded at least one point in 18 or more straight games. They're coming off a 2-1 overtime loss in San Jose on Saturday night and conclude their three-game California road trip on Wednesday in LA.

Mathew Barzal paces the Isles in scoring with 20 points (9g/11a) in 21 games. The 2018 Calder Trophy winner has led the team in points and assists in each of his first two (full) seasons and has appeared in every game since his 2017-18 rookie campaign. Thomas Greiss and Semyon Varlamov have each appeared in 11 games this season, with Greiss posting a 9-1-0 mark (2.07 goals-against average and .934 save percentage) and Varlamov sporting a 7-2-2 record (2.63 GAA, .913 SV% and one shutout).

The Ducks are hoping the comforts of home - as brief as it might be - will get them back on track after a tough road trip that saw them go 1-2-1. Their lone victory came in the opener, a 4-1 triumph in St. Louis on Nov. 16. They followed it up with a 5-2 loss against Washington, a 5-4 overtime loss against Florida and a 6-2 setback against Tampa Bay. They've gone 2-5-3 in their last 10 and bring a 10-11-3 record (23 points) into tonight's matchup against the Islanders.

Following tonight's game, the Ducks will hit the road for a date with the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday before returning to Anaheim for a three-game homestand beginning Friday against the Winnipeg Jets.

More on Hockey Fights Cancer Night
The interactive evening will encourage fan participation in a variety of ways including the "I Fight For" cards recognizing loved ones affected by cancer (available at the UCI Health Fair located outside of the Team Store, inside the TCL Entrance and on the Main Concourse). Fans will be invited to display their "I Fight For" cards during a Moment of Recognition taking place during the first period of Monday's contest. Click here for all the details regarding Hockey Fights Cancer Night.

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