NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, February 6th
(All times eastern)
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (25-18-10) at Edmonton Oilers (29-18-7), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers aim to continue their success versus
Anaheim tonight, as they welcome the Mighty Ducks to Rexall Place.
Edmonton is already 2-0 against the Ducks this season, having posted a 4-2
decision on October 10 followed by a 6-3 triumph on January 25.
The Oilers have won nine of the last 10 meetings and are 14-2-1 in the past 17
against Anaheim. They also tote a 10-game winning streak at home versus the
Overall, Edmonton has won four of its last five games and will conclude a
brief three-game homestand. The Oilers, who are 12-10-3 at Rexall Place this
season, dropped a 2-1 shootout versus Columbus but rebounded for a 3-1 victory
On Saturday against the Canucks, Ryan Smyth, Raffi Torres and Jarret Stoll
each scored goals, while Mike Morrison made 16 saves to preserve the win.
Edmonton is now two points of Vancouver and Calgary for first place in the
The Oilers will next host Colorado before games at Minnesota and St. Louis.
Anaheim, meanwhile, is in the midst of a four-game road trip. The Ducks posted
a 2-0 win at San Jose to start the trip on a good note.
Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 35 saves for his second shutout of the
season. Todd Fedoruk and Teemu Selanne both registered goals for the Ducks,
who have won four of their last five games.
Giguere will have a tough task with Anaheim's recent slump against the Oilers.
The 2003 Conn Smythe Trophy winner also must keep his cool in this one,
especially after his temper tantrum in the last meeting in late January.
During a 6-3 loss to Edmonton, Giguere was slapped with 16 minutes in
penalties after chasing down Smyth in front of the net. Giguere is 2-8-1 in
his career against the Oilers.
Selanne is currently riding a hot spurt, registering a 14-game points streak.
Selanne leads the Ducks with 26 goals this season and has eight goals and 13
assists during his recent stretch.
He is on the longest streak since a career-high 17-game tear in 1999.
Selanne and the Ducks will conclude their road trip at Calgary on Wednesday
and Vancouver on Friday. They will travel to Chicago on Sunday before the
league's Olympic break.
02/06 10:39:36 ET