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New Jersey goes for fourth straight win; Anaheim can move into third in Pacific with point

by Dan Arritt / Correspondent

DEVILS (37-26-8) at DUCKS (36-24-12)

9 p.m. ET; FS-W, MSG+, NHL.TV


The Game

The Anaheim Ducks can move into third place in the Pacific Division with one point against the New Jersey Devils at Honda Center on Sunday.

The Ducks are tied in points (84) with the Los Angeles Kings for third place in the division, but Los Angeles has more regulation/overtime wins (37-32). Anaheim also is tied in points with the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche for the two wild cards into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference, but doesn't own the tiebreaker. The Stars and Avalanche each play Sunday.

The Devils hold the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference, one point behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first wild card, and one point behind the Philadelphia Flyers for third place in the Metropolitan Division. The Flyers host the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

New Jersey is 3-0-0 on its season-long, six-game road trip, with wins against the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators (3-2 in a shootout), Pacific Division-leading Vegas Golden Knights (8-3), and the Los Angeles Kings (3-0).


Players to watch 

New Jersey defenseman Sami Vatanen returns to Anaheim for the first time since the Ducks traded him Nov. 30. Vatanen has 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in his past 14 games.

Anaheim forward Ryan Getzlaf has 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in his past eight games.


They said it

"Got to be ready for another hungry team in Anaheim that's fighting and battling just like us to get in the playoffs." -- Devils defenseman Andy Greene

"We have to start feeling good about ourselves and find ways to build on the (two) wins we've had here as of late." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle


Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Travis Zajac -- Kyle Palmieri

Michael Grabner -- Nico Hischier -- Brian Gibbons

Jesper Bratt -- Blake Coleman -- Stefan Noesen

Miles Wood -- Brian Boyle -- Drew Stafford

Andy Greene -- Sami Vatanen

John Moore -- Damon Severson

Will Butcher -- Ben Lovejoy

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Jimmy Hayes, Mirco Mueller

Injured: Patrick Maroon (lower body), Pavel Zacha (upper body)


Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Adam Henrique -- Ondrej Kase

Jason Chimera -- Derek Grant -- Chris Kelly

Cam Fowler -- Brandon Montour

Marcus Pettersson -- Hampus Lindholm

Josh Manson -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: J.T. Brown, Antoine Vermette, Francois Beauchemin

Injured: Patrick Eaves (illness), Kevin Bieksa (hand)


Status report

Schneider is expected to start after Kinkaid made 38 saves against the Kings on Saturday. Schneider is 0-8-2 with an .875 save percentage since Dec. 29.


Stat pack

Grabner scored in each game against Anaheim this season when he was with the New York Rangers. He has three points (two goals, one assist) in his past two games. … Rakell has 12 points (eight goals, four assists) and Perry has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in the past nine games.

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