PREVIEW: Ducks will lean on Getzlaf (8 points in last six games) vs. Wild (6:30p, Prime Ticket)
The Anaheim Ducks have already experienced one of their best starts in franchise history, followed by one of their longest losing streaks.
They’ve also played better against teams that are off to good starts this season, and have been sub-par against those that haven’t started out so well.
Anaheim will try to continue one of those trends when they host the Minnesota Wild on Friday night at Honda Center.
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Minnesota (9-4-2) has won eight of its past 10 following a 3-1 victory at the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.
The Ducks (7-7-3) are 5-3-2 this season against teams that came into Thursday with a winning record, and 2-4-1 against teams that were .500 or below.
The Calgary Flames were riding a four-game winning streak when they visited Anaheim on Wednesday night and lost 3-2.
“That’s a reward, definitely, after the work we’ve put in the last couple weeks,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said.
Getzlaf scored the go-ahead goal against Calgary at 6:33 of the third period, giving him eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past six games.
“He was a difference maker, for sure,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.
“It’s always nice when you get to the milestones,” he told Fox Sports North.
Minnesota is 3-0-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.
Ryan Miller was solid in goal against the Flames, but John Gibson is expected to be back in net against Minnesota.
Gibson is 4-1-1 in his career against the Wild with a 1.57 goals-against average and .951 save percentage, his best marks against any team in the Western Conference.
Cam Fowler earned the 203rd assist of his NHL career against the Flames, moving him within one of Scott Niedermayer (204) for the all-time franchise lead in assists among defensemen.
Fowler had his first career hat trick in a 3-2 overtime victory against the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday, ending Anaheim’s seven-game losing streak — one shy of the team record.