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Preview: Ducks Open Two-Game Homestand Tonight vs. Maple Leafs

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

After taking three of four on their recent four-game road trip, the Ducks (6-4-1, 13 points) are back home to host the Toronto Maple Leafs (7-5-0, 14 points) tonight at Honda Center. (7 p.m. PT, TV: FOX Sports West, Radio: AM 830).

Winners of four of their past five games overall, the Ducks have scored the second-most goals in franchise history through 11 games with 34 (Corey Perry's shootout goal excluded). Leading the way for Anaheim is Andrew Cogliano, who has nine points (3g/6a) in 11 games. Pacing the Ducks in goals is Rickard Rakell, who enters tonight's contest with five.

Yesterday it was announced that Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf would miss at least the next three games due to a facial injury suffered in Sunday's win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Getzlaf took a deflected puck off the face on his first shift of the game and has been placed on injured reserve. Head coach Randy Carlyle said Getzlaf remains day to day due to the swelling and will be re-evaluated Monday. The 32-year-old center co-leads the club in assists (6, with Cogliano) and ranks tied for second in points (7, with Rakell, Perry and Brandon Montour) despite playing six games thus far.

After spending the past week on the road, the Ducks will enjoy a bit of home cooking, as the club will play nine of its next 11 at Honda Center through Friday, November 24. Furthermore, with their next three road contests in San Jose (twice) and LA, the Ducks will remain in the Golden State through Saturday, November 25.

Though the Ducks have not fared well all-time against the Leafs (Anaheim is 12-22-6 in the head-to-head matchup), they took both games of the season series in 2016-17 including a 5-2 victory at Honda Center on March 3. Veteran center Antoine Vermette leads active Ducks in career scoring against the Leafs with 22 points (9g/13a) in 41 games. The Ducks and Leafs will meet once more on Monday, February 5 at Air Canada Centre.

Pacing the Maple Leafs in scoring this season is Auston Matthews, the former first overall pick of the 2015 NHL Draft. The 20-year-old center has nine goals and 16 points through 12 games, and scored his second and third career overtime goals in the span of a week on October 9 vs. Chicago and October 14 at Montreal. Matthews already has five multi-point performances and has only been held off the score sheet twice in 12 games.

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