Preview: Oilers at Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks are in the midst of their second seven-game losing streak of the season, but help may be on the way. Rickard Rakell and defenseman Cam Fowler could return from lengthy absences when the Ducks continue their six-game homestand Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers.
Rakell, who led Anaheim in goals (34) and points (69) last season, has missed 12 games with a sprained ankle while Fowler has been sidelined for 23 contests due to facial fractures. The Ducks are 0-1-2 on their stretch at Honda Center - and 0-5-2 on their skid - after dropping a 3-2 decision to Vegas on Friday. Edmonton ended a six-game slide that included five straight at home when it began its four-game road trip with a 3-1 triumph at Arizona on Wednesday, but the relief didn't last as it was blanked 4-0 in Los Angeles three nights later. The Oilers registered only 16 shots as they were shut out for the second time this season.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, Sportsnet, Sportsnet360 (Edmonton), Prime Ticket (Anaheim)
ABOUT THE OILERS (19-19-3): Alex Chiasson was back in action for Edmonton on Saturday after missing three games with a knee injury and delivered two hits in 17 minutes, 22 seconds of ice time. The 28-year-old right wing has scored a career-high 16 goals this season - his fourth in a row with a new team. Defenseman Kris Russell was held out of his 10th straight contest on Saturday due to a groin injury but could be ready to return against the Ducks.
ABOUT THE DUCKS (19-16-7): Ryan Getzlaf leads the team with 29 points despite being kept off the scoresheet in each of his last six games. The 33-year-old captain also has gone seven contests without a goal as he is one away from having reached double digits in each of his 14 NHL seasons. Pontus Aberg is tied for first on the club with 11 goals but has scored just once in his last 10 games.
1. Anaheim's Hampus Lindholm needs one assist to break a tie with Chris Pronger (114) for fifth place on the franchise list among defensemen.
2. Edmonton captain C Connor McDavid, who leads the team with 61 points, had his streak of five consecutive games with multiple points halted on Saturday.
3. Ducks general manager Bob Murray will become the fifth person in NHL history with 1,000 games as both a player and a GM on Sunday, joining Bobby Clarke, Bob Gainey, Bob Pulford and Doug Wilson.
PREDICTION: Ducks 3, Oilers 2