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Anaheim center Getzlaf set to play 1,000th NHL game; Chicago has one win in past seven

by Dan Arritt / Independent Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (3-6-3) at DUCKS (9-6-0)



The Game

Ryan Getzlaf will play in his 1,000th NHL game when the Anaheim Ducks play the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center on Sunday.

Getzlaf, 34, is the first player to appear in all 1,000 games with Anaheim. He scored in overtime Friday to give the Ducks a 2-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks and improve Anaheim's home record to 6-1-0.

The Blackhawks lost 4-3 in overtime at the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Chicago is 1-4-2 in its past seven games.


Players to watch

Chicago goalie Robin Lehner will likely start after Corey Crawford made 40 saves against the Kings on Saturday. Lehner shut out the Ducks the last time he faced them, making 19 saves for the New York Islanders in a 3-0 win on Jan. 20.

Getzlaf has a goal in four straight games, matching his NHL career high.


They said it

"We're spending all our time in our own zone, so it gets tiring. Our goalies are getting peppered; eventually pucks are going to go in. They're doing a great job of trying to keep us in these games. But whenever we seem to get something, we let it go and take penalties and it's just frustrating. Nothing seems to be consistent right now." -- Chicago center Jonathan Toews

"I look back now a little more than I have in the past, especially at playing 1,000 games with one organization. The time I've put into this organization and the time they've put into me, my growth, is a pretty big accomplishment, and an honor for me." -- Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf


Blackhawks projected lineup

Brandon Saad -- Jonathan Toews -- Alex Nylander

Alex DeBrincat -- Ryan Carpenter -- Dylan Strome

Dominik Kubalik -- David Kampf -- Patrick Kane

Zack Smith -- Kirby Dach - Andrew Shaw

Duncan Keith -- Erik Gustafsson

Calvin de Haan -- Brent Seabrook

Slater Koekkoek -- Olli Maatta

Robin Lehner

Corey Crawford

Scratched: Drake Caggiula, Dennis Gilbert, Adam Boqvist

Injured: Connor Murphy (groin)


Ducks projected lineup

Max Comtois -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Ondrej Kase

Rickard Rakell -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Sam Steel -- Troy Terry

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Michael Del Zotto -- Cam Fowler

Hampus Lindholm -- Erik Gudbranson

Josh Mahura -- Korbinian Holzer

Ryan Miller

John Gibson

Scratched: Devin Shore, Jacob Larsson

Injured: Josh Manson (lower body)


Status report

Gustafsson is expected to return after he was a healthy scratch for the first time on Saturday. Boqvist, the No. 8 at the 20018 NHL Draft, made his NHL debut on Saturday. ... The Ducks sent forward Max Jones to San Diego of the American Hockey League on Saturday, opening a roster spot for Kase's return from a four-game absence because of a jaw injury.


Stat pack

The Blackhawks are last in the NHL with 28 goals. ... The Ducks will be playing the 2,000th regular-season game in their history since entering the NHL in 1993.

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