After overcoming a four-goal deficit their last time out to complete the largest comeback in franchise history, a home date with the Edmonton Oilers might not present the Anaheim Ducks with the most daunting of tasks.
The Pacific Division leaders will go for their 17th win in 20 tries against the worst team in the Western Conference on Wednesday night while attempting to inch closer to St. Louis for the West’s top spot.
The Ducks (49-18-8) padded their Pacific lead in thrilling fashion Monday in a 5-4 home overtime win over Winnipeg after trailing 4-0 midway through the second period.
"We beared down and did what we needed to do in the third period," center Ryan Getzlaf said. "That’s about all we can take out of this one. It was a character win. We were able to come back and play the way we needed to play. We’ll watch that video and learn from it. Those are two big points for us."
Nick Bonino, Getzlaf, Hampus Lindholm and Corey Perry scored in regulation, and Stephane Robidas scored 16 seconds into overtime to secure the win with his first goal since being traded from Dallas on March 4.
"It was exciting," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Hopefully this catapults us into not letting anybody off the mat."
Center Mathieu Perreault added an assist to extend his point streak to nine games while Patrick Maroon had two assists to give him eight points on a five-game streak.
Frederik Andersen made a second straight start, stopping 33 shots to improve to 18-5-0.
The win opened a three-game homestand on which Anaheim will play three of the four worst teams in the conference – Winnipeg, Edmonton and Nashville – before visiting the Oilers on Sunday. It is 4-0-1 so far in a nine-game stretch against teams almost certain to miss the playoffs.
The Ducks are 16-2-1 against the Oilers in their last 19 games in the series, including a 2-0-1 mark this season. They did, however, fall short in Friday’s 4-3 overtime loss in Edmonton despite outshooting the Oilers 51-23.
Ben Scrivens made 48 saves in his only career start against the Ducks. He didn’t mirror that success in Tuesday’s 5-4 loss at San Jose, the third time in four starts that he allowed five goals.
That could lead the Oilers (26-41-9) to start Viktor Fasth against his old team. Fasth hasn’t played since an 8-1 loss to Calgary on March 22, a game in which he suffered a neck injury, but he has returned to practice and is said to be healthy.
The second-year goaltender is 2-1-1 with a 2.77 goals-against average since joining the Oilers.
The loss to the Sharks was Edmonton’s fifth in six games, a span in which they’ve allowed 26 goals. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two goals and two assists while Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall added a goal and an assist each.
The Oilers trailed 3-1, then took a 4-3 lead before letting it slip away midway through the third.
"I thought we showed a lot of push-back," Nugent-Hopkins said. "The way we climbed back in the game was really big for us. We just have to take some momentum from it."
Eberle has nine points in six games while Nugent-Hopkins has nine in seven.
Jonas Hiller was 7-1-0 with a 1.25 GAA in his previous eight starts against Edmonton before Friday’s loss.