The Anaheim Ducks didn’t lose at home in regulation all season until last week. Now they’d like to just win two in a row there.
Having bounced back from their second regulation home defeat in eight days, the league-leading Ducks look to extend the Dallas Stars’ road losing streak to six games Saturday night.
Anaheim had been 20-0-2 at the Honda Center and riding a 10-game home winning streak before losing to Winnipeg on Jan. 21. As they did following that game, beating Los Angeles two nights later, the Ducks rebounded from Tuesday’s 4-2 home loss to Minnesota and improved to 1-1-0 on a five-game homestand with a 5-3 win over Philadelphia on Thursday.
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"We preach about it a lot, bouncing back after a loss," coach Bruce Boudreau told the NHL’s official website. "When I talk about losing streaks following winning streaks, you try to make it a point to not let it snowball."
Anaheim (40-11-5) has mostly avoided prolonged slides, losing more than two straight only once this season, and has won 22 of 26 overall.
Ryan Getzlaf scored his career-high 26th goal and added his team-leading 37th assist Thursday as the Ducks matched a franchise record with 11 wins in a calendar month, also achieved in December.
Getzlaf, who has six goals and 10 assists in his last 12 games, hadn’t recorded more than 19 goals in any of the previous four seasons.
"If he shoots the puck, he’s going to score," Boudreau said. "And he shoots the puck a lot – a lot more than he’s done in the past. So consequently, he’s getting goals."
Backup goalie Frederik Anderson stopped 27 shots Thursday to improve to 14-2-0 with a 1.94 GAA, and the rookie hasn’t lost in eight home games (7-0-0). Starter Jonas Hiller has lost his last two at home, posting a 4.46 GAA.
Andersen made 24 saves after Hiller was pulled for allowing three goals on 12 shots in a 6-3 home win over Dallas (24-21-9) on Oct. 20. Hiller then yielded five on 32 shots in a 6-3 road defeat to the Stars on Nov. 26, falling to 1-8-1 in his last 10 starts against them.
Getzlaf has five points in this season’s two matchups and 10 in his last four versus Dallas.
The Stars are coming off a 3-1-1 homestand which ended with a 3-2 overtime loss to New Jersey on Thursday. They failed on all three power-play chances after scoring on at least one in eight consecutive games, and they allowed the Devils to score twice with the man advantage, including in overtime.
Dallas now hopes to snap its longest road losing streak since a seven-game slide Jan. 21-Feb. 19, 2011. The Stars are 0-4-1 away from home this month while getting outscored 18-8.
"It’s about finding consistency as a group right now," center Tyler Seguin told the team’s official website. "The halfway hump is pretty much over and now it’s time for the push. We’ve got to string some together before Olympic break."
Seguin tied Thursday’s game with 52 seconds left in regulation and has a team-leading 24 goals, including three in the last four games along with five assists. However, he’s been held to one assist in the last five road contests and doesn’t have a point in four career games against the Ducks.