A visit from the lowly Edmonton Oilers could provide the Anaheim
Ducks with another quality opportunity to continue the best home
start in franchise history.
The NHL’s only team without a regulation home loss, the surging
Ducks try for a fifth straight victory overall against the Oilers
Anaheim (22-7-5) improved to 12-0-2 at home with Wednesday’s 2-1
victory over Minnesota. The Ducks own the league’s second-longest
streak without a regulation home defeat to open a season since the
implementation of the shootout in 2005-06. San Jose started 20-0-2
at home in 2008-09.
The Ducks, second in the NHL with 49 points, are in the midst of
a 5-0-2 overall stretch – their third point streak of at least
seven games this season.
“I think everybody is doing a really good job and bearing down,”
said Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller, who made 23 saves against the Wild to
improve to 7-0-2 with a 1.77 goals-against average at home this
season. “We’re playing really solid. Right now everybody is
trusting each other. I trust the guys in front of me to do their
Corey Perry scored to extend the NHL’s longest goal streak this
season to seven games. He’s totaled eight of his team-leading 21
goals during the career-best run, and he also has at least a point
in nine straight contests (nine goals, three assists).
Teammate Ryan Getzlaf added an assist versus Minnesota to extend
his official point streak to 13 games. Getzlaf has at least one
point in his last 15 (10 goals, 12 assists) but the league
recognizes only 13 because of an injury absence early in the
“Obviously, (Perry) is an elite talent,” Minnesota forward Jason
Pominville said. “He and Getzlaf play well together, and they make
a lot of good plays. If you give those guys time, they’ll make you
Getzlaf, however, has been held without a point in five of his
last six home games against the Oilers (11-20-3) – including the
previous three. Perry has gone without a point in two straight and
four of his last five at home in the series.
The Oilers have dropped 14 of 16 overall against the Ducks, and
been held to two or fewer goals in 10 consecutive meetings. Though
both Oilers victories during that span came in Anaheim, they were
outscored 8-2 in the three matchups last season.
After totaling 14 goals during a 2-0-1 stretch, Edmonton fell
4-2 to Boston and 4-0 at Vancouver on consecutive nights. The
Oilers recorded 41 shots on goal against the Bruins, then were
outshot 40-19 by the Canucks on Friday.
“We just need to play the way we are capable of playing,”
goaltender Devan Dubnyk said. “That’s been the most frustrating
part of the whole year. We’ve shown that we’re capable and we know
what to do.”
Edmonton’s Taylor Hall has been held without a point in two
straight after he recorded five goals and three assists during the
previous four contests. He scored one of the Oilers’ two goals
against the Ducks last season.