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Preview: New Faces Expected in the Lineup Tonight as Ducks Host Oilers

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

After a wild trade deadline day that saw Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray make six moves (league high) and one waiver claim, the Ducks resume action tonight against the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center. (7 p.m. PT, TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: AM 830).

Among the players that were moved yesterday were Nick Ritchie (Boston), Devin Shore (Columbus), Derek Grant (Philadelphia), Daniel Sprong (Washington), Korbinian Holzer (Nashville) and prospect Angus Redmond (Edmonton). New arrivals include forwards Danton Heinen (No. 43) and Kyle Criscuolo, left wing Sonny Milano (No. 22), and defensemen Christian Djoos (No. 29), Matt Irwin (No. 52) and Joel Persson. It remains to be seen which of those players make their Ducks debuts tonight against the Oilers.


The Oilers were busy as well, making several moves in the past 48 hours. On Sunday, they acquired defenseman Mike Green from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Kyle Brodziak and a conditional pick. Yesterday, they acquired Green's former teammate Andreas Athanasiou (and Ryan Kuffner) for Sam Gagner and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021. They also acquired Ottawa Senators forward Tyler Ennis for a fifth-round selection in 2021.

This is the second contest of a four-game season series between Anaheim and Edmonton, which opened with a 6-2 Oilers victory on Nov. 10 at Honda Center. The Ducks have posted an all-time record of 59-39-12 against the Oilers, including a 32-19-15 mark at home. Anaheim has gone 21-5-6 vs. Edmonton dating to April 5, 2012, earning 48 of a possible 64 points (.750 points percentage). At Honda Center, the Ducks have posted an 11-3-2 mark against the Oilers since April 8, 2013. Ryan Getzlaf paces active Ducks in career scoring vs. Edmonton with 54 points (18g/36a) in 51 career games.

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