NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, January 16th (All times eastern)
Anaheim Ducks (22-18-5) at Pittsburgh Penguins (21-20-4), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Anaheim Ducks will kick off a five-game road trip when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins for tonight's interconference battle at Mellon Arena.
The Ducks have lost three of their last four games overall. Pittsburgh has also dropped three of its last four games and is just 2-8-0 over its last 10 outings.
Anaheim comes into tonight with a 9-8-2 record as the visiting club and has lost four of five and seven of its last nine road tests.
The Ducks recently dropped two tests on a three-game homestand and last played on Wednesday when they hosted the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings. Dan Cleary and Johan Franzen tallied 35 seconds apart in the third period, and Chris Osgood made an unbelievable glove save in the frame's late stages to preserve Detroit's 4-3 come-from-behind triumph at the Honda Center.
Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two helpers to lead the Ducks. Getzlaf, who was selected as a starter for the Western Conference All-Star team, comes into tonight with a seven-game point streak intact and has two goals and nine helpers during the run.
Corey Perry and Steve Montador each had a goal and an assist, while Jean- Sebastien Giguere stopped 29-of-33 shots in the loss.
The Penguins ended a two-game slide with Tuesday's victory in Philadelphia, but was then handed a 6-3 setback by visiting Washington the following night. Pittsburgh is 0-9-2 in its last 11 games following a victory and hasn't posted back-to-back wins since a six-game winning streak from November 1-15.
Alex Ovechkin scored twice and added an assist to lead the Capitals to Wednesday's victory at Mellon Arena. The score was tied at 2-2 after two periods, but Washington scored four times in the final period to skate away with the win.
Miroslav Satan, Evgeni Malkin and Ryan Whitney scored for the Penguins, while Marc-Andre Fleury allowed five goals on 41 shots for the loss.
Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby posted two assists and has recorded two goals and seven assists during a five-game point streak. Crosby is listed as day-to- day with a lower-body injury suffered after colliding with Washington's David Steckel during Wednesday's loss.
Crosby skipped Thursday's optional team practice and is expected to miss tonight's test.
The Penguins are playing the second segment of a five-game homestand tonight and have lost six of their last seven tests in the Steel City. Pittsburgh is just 9-10-2 on home ice this season.
Pittsburgh has taken two of the last three encounters with the Ducks, but Anaheim has won four of the previous six games in the series. Anaheim has dropped two straight and three of four in the Steel City.
01/16 14:06:15 ET