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The Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers come into this one looking to end a 7 game losing streak.
Tonight the Ducks look to turn the tables when they face the Oilers 2-headed monster that is Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.
The Oilers played last night in a 4-0 shutout loss to the LA Kings and both goaltenders played so the Ducks are taking on a fully tired team since they all played last night (goalies included).
The captain Ryan Getzlaf was frustrated with himself after the loss to Vegas because the Ducks often go and play as their captain goes throughout the game. Here is what he said after the loss:
“We just haven’t found any rhythm,” Getzlaf said. “I’m not playing up to the point I want to play to help push this group. I have to find that. We have to find it as a group to play consistently throughout a whole hockey game.”
“We expect a lot out of ourselves,” he said. “The frustration sets in when things don’t go your way. The bounces don’t go your way. That’s part of being a pro. It gets away from you at times, and that’s part of being an athlete.”
All the injured Ducks were all at Honda Center last week and Holzer, Fowler, Rakell, Eaves, and Miller were on the ice skating and the injured Corey Perry was spotted on the bench during the morning skate on Christmas Eve. Yesterday both Cam Fowler and Rickard Rakell took part in a full practice and they can possibly return to the lineup soon and that could by tonight, Wednesday or the next game. Rakell has missed 12 games and Fowler has missed 23 games and the Ducks are looking forward to their return to the lineup.
The Ducks have posted an all-time record of 58-36-12 against the Oilers, including a 32-17-5 mark at Honda Center. They’ve managed to earn points in 26 of their last 28 games vs. Edmonton, going 20-2-6 (46 points) dating to April 5, 2012. In Anaheim, the Ducks have points in 13 of their last 14 dating to April 8, 2013 (11-1-2). The first meeting of the season between these two clubs took place on November 23 at Honda Center, a 2-1 overtime victory for the Ducks.
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