NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, October 27th (All times eastern)
Anaheim Ducks (7-0-2) at Minnesota Wild (8-1-0), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Two of the best teams in the Western Conference this season meet tonight as the Minnesota Wild welcome the Anaheim Ducks to Xcel Energy Center.
The Wild are 8-1-0 on the year and with 16 points lead the Northwest Division and are tied for the top spot in the Western Conference. Anaheim (7-0-2) also has 16 points and is tied for first place in the Pacific Division with Dallas.
Minnesota has won back-to-back games after suffering its only defeat of the season, a 2-1 setback in Anaheim on October 20.
The Wild's latest victory came Wednesday evening against the visiting Los Angeles Kings. Brian Rolston tallied a pair of goals to lead Minnesota to a 3-1 victory over the Kings.
Manny Fernandez stopped 35 shots while Todd White scored a goal and added a pair of assists for the Wild, who are a perfect 6-0-0 on their home ice this season.
The Wild will once again be without winger Marian Gaborik, who has missed the last two games with a groin injury.
The Ducks were last in action on Wednesday when they hosted the Edmonton Oilers and picked up a 6-2 victory at the Honda Center. Ryan Getzlaf's two goals and Chris Pronger's three assists helped lead the Ducks to the victory.
It was Pronger's first game against his old Edmonton squad, which he led to the Stanley Cup finals back in June, but his teammates managed to steal the limelight.
Travis Moen scored his first two goals of the season, tough guy Todd Fedoruk registered two points, while Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 29 shots, including several point-blank chances for Anaheim, which has won its last four games.
Anaheim is unbeaten in regulation in its first nine games this year, a franchise record.
The Ducks may have won the first meeting with the Wild this year, but Minnesota took three of the four matchups last year.
10/27 10:32:21 ET