Oilers-Mighty Ducks Preview
GAME: Edmonton Oilers (11-13-5-0) at Anaheim Mighty Ducks (10-11-4-5).
TIME: Sunday, 8 p.m. EST.
As bad as the Edmonton Oilers are right now, they always seem to rise to the
occasion against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
The Oilers will try for just their third win since Nov. 20 when they take on
the Mighty Ducks at the Arrowhead Pond.
Including a four-game sweep of last season's series, Edmonton has won the
last five meetings with Anaheim dating to the 2001-02 campaign.
Edmonton is winless in three overall (0-1-2) and is coming off a 3-3 tie
with the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday.
Despite owning a 42-21 shot advantage, Edmonton played to a draw for the
second straight night. Radek Dvorak scored a power-play goal with 7:46 left in
regulation to get the Oilers even.
The Oilers, who tied at San Jose on Thursday, have won just once in their
last nine (1-5-3) overall.
"It's nice to have a point, but we know we should have won last night and
tonight," Dvorak said. "What we have to do is keep doing what we are doing
right now and hopefully we will start winning some games. It's just a matter of
Ryan Smyth and Fernando Pisani also scored for Edmonton, which has two games
to go on a four-game road trip.
The Mighty Ducks, meanwhile, come in after failing to post their first
three-game winning streak of the season, falling to the San Jose Sharks 2-0 on
Martin Gerber stopped 23 shots for the Ducks, who had been off since a 3-2
win over the Sharks on Wednesday.
Anaheim managed just one shot in the first 11 minutes, while San Jose scored
just 2:02 into the game.
The Ducks are winless in their last 10 on the road (0-5-2-3), but have been
a different team at home, winning three straight and five of seven.