NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, January 15th
(All times eastern)
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (13-19-7-5) at Edmonton Oilers (17-19-7-1), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim try to put the brakes on a
seven-game winless streak tonight when they enter Rexall Place to battle the
Anaheim's latest setback came on Tuesday night in Colorado, as the Avalanche
handed the Mighty Ducks a 3-1 loss. Peter Forsberg and Rob Blake each posted a
goal and an assist to lead the Avalanche to the victory at the Pepsi Center.
Paul Kariya scored his sixth goal of the season against his former team. Due
to injuries, this was the first time that Kariya, who left the Mighty Ducks
after leading them to the Stanley Cup finals last season, played against his
former team. In the first two meetings between these teams this season, Kariya
was sidelined with an injured wrist.
Sergei Fedorov scored the only goal for Anaheim, which is 0-4-3 in its last
seven games. Jean-Sebastien Giguere allowed three goals on 18 shots for the
Anaheim, which plays the middle test of a three-game road trip tonight, has
just two wins in its last 18 road contests (2-11-2-3).
The Oilers, meanwhile, are coming off a 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers
on Tuesday. Tommy Salo needed to stop just 14 shots and four different
Edmonton players scored goals, as the Oilers skated past Florida, 4-2, at
Cory Cross, Raffi Torres, Fernando Pisani and Ryan Smyth each scored for
Edmonton, which returned home after a six-game road trip and won for the first
time in six home outings (1-3-2).
Edmonton outshot Florida 16-1 in the first period and jumped out to a 2-0 lead
on goals by Cross and Torres.
The Oilers have dominated the series with Anaheim recently, winning five
straight and losing just once in the last 12 matchups (10-1-1). The Ducks have
also struggled in Alberta, losing eight straight and 10 of the last 11
meetings at Rexall Place.
01/15 10:36:13 ET