NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, March 28th (All times eastern)
Anaheim Ducks (44-20-12) at Chicago Blackhawks (27-39-9), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Anaheim Ducks resume their road trip tonight in Chicago, where the Pacific Division leaders take on a Blackhawks squad hoping to stop a five-game losing streak.
Anaheim, which is clinging to a two-point edge on Dallas and San Jose for the Pacific's top spot, will attempt to rebound from Monday's narrow loss at Detroit. Dominik Hasek turned away all 25 shots he faced and Pavel Datsyuk netted the game's only goal as the Red Wings dealt the Ducks a 1-0 defeat in a key conference matchup.
Datsyuk whacked home a rebound off Mathieu Schneider's blast from the point less than five minutes into the second period. Detroit preserved the win by limiting Anaheim to just eight shots in the final frame and killing off a pair of penalties.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 27 saves for the Ducks, who suffered their third loss in their last four games as well as their fourth consecutive defeat on the road.
Monday's tilt started up a four-game road trip for Anaheim against Central Division clubs. The Ducks will also visit Columbus and St. Louis on the swing, and play five of their final six regular-season contests away from home.
The lowly Blackhawks are currently tied with Phoenix for last place in the Western Conference standings and are coming off a 3-2 home setback to Calgary on Sunday. The Flames' Roman Hamrlik scored the tiebreaking goal with just over six minutes remaining in the third period.
Radim Vrbata and Denis Arkhipov had the goals for the Blackhawks, whose five- game slide began with a 5-2 defeat to the Ducks in Anaheim on March 16. Nikolai Khabibulin ended with 27 saves between the pipes.
Chicago has dropped the first three tests of a season-long six-game homestand and owns a 14-19-4 record at the United Center in 2006-07.
The Blackhawks have also only posted one victory in the last nine meetings between these teams, a 4-3 shootout triumph in Anaheim on November 17. The Ducks have also won in six of their last seven trips to the United Center, including four straight visits.
03/28 10:25:49 ET