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Preview: Lengthy Homestand Begins Tonight Against the Jets

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

After a tough four-game road trip, the Ducks are hoping a little bit of home cooking will get them back on track. If there was ever a time to do it, it's now. Tonight, the Ducks (7-6-0) open a season-long seven-game homestand that takes them all the way through mid-November, a span of 16 consecutive days.


It starts with the Winnipeg Jets, who last played in Saturday's 2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic against the Calgary Flames at Mosaic Stadium at Evraz Place in Regina, Saskatchewan. The Jets came away with a 2-1 overtime victory to bring their record to .500 on the season (6-6-0). Winnipeg enters tonight's game having allowed just four goals in the past three games after giving up 14 in their previous three, but have also only scored two goals or less in six straight.

Co-leading the Jets with 13 points apiece this season are Patrik Laine (3g/10a) and Mark Scheifele (4g/9a). Laine ranks tied for 10th in the NHL with 10 helpers, and is on pace for a career high 68. Despite having 13 points in 12 games thus far, the 21-year-old right wing hasn't scored a goal in the past seven games and has just three assists over that span after starting the season with points in five straight (3g/7a).

This is the opener of a three-game season series between the Ducks and Jets, and one of two at Honda Center. The series will continue with a Black Friday matinee in Anaheim on Nov. 29 (1 p.m. PT) before concluding at Bell MTS Place with another day game on Sunday, Dec. 8 (12 p.m. PT). The Ducks are 17-10-5 all-time against the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise, along with an 8-6-2 mark at Honda Center. Ryan Getzlaf, who is three games shy of becoming the first player in franchise history to reach 1,000 games, leads active Ducks in scoring against the Jets franchise with 16 points (4g/12a) in 21 games.

The trio of Jakob Silfverberg, Adam Henrique and Rickard Rakell continue to get it done on the score sheet. Silfverberg enters tonight's game with five goals (and eight points) in his last 10 contests, and ranks tied for sixth in the NHL in plus/minus (+9). Henrique comes in with six goals (and seven points) in his last eight, while Rakell has seven points (2g/5a) in his last eight contests. Henrique's +9 places him in a tie for sixth in the NHL, and Rakell's +7 is tied for 18th.

Furthermore, Nick Ritchie is riding a career-tying three-game assist streak (three points), while Max Comtois has tied his career best with points in three straight (2g/1a).

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