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
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
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