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ANAHEIM DUCKS (12-10-4) at
EDMONTON OILERS (10-14-1)
Start Time: 7:08 p.m. MST
Television: Rogers Sportsnet West
Radio: 630 CHED, Oilers Radio Network and online at edmontonoilers.com. Game Notes | Edmonton/Anaheim Stats Comparison | Player Head-to-Head Statistics The Edmonton Oilers look to get back on track tonight when they face the Anaheim Ducks here at Rexall Place.
Tonight is the first of a home-and-home series between Edmonton and Anaheim. The Oilers will meet the Ducks in Anaheim this Sunday.
It’s also a short one-game home date as the Oilers last game was a 4-2 setback against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver on Wednesday. Prior to that, Edmonton had won two straight and they will try and get back on the winning side of things this evening. LAST GAME: Avalanche 4, Oilers 2 After starting the season with only four wins in their first 13 games of the season, the Ducks have picked up their game in a big way in November. In its last 13 games, Anaheim is 8-3-2 and has catapulted up the Pacific Division standings.
Edmonton defeated Anaheim 3-2 in a shootout on October 28 in the only other meeting between the clubs so far this season.
Just The Facts...
Pre-Game Video... Torres, Reasoner, Gilbert & MacTavish comment on yesterday's news that the NHL approved a new scheduling matrix. 700K
Pre-game comments from Reasoner, Gilbert, Smid & MacTavish. 700K Pre-Game Audio... Pre-Game vs. Anaheim: Marty Reasoner
Pre-Game vs. Anaheim: Tom Gilbert
Pre-Game vs. Anaheim: Ladislav Smid
Pre-Game vs. Anaheim: Andrew Cogliano
Pre-Game vs. Anaheim: Dustin Penner
Pre-Game vs. Anaheim: Craig MacTavish
Pre-Game vs. Anaheim (Listen to all: Cogliano, Gilbert, Penner, Reasoner, Smid and MacTavish)
Injury Update Videos... Matt Greene talks to the media on Friday about the status of his injury. 700K Sheldon Souray and Craig MacTavish talk to the media on Friday about Souray's road to recovery. 700K Fernando Pisani and Craig MacTavish talk to the media on Friday about the possibility of Pisani playing with the team within a couple weeks. 700K Injury Updates... Injury Update: Fernando Pisani
Injury Update: Sheldon Souray
Injury Update: Matt Greene
News Updates The Other Side The Life of Brian - After struggling to find ice time in Washington, Brian Sutherby has been given new life since being acquired by Anaheim in a trade last week. ...more Item of the Game Each game, a different item is featured at The Oilers Store at Rexall Place.
Tonight's item is an Oilers Premier Jersey (regular $139.99, now $124.99).
From the Fans
Click here to read tonight's gameday thread on the Oilers message board. Odds and Ends
Oilers Live - Web Edition - Listen to this week's Oilers Live as our web guys (Andreas Schwabe, Marc Ciampa, Steve Taylor) plus Oilers manager of corporate communications Darren Krill give an update on the site and talk about the team. Listen to Podcast December Wallpaper now available! - A new month is upon us and with a new month comes new Edmonton Oilers desktop wallpaper. Follow the link to download your Oilers December wallpaper right now. ...more From the Wire
The Anaheim Ducks have been playing better on the road lately, but figuring out a way to win in Edmonton has been difficult for a while.
The Ducks will try to end their road woes against the Oilers when the teams square off on Friday night at Rexall Place.
Anaheim (12-10-4) has just one win in 14 games in Edmonton since the start of the 1999-2000 season, going 1-10-3 over that span. The lone victory came was a 3-2 shootout win on Nov. 28, 2006.
The Oilers (10-14-1) have outscored the Ducks 42-25 in those games. Edmonton, tied with Los Angeles for last in the Western Conference with 21 points, is just 6-7-0 at home this season but has won three of four on its own ice.
The defending Stanley Cup champions started this season with six straight road losses, but are 4-2-0 away from home since then. They won 4-1 in Calgary on Thursday behind 38 saves from goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere for their sixth win in nine games overall.
Giguere bounced back after being benched in the third period Tuesday in the Ducks' 4-0 loss in Vancouver. He has allowed two or fewer goals in four of his last five starts.
Todd Marchant, Chris Kunitz, Corey Perry and Rob Niedermayer scored for Anaheim, and Ryan Getzlaf and Chris Pronger each had two assists. Getzlaf, who signed a $26.5 million, five-year contract extension on Nov. 20, has six goals and eight assists over his last 10 games.
"(Getzlaf) has world-class hands, a great shot, he's big, and he's physical," Kunitz said. "We call him the franchise because that's what he is. He goes out there and plays with his heart on his sleeve."
Getzlaf leads the team with 27 points and is tied with Pronger for the team lead with 17 assists. Perry, meanwhile, leads the team with 13 goals.
"We can't wait until we're down 4-0. We have to do a better job of being ready to go," Horcoff said. "We gave them quality, quality scoring chances right in the slot. We were lucky to be down 2-0 after the first."
Roloson was yanked before the third period but made 32 saves. He had won his last two starts, ending a five-start losing streak.
"I don't look at it that way," he said when told his teammates praised him for not allowing more than four goals. "I look at the chances they got by me. I needed to keep us in the game."
The Oilers failed to score a power play goal for the third straight game and rank last in the league with just 11 this season.
"We were just running in circles out there, turning the pucks over and they were jumping all over us," forward Kyle Brodziak said. "They were ready to play and we weren't."