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At the Rink: Oilers at Ducks

by Curtis Zupke

ANAHEIM -- The recent uptick in production for right wing Jakob Silfverberg is coming at the right time for the Anaheim Ducks.

Silfverberg brings a two-game goal-scoring streak and four-game point streak into Wednesday, when the Ducks play the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center. It will be Anaheim’s seventh game without right wing Corey Perry, their leading goal-scorer and second-leading point producer, who is out 3-4 weeks with a sprained knee.

Silfverberg had one goal in his first 27 games, although the opportunities were there.

"I feel like the last month I've been having a lot of good chances," Silfverberg said. "I've been working really hard and the last couple of games it's been paying off and that's nice. But over the course of the last 15 games I feel like I've played really good."

Silfverberg has three goals in 29 games, a disappointing number for the principal player Anaheim received from the Ottawa Senators in the trade for right wing Bobby Ryan. It took Silfverberg 17 games to score his first goal this season.

"You try not to get frustrated, but of course it's something you can't really get away from," Silfverberg said. "You want to score goals. It took me a while to get that first one and then it took me a while to get that second one too. But it's just a matter of staying with it and not getting too upset about it."

Right wing Devante Smith-Pelly is expected to take Perry's place on the top line, but replacing Perry isn't all on his shoulders.

"It's probably going to end up being scoring by committee," Smith-Pelly said. "You can't really replace a guy like that with one guy. I think it's going to take everyone to pick up the slack."

The Ducks are 2-0-4 without Perry, who missed games earlier this season because of the mumps. They have 184 man-games lost to injury and still have an NHL-best 41 points entering play Wednesday.

"It's a good confidence boost for everyone, knowing without top [defensemen] and top forwards we can still perform pretty well," Smith-Pelly said. "It makes us excited to see what can happen when we have everybody."

Edmonton did not skate after it lost to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, so it is unclear what changes it might make. The Oilers are 1-8-4 in their past 13 games and have scored 14 goals in their past nine games.

Here are the projected lineups:


Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Tyler Pitlick

Nail Yakupov - Leon Draisaitl - Jordan Eberle

David Perron - Mark Arcobello - Teddy Purcell

Luke Gazdic - Matt Hendricks - Steven Pinizzotto

Andrew Ference - Jeff Petry

Keith Aulie - Justin Schultz

Oscar Klefbom - Mark Fayne

Viktor Fasth

Ben Scrivens

Scratched: Brandon Davidson, Boyd Gordon, Jesse Joensuu

Injured: Nikita Nikitin (back), Benoit Pouliot (foot)


Rene Bourque - Ryan Getzlaf - Devante Smith-Pelly

Matt Beleskey - Ryan Kesler - Kyle Palmieri

Andrew Cogliano - Rickard Rakell - Jakob Silfverberg

Patrick Maroon - Nate Thompson - Tim Jackman

Cam Fowler - Josh Manson

Hampus Lindholm - Mark Fistric

Clayton Stoner - Sami Vatanen

Frederik Andersen

Igor Bobkov

Scratched: Chris Wagner, Colby Robak

Injured: Corey Perry (knee), Ben Lovejoy (finger), Francois Beauchemin (finger), Eric Brewer (foot), John Gibson (groin), Jason LaBarbera (hand), Dany Heatley (groin)

Status report: Robak stayed out with the extras so it appears Fistric will return to the lineup. … Andersen will make his 16th consecutive start. … Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau did not have a timetable for newly signed goalie Ilya Bryzgalov's stint in the American Hockey League. … Lovejoy could return this weekend, Boudreau said. … The Ducks confirmed Heatley had groin surgery last month. … Fasth is expected to start in goal for the Oilers. He is 1-1-0 against his former team.

Who’s hot: Getzlaf had three assists in his most recent game, Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets, and has 10 points in his past five games. … Perron has three goals and two assists during his five-game point streak.

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