Ducks-Islanders Preview

The Anaheim Ducks have won seven games in a row twice this


Another meeting with the New York Islanders could put this

streak in the record books.

The Ducks go for the longest winning streak in franchise history

Saturday night, when they try to beat the Islanders for the second

time in less than two weeks.

Anaheim (25-7-5) is atop the Pacific Division and just one point

behind NHL-leading Chicago. The Ducks have amassed 18 points in

their last 10 contests (8-0-2) and have tied the team record

originally set from Feb. 20-March 7, 1999, with seven consecutive


Anaheim’s latest attempt to win eight games in a row fell short

with a 4-2 loss at Toronto on Oct. 22.

This time, the Ducks are facing the Islanders (10-19-7), and

they already beat them on this current streak. Anaheim scored four

unanswered goals to rally for a 5-2 win Dec. 9, and a change of

venue doesn’t seem likely to produce different results.

Anaheim has won four in a row on the road, while New York has

dropped six straight at home.

Kyle Palmieri kept the Ducks rolling Friday, scoring in overtime

of a 3-2 win at New Jersey. The right wing, from nearby Montvale,

N.J. after being born on Long Island, became the 14th Duck to score

during the current streak, ending his 18-game drought.

“What makes this team special is the depth in here,” right wing

Teemu Selanne told the league’s official website. “It’s a good

sign. Obviously a lot of hard work ahead, but I think we have all

the pieces.”

Corey Perry leads the Ducks with 22 goals, while his 37 points

are two back of Ryan Getzlaf for the team lead. The right wing,

though, failed to get on the score sheet against the Devils after

scoring nine goals over the previous nine games, including two

versus the Islanders.

Cam Fowler, who had a goal and an assist Friday, had three

points in the latest meeting with New York, giving the defenseman

six in four career matchups.

While the Ducks are seeking a franchise record, the Islanders

are trying to avoid their first seven-game slide at home since Jan

3-Feb. 5, 2008.

They’re hoping to build on Friday’s 5-3 road victory over the

New York Rangers, winning for just the second time in 15 games

overall (2-9-4).

“I don’t think we had won too many games overall,” said right

wing Michael Grabner, who scored two goals. “We’ve got to work

ourselves back into the playoff picture. (Friday) was a good start,

but (Saturday) is another test.”

Thomas Vanek scored Friday’s go-ahead goal early in the third

period, giving him three goals and two assists in six games. That

includes getting one of each at Anaheim last week, and he has five

points in the last three matchups.

John Tavares also had two points against the Ducks on Dec. 9,

and he’s managed two goals and four assists in five career games.

The captain, though, was held without a point against the Rangers

after totaling six over the previous five games, starting with the

visit to Anaheim.