PREVIEW: Anaheim Ducks vs. Minnesota Wild (4:30p, Prime Ticket)
The Anaheim Ducks (19-19-9, 47 points) face the Wild (23-20-3, 49 points) in Minnesota on Thursday night.
Coverage starts at 4:30p on Prime Ticket & the FOX Sports App.
The Ducks have on a month-long losing streak, a franchise-record 12 in a row.
The road trip heads to Minnesota tonight to face the Wild.
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) January 17, 2019
And they received more bad news on Wednesday.
Jakob Silfverberg, who has a team-leading 12 goals, departed in the first period of a 3-1 loss at the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night with a lower-body injury. He didn’t practice Wednesday and is considered day-to-day.
Veteran forward Ryan Kesler joined Silfverberg in the locker room the following period with his own lower-body injury. Kesler was returned to Anaheim on Wednesday for further evaluation.
To prepare for the veterans’ absences, the Ducks recalled rookie forwards Max Jones and Troy Terry from the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League. Terry came into Wednesday tied for 11th in the AHL with 37 points (16 goals, 21 assists). Jones has also played 32 games with the Gulls and has produced 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists).
The Ducks have been shut out twice during the losing streak, but have also held a lead in eight games, three times by multiple goals.
Anaheim led 1-0 to start the third period in Detroit on Tuesday, but then surrendered three consecutive goals.
“It just feels like we’re holding our sticks a little too hard,” Anaheim defenseman Hampus Lindholm told reporters after the loss in Detroit. “When you come to the third period, when the other team is on us, we kind of fall together. … In this league, you have to be on your toes the whole time. You have to go after teams because every team has good scorers. If you play in your zone a lot, they’re going to score at some point.”
Minnesota rebounded from back-to-back losses to the Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers, two of the bottom teams in the Eastern Conference, with a 3-2 shootout victory against the visiting Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.
The Ducks traded veteran forward Andrew Cogliano to the Dallas Stars on Monday in exchange for forward Devin Shore. Anaheim General Manager Bob Murray said he hoped Shore would provide more creativity to an offense that ranks second-to-last in the NHL in goals per game (2.34).
The Ducks and Wild made a trade on Wednesday with Anaheim shipping forward Pontus Aberg to Minnesota for minor league forward Justin Kloos.
Aberg, 25, appeared in 37 games for Anaheim this season, compiling 11 goals and eight assists with a minus-10 rating. In 105 NHL games overall, he has 16 goals, 21 assists and a minus-3 rating.
— Field Level Media contributed to this report