Ducks-Blue Jackets Preview

After earning their first win on their longest road trip of the

season, the Anaheim Ducks will try to slow down a Columbus Blue

Jackets team that’s gained some confidence since returning


The Ducks will seek to snap Columbus’ three-game winning streak

as their eight-game trek continues Sunday night.

Anaheim (8-3-0) had a seven-game win streak snapped when it

opened the trip with a 4-2 loss to Toronto on Tuesday. The Ducks

followed with a 4-1 defeat to Montreal on Thursday before getting

back on track the next night with a 2-1 victory over Ottawa.

Captain Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, and linemate Pat

Maroon scored his second goal in as many games.

“Our guys did a great job responding and getting back to the

hockey that we like to play,” Getzlaf said. “After back-to-back

games you can’t ask for anything else. Our guys did a great job

parking (Thursday’s) loss and focusing on this one.”

Rookie Frederik Andersen provided a boost, stopping 26 shots in

his first NHL start, and the Ducks announced after the game that he

had signed a two-year contract extension.

“He came in and did what he had to do,” coach Bruce Boudreau

said of Andersen, called up to replace injured backup Viktor Fasth

on Oct. 18. “He made great saves when he had to make them. That’s

the sign of a good goaltender.”

Jonas Hiller could be back in net Sunday but has a 4.81

goals-against average in his last three games.

One Ducks player who won’t take the ice is Jakob Silfverberg,

who broke his right hand Friday and will miss four to six


While Silfverberg is fourth on the team with seven points,

Mathieu Perreault ranks third with nine but also could sit out

Sunday after spraining his left wrist against the Senators.

However, Dustin Penner could return after missing three games due

to a concussion.

The Ducks will next focus on trying to get past the resurgent

Blue Jackets (5-5-0). Columbus had lost four in a row heading into

a four-game homestand which began last Sunday but has won the first

three by a 12-4 margin.

The Blue Jackets scored four times in the third period Friday to

pull away for a 5-2 victory over Toronto. Marian Gaborik began that

surge with his third goal in as many games, and Brandon Dubinsky

followed with Columbus’ first short-handed score of the season.

“I’m so proud of the way we came back,” forward Nick Foligno

said of the Blue Jackets’ rebound from a winless three-game road

trip. “I know the guys were not in low spirits but disappointed

after that road swing. We needed to get off on the right foot here

on this homestand. We seem to have done that. We seem to have

gotten our confidence back.”

Anaheim is 3-0-3 in its last six matchups against Columbus but

suffered overtime defeats in each of the past two. Fedor Tyutin,

who had two assists Friday, scored the winner in a 3-2 road victory

April 17, and Mark Letestu got the OT goal in a 2-1 win at Columbus

on March 31.

Getzlaf has 32 points in his last 23 matchups with the Blue

Jackets, including eight during the Ducks’ six-game point streak in

the series.

Corey Perry has a team-high nine points in that span, including

two hat tricks, but was limited to one goal and one assist in last

season’s three matchups.

Perry had two assists Friday to remain tied with Getzlaf for the

team lead with 11 points.