NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, November 2nd (All times eastern)
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (4-6-1-1) at Chicago Blackhawks (4-5-3-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Jean-Sebastien Giguere returns to net this evening for Anaheim when the Mighty Ducks continue their six-game road trip in Chicago against the Blackhawks at the United Center.
Giguere, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy last season in leading the Ducks to their first-ever Stanley Cup Finals appearance, has gotten off to a slow start this campaign and has posted a 1-5 record, while allowing 19 goals in those six starts.
Anaheim then turned to backup Martin Gerber, who went 3-0-1, allowing just four goals in those starts. However, Giguere was forced to relieve him last night as Gerber gave up three goals on eight shots before being lifted in the Ducks' 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders.
Rob Niedermayer scored the Ducks' only goal as they had a three-game unbeaten streak come to an end (2-0-1). The tally was his team-leading fifth and the team's seventh power-play goal in six games.
Chicago, meanwhile, stopped a three-game winless streak on Saturday, as it defeated the St. Louis Blues 3-2. Travis Moen scored his first NHL goal to cap a three-goal second period for the Blackhawks, who had scored just three goals in their previous three games
Nathan Dempsey and Steve Sullivan also scored for Chicago, while Alexander Karpovtsev posted a pair of assists.
Jocelyn Thibault made 31 saves, as the Hawks improved to 3-1-3 over their last seven.
On the injury front defenseman Jason Strudwick missed last night's game with an injured wrist and will not play tonight.
Chicago could have the advantage tonight, as the home team in this series is 5-2-2 over the last nine matchups. Anaheim, though, won all four meetings last season and is 7-2-2 in the last 11 meetings against the Blackhawks. The Ducks, though, have dropped four of their last seven in the Windy City.
11/02 10:44:39 ET