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Friday, March 5th (All times eastern)

Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (24-26-9-8)at Chicago Blackhawks (18-34-9-5),8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim try to hold on to their fading playoff hopes this evening when they visit the lowly Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.

The Mighty Ducks have 65 points and are in 11th place in the Western Conference. They are currently eight points behind Los Angeles for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

On Wednesday, Samuel Pahlsson recorded the first multi-goal game of his career with two tallies to lead Anaheim to a 2-0 win over Minnesota at the Pond.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped all 28 shots he faced, including 17 in the second period, to earn his third shutout of the season and the 19th of his career.

Jason Krog assisted on Pahlsson's first goal, as the Mighty Ducks won their second straight and improved to 6-2-1-1 in the last 10 games.

Anaheim opens its brief two-game road trip tonight before travelling to Pittsburgh on Saturday.

The Blackhawks, meanwhile, were handed a 5-3 setback by the Tampa Bay Lightning at the United Center on Wednesday. Brad Richards finished with a goal and two assists to lead Tampa Bay.

Mark Bell, Kyle Calder and Tuomo Ruutu scored for the Blackhawks, who are winless in their last four (0-2-2). Adam Munro stopped 24 shots in his second NHL game.

On the injury front, the Blackhawks lost Calder for the season when he broke his left fibula late in the game.

The Blackhawks are not in the playoff race and currently reside in last place in the Western Conference with 50 points.

Chicago plays the middle test of its three-game homestand tonight and welcomes Edmonton on Sunday.

The Ducks are 5-1-2 in their last eight matchups with Chicago, but have lost in three of their previous five trips to the Windy City.

03/05 10:24:13 ET

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