Preview: Ducks at Blackhawks
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[October 28, 2014]
Now that their seven-game winning
streak is history, the Anaheim Ducks will hit the road for a rugged
four-game trek beginning with Tuesday night's matchup at the Chicago
Blackhawks. Anaheim's bid for a perfect five-game homestand was derailed
in Sunday's 4-1 setback to the San Jose Sharks - the first defeat for
the Ducks since a season-opening setback in Pittsburgh. "We've been
playing pretty good hockey as of late, and you're going to play one of
these kinds of games once in a while," Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf
The Blackhawks snapped a two-game road skid against Central
Division rivals Nashville and St. Louis with a 2-1 victory over
Ottawa on Sunday - their third straight one-goal contest. With
starting netminder Corey Crawford sitting out his fourth consecutive
game due to an upper-body injury, Chicago received a lift from
Illinois native Scott Darling, who made 32 saves against Ottawa in
his NHL debut. The Blackhawks won the past two meetings last season,
ending a string of five consecutive losses to Anaheim.
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, Prime Ticket (Anaheim), CSN Chicago
ABOUT THE DUCKS (7-2-0): Anaheim also won seven of its first eight
last season but it faces a grueling upcoming stretch with road games
against the Blackhawks, St. Louis, Dallas and Colorado - all
playoffs teams in 2013-14. "You look at this trip as one of the
toughest we'll face all year," defenseman Cam Fowler said. "Those
are tough buildings to go in and play. ... They're not only playoff
teams, but they play really well at home, and all of them have a
different style too." Frederik Andersen, who won his first six
starts, had his personal 10-game winning streak halted by San Jose.
ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (5-2-1): Chicago right wing Patrick Kane
registered his 500th career point Sunday, which, coming in his 522nd
game, made him the ninth-fastest active player to reach that
milestone. Teammate Marian Hossa also had an assist in the game to
move him within two points of reaching 1,000 for his career.
"“Hopefully there are many more to come. It’s a pretty cool
milestone to get that," Kane said of his 500th point. "It’s been a
great run in the time I've been here. In a couple games, or maybe
next game, we’ll get a better milestone when big Hoss reaches 1,000.
That’ll be exciting, too.”
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1. The Blackhawks have the league's No. 3 penalty-killing unit,
allowing two goals on 25 chances.
2. Ducks D Ben Lovejoy will be sidelined for six to eight weeks due
to a fractured bone in his finger.
3. Blackhawks F Patrick Sharp has 14 goals in 28 games versus
PREDICTION: Blackhawks 3, Ducks 2
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