NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, October 27th (All times eastern)
Anaheim Ducks (4-5-0) at Columbus Blue Jackets (3-5-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Anaheim Ducks will take aim at a fourth consecutive victory when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at Nationwide Arena.
The Ducks started the year with four straight regulation losses, but have won their last three outings to improve to 4-5-0 on the season. The winning streak began at the start of a four-game road trip, which ends this evening in Ohio.
Anaheim's most-recent triumph came in an offensive showcase Saturday in Montreal. Corey Perry scored once and added two assists, and Travis Moen notched the game-winner as the Ducks used a string of four consecutive goals to top the Canadiens, 6-4, at Bell Centre.
Chris Kunitz and Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and an assist for the Ducks. Jean-Sebastien Giguere faced 51 shots and stopped 47 of them in the win for Anaheim.
Montreal had taken a 3-2 lead early in the second period, but the Ducks took control from there and eventually opened a 6-3 advantage with their fourth unanswered tally late in the third period.
The Ducks, who are 3-2-0 as the visiting team this year, will begin a three-game homestand Wednesday against Detroit.
Columbus, meanwhile, has lost its last two times on the ice and was dealt a tough 2-1 setback Saturday at Minnesota. Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom stopped 25-of-26 shots and Columbus captain Rick Nash had a goal waved off with 11.5 seconds remaining in the game, as Minnesota edged the Blue Jackets at Xcel Energy Center.
Rostislav Klesla scored the lone goal for Columbus, which has dropped three of its last four games. Pascal Leclaire allowed one goal on 14 shots before leaving 5:24 into the second period with a sprained ankle. He was replaced by Fredrik Norrena, who made eight saves. It's is not known how much time Leclaire will miss with the injury, but Columbus has brought up Dan LaCosta from the AHL to back up Norrena for the time being.
Klesla made it a 2-1 affair at 11:34 and, with time winding down in regulation, Columbus defenseman Christian Backman let go a shot from the right point that Nash redirected in the slot past Backstrom. The goal was reviewed and overturned after the replay showed Nash had deflected the puck with a high stick.
Columbus is 2-1-0 as the home team this year after posting a 20-14-7 record at Nationwide Arena last year.
The Ducks have taken three straight, five of six and six of the last nine meetings with the Blue Jackets. Anaheim has also earned victories in five of six stops in Columbus.
10/27 11:08:58 ET