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Oilers wrap up trip by visiting Ducks

by John Kreiser /
OILERS (14-22-7) at DUCKS (24-19-4)

TV -- SNET-West (HD); PRIME (HD)

Last 10 -- Edmonton 2-7-1; Anaheim 6-3-1

Season series -- The teams are meeting for the third of four times this season. The road team has won the first two, with Edmonton winning 4-2 at the Honda Center on Nov. 21 and the Ducks taking a 3-2 shootout victory at Rexall Place on Dec. 7

Big story -- Both teams are trying to bounce back after disappointing performances on Saturday night. The Ducks, desperate for points in the tight Western Conference race, were blown out 6-2 at Phoenix and fell to eighth in the playoff scramble. Edmonton was unable to build on Thursday's win at San Jose and fell 5-2 at Los Angeles as the power play continued to struggle.

Team Scope:

Oilers -- The Oilers are going to have a tough time winning without some production from the power play. The man-advantage unit hung up another 0-fer in the loss to the Kings, going 0-for-5 and dropping to 0-for-33 since Taylor Hall scored on Dec. 23.

Coach Tom Renney is hinting that changes could be in the offing.

"We can move some people around and we can use the fourth line -- they'd probably be just as good. Third line too," he said. "There are options that a coach can use, including manpower and a combination of people, and we'll look at that."

Ducks -- It's a big game for the Ducks -- not only do they need to rebound after being whacked in Phoenix, but this is their last home game before the All-Star break. In all, they play eight of their next nine away from home.

They can't afford another second period like the one they had in Phoenix, when the Coyotes scored three unanswered goals for a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes. Coach Randy Carlyle did everything short of putting on the skates himself -- he used his timeout, changed goalies and juggled lines. Nothing worked.

"And the first line I juggled got scored on," Carlyle said. "It was just one of those nights. I don't have an explanation for it but we have to find one in a hurry."

Who's hot -- Oilers forward Dustin Penner has goals in Edmonton's last two games. … Anaheim's Corey Perry has a goal and an assist in each of the Ducks' last two games. Bobby Ryan has 6 goals and 8 points in his last four games.

Injury report -- Edmonton defenseman Ryan Whitney, out with an ankle injury, reportedly is headed for surgery. Captain Shane Horcoff (knee) hopes to be back this week. Winger Gilbert Brule is out with an ankle injury, as is defenseman Jim Vandermeer. Rookie forward Jordan Eberle is still recovering from an ankle injury and an appendectomy. …The Ducks are still without captain Ryan Getzlaf (facial fractures) and forward Aaron Voros (broken orbital bone).

Stat pack -- Anaheim has won six of the last seven games against Edmonton. … The Oilers have seven of the 10 shutouts in the all-time series between the teams.

Puck drop -- The Oilers aren't great at 5-on-5 -- they score about four goals for every five they give up -- but they're getting killed on special teams. The power play's slide has dropped them to 29th in the League at 13.1 percent, and they're last on the penalty kill at 74.5 percent. That doesn't bode well for this game -- the Ducks are fourth in the League with a 22.8 percent success rate on the power play.

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