Devils' trip continues in Anaheim
Friday, 10.29.2010 / 7:00 PM
NHL.comDEVILS (2-7-1) at DUCKS (4-5-1)
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This is the first and only meeting. In their one matchup last season, the Devils came away with a 3-1 victory in Newark on Nov. 11.
The Devils have just one regulation win in 10 games and are last in goals and goals against. Meanwhile, the Ducks have righted the ship after an 0-3-0 start. They are 4-2-1 in their last seven and are returning home after going 2-2-0 on their road trip.
The Sharks beat the Devils on Wednesday night, earning a 5-2 victory that saw Joe Thornton finish with 3 goals and 2 assists. The Devils looked good during the first 10 minutes, but the wheels came off when San Jose scored three goals and took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission.
"We started out good, getting the puck deep, then four turnovers and they get their first goal off it," coach John MacLean said. "It can be done. We can get the puck in deep, then go to work on it. I mean, that's what San Jose did. That's what their big line did all night. They got the pucks down low, then got the goals off it."
They capped a four-game road trip with a 5-2 victory in Dallas on Tuesday night. They will be well-rested as they start a stretch of four of five at home. The Ducks won't leave California for a game until they play the Islanders on Nov. 10.
Bobby Ryan scored twice in Dallas and has 4 goals and 5 assists this season.
Who's Hot: Dainius Zubrus
has been a bright spot for the Devils. The right wing has 1 goal and 5 assists in his last 5 games. … Teemu Selanne is showing no signs of slowing at the age of 40. After just 1 assist in his first three games, he has 5 goals and 4 assists in his last seven.
The Devils will be without defensemen Matthew Corrente
(hand) Anton Volchenkov
(neck), Mark Fraser
(hand) and Bryce Salvador
(concussion). Left wing Brian Rolston
(groin) is also out.
For the Ducks, right wing Dan Sexton (broken nose) and defenseman Andy Sutton (thumb) are out. Defenseman Cam Fowler (neck) could return against the Devils. Left wing Matt Beleskey left Tuesday's game as the result of a boarding penalty and his status is questionable.
The Devils are off to their worst start since 1983-84, when they opened with a 1-12-0 record. … The breakaway goal scored by the Ducks' George Parros on Tuesday was his 14th career goal in 298 NHL games.