In just a few hours, the Ducks will hit the ice against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place in the opener of a brief two-game road trip. (12 p.m. PT, TV: FOX Sports West, Radio: AM 830). Though they're coming off a 3-2 loss on Friday against the league-leading Washington Capitals, several players (and head coach Dallas Eakins) spoke of the unity the team showed in their testy rematch. The Ducks are looking to carry some of that energy and emotion into an important road trip that concludes Tuesday in Minnesota.
"We were a true team," Eakins said Friday night. "The guys were all in it together. Lots of talk on the bench and between periods. Lots of positives. It was a true team effort. Those are heartbreaking when you can't get the win."
They face a Jets team that has 36 points (17-10-2) and has won seven of its past 10 games (7-2-1). The Jets are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss on Thursday at home against the Dallas Stars. Winnipeg is 12-6-1 against the Western Conference this season, co-leading the league in wins against teams in the West. Patrik Laine paces the team in scoring with 28 points (8g/20a) in 27 games. With an assist on Thursday, Laine reached 20 assists for the fourth consecutive season to start his career. He's already matched the 20 helpers he had last season and is the first player in franchise history to have four 20-assists seasons before the age of 22.
The Ducks and Jets have split the first two games of the three-game season series, both at Honda Center. In the opener, the Ducks recorded a season-high seven goals in a 7-4 victory on Oct. 27. The Jets responded with a 3-0 victory on Black Friday.
The Ducks are 18-11-5 all-time against the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise, along with a 9-4-3 mark on the road. Ryan Getzlaf leads active Ducks in career scoring against the Jets franchise with 18 points (5g/13a) in 23 games. Carter Rowney has two goals in the series this season, tops among Anaheim skaters.
Yesterday, the Ducks recalled center Sam Carrick from the San Diego Gulls and reassigned goaltender Anthony Stolarz. Carrick had 16 points (10g/6a) with a +11 rating in 18 games with the Gulls this season, leading the team in points, goals and plus/minus at the time of his recall. Selected by Toronto in the fifth round (144th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft, Carrick has earned 257 points (110g/147a) and a +34 rating in 410 career AHL games with the Gulls, Rockford IceHogs and Toronto Marlies.