NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, December 4th
(All times eastern)
Anaheim Ducks (10-13-4) at Minnesota Wild (11-12-3), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The surging Minnesota Wild will try to extend their longest
winning streak of the season to four games when they host the Anaheim Ducks
tonight at Xcel Energy Center.
The Wild began their winning streak by sweeping a home-and-home set with
Colorado and then notched an overtime victory Wednesday against visiting
Nashville. Minnesota hasn't won four in a row since October 11-18 of last
Minnesota picked up a 5-4 victory over the Predators thanks to Andrew Ebbett's
goal 1:26 into OT. Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne began the sequence with a
great diving stop on Greg Zanon on the right wing. The rebound kicked behind
the net where Zanon circled, then dished across the slot to Guillaume
Latendresse for a one-timer Rinne stopped. The rebound slid out to Ebbett in
the slot for an easy tap-in.
"It was a fun goal to score," Ebbett said. "Luckily the first shot hit the
post or something but the second one came right to me. I was in the right
place at the right time."
Mikko Koivu and Latendresse picked up a goal and assist each for the Wild, who
have won four of five on the heels of a four-game losing streak. Antti
Miettinen and Cal Clutterbuck also scored and Niklas Backstrom stopped 31
shots for the win.
Minnesota has a solid 8-3-1 record in St. Paul this year and is wrapping a
brief two-game homestand tonight. The Wild will kick off a five-game road trip
Saturday in Nashville.
The Ducks, meanwhile, lost their third straight contest Thursday night,
dropping a 3-1 decision in Dallas. Marty Turco turned aside 26 shots to lift
the Stars to the victory at American Airlines Center.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 34 saves for the Ducks, who are 0-5-2 in their
last seven games as the visiting club. Anaheim right winger Corey Perry failed
to dent the scoresheet, snapping his franchise-record 19-game point streak.
"We just need to do the little things better," Giguere said. "We need to play
for a full 60 minutes. There's going to be momentum switches in games. But if
you don't move your feet, you make it easy for the other team to have a
momentum switch. I think in the second we didn't move our feet, we just kind
of let them come after us."
The Ducks are just 2-5-3 as the visiting club this season and are closing a
two-game road trip tonight. Anaheim will return home for a two-game homestand,
beginning with Sunday's test against Ottawa.
Anaheim and the Wild have split two meetings so far this year, with each club
winning on home ice. Minnesota has taken three of four and seven of the last
11 encounters overall and the Ducks have dropped two straight and three out of
four at XEC.
12/04 10:50:42 ET