NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, November 11th (All times eastern)
Anaheim Ducks (6-7-2) at New Jersey Devils (11-4-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The sizzling New Jersey Devils will aim for a sixth consecutive victory when they host the Anaheim Ducks for this evening's battle at Prudential Center.
The Devils haven't lost since October 28 and have taken eight of nine and 11 of 13 since dropping their first two games of the season. However, New Jersey hasn't exactly dominated the competition during its current winning streak, as each of the five victories have come by a one-goal margin.
New Jersey was last in action on Saturday when it notched a 3-2 victory in Ottawa. David Clarkson and Andy Greene each had a power-play goal early in the third period to lift the Devils, who overcame a 2-0 deficit en route to the victory at Scotiabank Place.
Zach Parise also netted a power-play score for the Devils, while Martin Brodeur made 19 saves in the victory.
"Our power-play was good tonight," Parise said. "We've been doing some work on it. I was able to come through, but there really wasn't too much panic when we were down 2-0. We just needed a little wake up call, and we got going after that."
The Devils went 3-for-6 on the man advantage and have tallied six power-play goals over their last three games.
While New Jersey has yet to lose in eight games on the road this year, the club has struggled to a 3-4-0 record on home ice. The Devils, however, have won their last two games as the host.
The Devils could have veteran forward Dean McAmmond in the lineup tonight after signing him to a two-way contract on Friday. The 36-year-old McAmmond, who has 431 points in 934 NHL games, would have made his New Jersey debut already if he hadn't been battling an illness. He is questionable for tonight's contest.
Anaheim, meanwhile, has won two straight and can post its longest winning streak of the year with a victory tonight. The Ducks ended a three-game homestand on a positive note Saturday, as they edged the Phoenix Coyotes at Honda Center. Mike Brown's goal in the third period was the difference in the 4-3 decision for Anaheim.
Teemu Selanne, Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry each lit the lamp for the Ducks, while Jonas Hiller made 27 saves in the win.
"It's a win, an important one," Hiller said. "We're working on playing three consistent periods."
Hiller has started the last six games for Anaheim while Jean-Sebastien Giguere has been dealing with a groin problem. Giguere will be back to serve as the backup tonight as the Ducks have sent goaltender Justin Pogge back to Bakersfield in the ECHL. Hiller has usurped Giguere as Anaheim's No. 1 goaltender and will get the start again tonight.
The Ducks, who are 2-1-2 as the guest this year, are kicking off a four-game road trip tonight. Anaheim will also make stops in Columbus, Detroit and Pittsburgh before returning to Orange County for a seven-game homestand.
Anaheim is 3-0 with a tie in its last four meetings with the Devils, but the Ducks have lost seven of nine all-time in New Jersey.
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