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Anaheim can extend point streak to four; Campbell, Clifford to play first game with Toronto

by Dave McCarthy / Independent Correspondent

DUCKS (22-26-6) at MAPLE LEAFS (28-19-7)



The Game

Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford will each make his Toronto Maple Leafs debut when they face the Anaheim Ducks at Scotiabank Arena on Friday.

Campbell, who is 8-10-2 with a 2.85 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage this season, and Clifford, a forward who has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 53 games, were acquired from the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday for forward Trevor Moore, a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in 2021 NHL Draft.

Starter Frederik Andersen, who injured his neck during a 5-3 loss to the Florida Panthers on Monday, skated for the second straight day, but will miss his second straight game Friday and will not travel with Toronto for its game against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. 

The Maple Leafs have lost two in a row following a three-game winning streak.

Goalie Ryan Miller will start for the Ducks, who are playing the second of back-to-back games. They lost 3-2 in overtime to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

Anaheim is 2-0-1 in its past three games and 5-2-1 in its past eight.


Players to watch

Ducks forward Rickard Rakell has five points (one goal, four assists) during a four-game point streak.

Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews has seven points (five goals, two assists) during a five-game point streak.


They said it

"I don't care if you're a team in transition or a rebuild, you're competitive people and no matter who you have in the lineup. When you go out on that ice, you expect to win. That's just the way it is. And if you don't win, you want to go down scraping and clawing, and that's part of our process here, to define who are our highly competitive people." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins

"Honestly my job is pretty simple, it's just stopping the puck. I was thinking about it during the meeting when they were going over X's and O's, I just have to worry about stopping the puck, and I talked to (defenseman) Jake Muzzin a bit about the system and playing the puck behind the net. I've got that figured out, and now it's time to have some fun." -- Maple Leafs goalie Jack Campbell


Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Jakob Silfverberg

Max Jones -- Sam Steel -- Ondrej Kase

Nick Ritchie -- Adam Henrique -- Troy Terry

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Erik Gudbranson

Cam Fowler -- Josh Manson

Jacob Larsson -- Korbinian Holzer

Ryan Miller

John Gibson

Scratched: Michael Del Zotto, Daniel Sprong, Devin Shore

Injured: None


Maple Leafs projected lineup

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- Mitchell Marner

Alexander Kerfoot -- John Tavares -- William Nylander

Andreas Johnsson -- Pierre Engvall - Kasperi Kapanen

Kyle Clifford -- Frederik Gauthier -- Jason Spezza

Travis Dermott -- Tyson Barrie

Jake Muzzin -- Justin Holl

Rasmus Sandin-- Timothy Liljegren

Jack Campbell

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Dmytro Timashov, Martin Marincin

Injured: Ilya Mikheyev (wrist laceration), Morgan Rielly (fractured foot), Cody Ceci (ankle), Frederik Andersen (neck)


Status report

The Ducks did not hold a morning skate. ... Ceci was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury and will be evaluated again in one month. ... Liljegren was recalled from Toronto of the American Hockey League and is expected to play.


Stat pack

Nylander has 11 points (six goals, five assists) during a nine-game point streak. ... Marner has eight points (one goal, seven assists) during a six-game point streak.

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