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Boudreau's Return to Anaheim Caps West Coast Trip

Wild coach returns to Honda Center, place he called home for five seasons

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

ANAHEIM -- The Minnesota Wild will complete it's three-game road trip to the West Coast when on Sunday when it plays the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center.

Minnesota saw its seven-game road winning streak snapped on Saturday in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings, but extended its point streak away from home to nine games, the second-longest streak in franchise history.

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau was disappointed after the game, not in the point, but in Minnesota's recent trend in allowing goals. After jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first period, the Kings rallied for two goals in the second period and one more early in the third to take a 3-2 lead.

After Zach Parise scored with under a minute to play in regulation to send the game to overtime, Kings forward Tanner Pearson redirected a pass from Alec Martinez past Darcy Kuemper for the winning goal.

For the fifth time in the past six games, the Wild has given up four goals and has surrendered 22 goals over its past six games.

"You go through these things. We need one really good game where we're back to checking everybody and not giving up a lot of good scoring chances," Boudreau said. "When we give 10 and under, we're a good team. When we give more than that, it's more difficult."

Sunday marks Boudreau's first game back in Anaheim since he was dismissed as coach following last season. He led the Ducks to four Pacific Division championships in five years there, accumulating a record of 208-104-40 in 352 games.

The Ducks have had plenty of success against the Wild over the years, especially at home, where Anaheim has won six of the past 10 meetings with Minnesota. Five of those games, however, have been decided by one goal.

Anaheim is led offensively by veteran center Ryan Kesler, who has 15 goals and a team-leading 34 points. He is one of three Ducks with at least 30 points.

Rickard Rakell has a team-high 16 goals while Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf have combined for 12 goals this season.

Goaltender John Gibson is likely to get the start. He has a 2.48 goals against average and .913 save percentage. Devan Dubnyk is the expected starter in goal for Minnesota.

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