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Kane back for Jets, Ducks look to extend home streak

by Eric Goodman

JETS (22-23-5) at DUCKS (37-9-5)


Last 10: Winnipeg 5-5-0; Anaheim 9-1-0

Season series: This is the second of three games. The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 at MTS Centre on Oct. 6 with goals from three different players.

Big story: The Ducks return to Honda Center on Tuesday and with a win or overtime/shootout loss can tie the 1978-79 New York Islanders for second place on the NHL list of the longest home point streak to start a season at 23. The 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers hold the League's season-opening point streak record with 26 straight games with a win or tie, as overtime/shootout losses were not part of the standings format at that time.

The Jets will be close to full strength with the return of forward Evander Kane from a cut on his hand. Kane is third on the team with 14 goals.

"Leading into [Monday], he had three hard skates, and that’s what we were waiting for," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. 'It’s that conditioning of being able to skate. So he's in the lineup [Tuesday]."

Team Scope:

Jets: Winnipeg has not lost since it fired coach Claude Noel on Jan. 12 and replaced him with Maurice. The Jets will look to extend their winning streak to four when they visit an Anaheim team they have defeated three of the past four games, dating back to when the team played as the Atlanta Thrashers.

The outlook has changed for the better since Maurice was brought on and the players are seeing better results due to the new leadership.

"The whole group I don't think was the most confident group when [Maurice] got here," captain Andrew Ladd said. "He has done a good job of building us up and letting us know we're good hockey players."

Ducks: Anaheim (79 points) remains the top team in the League with wins in nine of its past 10 games and should benefit from a brief two-game homestand against the Jets and a Stadium Series-tune-up game against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. The Ducks' eight-game winning streak ended with a loss at the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, but they bounced back with a 3-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues.

The Ducks face Western-conference opponents in eight of the next 10 games and the players are aware that the level of competition will continue to increase.

"Our division is tough," center Nick Bonino said following the win at St. Louis. "We have a lot of those games coming up. We played a lot of East teams the first half, so we're going to see a lot of the Western teams that have been playing well lately. If we can do what we did tonight, like getting early leads, protect them, and get good goaltending, we should be good."

Who's Hot: Jets rookie defenseman Jacob Trouba has three goals in the past two games. ... Ducks right wing Corey Perry has five goals and seven assists in his past eight games and will seek to extend his point streak to four.

Injury Report: Ducks defensemen Luca Sbisa (wrist) and Sheldon Souray (wrist), and goalie Viktor Fasth (lower body) are on injured reserve. ... Jets defenseman Paul Postma (blood clot in leg) practiced Monday and is questionable for Tuesday. Defenseman Grant Clitsome (back surgery), center Jim Slater (sports hernia surgery) and right wing Matt Halischuk (right forearm surgery).

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