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More than half of Anaheim’s games have been decided by one goal, and more often than not the Ducks have come away with two points.

The same can be said in their recent meetings with the Winnipeg Jets.

Anaheim seeks a third straight win this season and fourth overall against the Jets as it continues its long homestand Sunday night.

Five of the Ducks’ previous six had been one-goal games before they fell 4-1 to the New York Rangers on Wednesday, dropping them to 3-2-0 on their eight-game homestand.

Since beating Winnipeg 4-1 on Dec. 13, Anaheim (26-10-6) has gone 5-4-1 with each victory coming by one goal and the last four decided in overtime or a shootout. The Ducks are the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss in a one-goal game, going 20-0-6 in such contests.

They weren’t able to come up with a point against the red-hot Rangers, though, allowing the first two goals before Francois Beauchemin scored on the power play midway through the second period.

”We made some bad turnovers, there’s no doubt,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. ”We gave them two goals."

The Ducks spotted the Jets (21-14-7) the first goal in the most recent meeting before All-Star Ryan Getzlaf finished with a goal and an assist. That victory marked the first in five meetings that was decided by more than one goal.

Kyle Palmieri scored 53 seconds into overtime to give Anaheim a 4-3 win in the first matchup this season Dec. 7. The Ducks have won four of the last five meetings overall.

"I expect them to be defiant because we’ve beaten them two times (this season)," Boudreau said. "They’re going to come in here on a mission."

Winnipeg had lost four of five before beating Los Angeles 5-4 in a shootout Saturday in their second stop on a three-game road trip.

"They’re a team that’s (in playoff position) right now and a team that you could potentially play in the playoffs," Ducks center Andrew Cogliano said. "So you always want to play strongly against teams in the Western Conference."

The Jets’ latest win didn’t come easily, though. They led 3-0 within the first seven minutes of the first period, then fell behind by a goal midway through the third before Zach Bogosian tied it less than two minutes later.

Bryan Little scored the only goal in the tiebreaker as Winnipeg improved to 6-1-2 in its last nine on the road.

"It’s tough to win on the road, and that’s a good win for our club," said Paul Maurice, who is one victory shy of his 500th as an NHL coach. "It’s a little confidence builder for us."

Ondrej Pavelec is likely to be back in net after getting Saturday off. He’s allowed four goals in each of his last three starts while going 0-2-1, and he’s 1-1-2 with a 3.49 goals-against average in four career outings against the Ducks.

Frederik Andersen, who is 5-1-1 with a 1.80 GAA in his last seven starts, should be in goal for Anaheim. He also will be wearing a special mask honoring Teemu Selanne, who played his final nine seasons with the Ducks before retiring after last season and will have his number raised to the rafters in a pregame ceremony.

Selanne played his first 3 1/2 seasons with the first edition of the Winnipeg Jets before being dealt to Anaheim in his first tour with the Ducks, scoring a career-high 76 goals while winning the Calder Trophy in 1992-93.