NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, January 13th (All times Eastern)
Anaheim Ducks (13-22-7) at Edmonton Oilers (16-22-4), 9:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Anaheim Ducks will try to get back in the win column tonight when they visit the Edmonton Oilers for tonight's clash at Rexall Place.
The Ducks had won three straight before dropping a 1-0 overtime decision Thursday in Calgary. The three-game winning streak was Anaheim's longest since a four-game stretch from Oct. 8-17.
Blair Jones scored the game-winner for the Flames at the 1:51 of the overtime decision. Jonas Hiller made the initial stop, but Jones followed up the shot by roofing his own rebound on the backhand for the win.
"It's a game of inches and it could have gone either way, but we didn't win it," Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We got a point, but at this stage of the game, I think we need two."
Hiller made 18 saves in the loss for the Ducks, who fell to just 3-10-6 as the guest this season. Anaheim is playing the middle portion of a three-game road trip tonight and will close the swing Sunday in Vancouver.
Hiller sat out Anaheim's previous game due to a lower-body injury and it's unclear if he'll be able to start on back-to-back days this evening. Jeff Deslauriers served as the backup on Thursday and could get the call this evening.
Meanwhile, the Oilers have lost four straight, seven of eight and 11 of their last 13 contests, but Edmonton did manage to rally for a point in its most recent defeat, which came in Wednesday's overtime setback against visiting New Jersey.
Edmonton trailed the Devils by a 1-0 score after 40 minutes, but Ales Hemsky knotted the game with his power-play marker at 8:32 of the third period. The score remained that way until New Jersey captain Zach Parise scored a power- play goal just 66 seconds into overtime to lift the to the 2-1 win at Rexall Place.
Still, the setback dropped the Oilers to 4-14-2 in their last 20 games. Edmonton also failed to rebound from a 1-6 road trip as it dropped the opener of a three-game homestand to fall to 10-6-3 as the host this season.
"We came back from 1-0 in the third. It's not like we had a 3-1 lead and gave it up," said Edmonton's Taylor Hall, who had an assist. "When you're losing going into the third and you come out with a point, it's not always a bad thing."
With talented young forwards Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle currently out with injuries, Hall has recorded a point in five straight games to lead the Edmonton offense. The 20-year-old Hall, who was selected by the Oilers with the first overall pick of the 2010 draft, has four goals and two helpers during his current point streak.
Tonight marks the first of four scheduled meetings between the Ducks and Oilers this season. Anaheim lost the opener of last year's season series before taking three straight from the Oilers, including a pair of victories in Edmonton. The Ducks have won eight of nine overall in this series and seven straight at Rexall Place.
01/13 10:59:07 ET