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Anaheim hopes to avoid fourth straight loss; Andersen likely in goal for Toronto

by Dave McCarthy / Correspondent

DUCKS (21-22-9) at MAPLE LEAFS (31-17-3)

7 p.m. ET; TSN4, PRIME, NHL.TV


The Game

Ryan Kesler is expected to return for the Anaheim Ducks against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Monday.

Kesler, a 33-year-old center who has six points (four goals, two assists) in 44 games this season, missed five games with a hamstring injury.

The Ducks have lost three straight while being outscored 17-4 and are 2-11-4 in their past 17 games since Dec. 18. Goalie John Gibson , who allowed six goals on 14 shots in a 9-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, is expected to start

Goalie Frederik Andersen is likely to start for the Maple Leafs, who are 3-4-1 in their past eight games.


Players to watch

Ducks forward Daniel Sprong has four points (three goals, one assist) in his past four games.

Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews has scored in three straight games.


They said it

"Kesler is a very competitive guy. If there is one player in that dressing room that we don't have to worry about ever coming out and being in a compete mode, he takes the challenge personally, whoever he is going to play against. His challenge is to outplay that player he's playing across from and that's a huge step for our hockey club." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle

"Not to pay attention to that, that doesn't mean anything. You've got to come focused on what you can do and make sure you prepare your way just like any other night. You have to come and do your job and make sure you're ready to go." -- Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen on the Ducks


Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Corey Perry

Devin Shore -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Ryan Kesler -- Daniel Sprong

Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney -- Patrick Eaves

Hampus Lindholm -- Brandon Montour

Cam Fowler -- Josh Manson

Michael Del Zotto -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Chad Johnson

Scratched: Adam Cracknell, Brian Gibbons, Jaycob Megna

Injured: Ondrej Kase (shoulder), Ryan Miller (knee)


Maple Leafs projected lineup 

Patrick Marleau -- Auston Matthews -- Kasperi Kapanen

Zach Hyman -- John Tavares -- Mitchell Marner

Connor Brown -- Nazem Kadri -- William Nylander

Par Lindholm -- Frederik Gauthier -- Andreas Johnsson

Jake Muzzin -- Morgan Rielly

Jake Gardiner -- Nikita Zaitsev

Travis Dermott -- Ron Hainsey

Frederik Andersen

Garret Sparks

Scratched: Igor Ozhiganov, Justin Holl

Injured: Tyler Ennis (broken ankle)


Status report

Ennis took part in the morning skate, his first on-ice session with Toronto since breaking his ankle Dec. 22, but won't play.


Stat pack

Gibson has allowed three goals or more in eight of his past 12 games. … Rielly has four assists during a three-game point streak.

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