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, Calif. — The Anaheim Ducks continue to
battle for playoff position in the Western Conference by hosting the Edmonton
Oilers on Friday.

Anaheim ended a five-game eastern road trip with a victory in Buffalo on
Tuesday. Edmonton began its California trek of three games in four nights with a
loss to Los Angeles on Wednesday. This marks the second of four meetings this
season with Anaheim winning the first in a shootout in Edmonton 2-1 on Jan.

The Ducks (26-19-10) halted a three-game losing streak with their overtime
victory versus the Sabres. Ryan Miller made 30 saves in the 4-3 win. Over the
past 10 games, Anaheim is 6-3-1.

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The Oilers (23-25-4) had won five of seven games and gained points in six of
seven before losing 5-2 to Los Angeles. Cam Talbot allowed three goals and made
23 saves in the loss. The last two Kings goals went into the empty net.

The Ducks remain in the Western Conference playoff hunt and are sitting just
outside a playoff spot via a top-three finish in the Pacific or being one of two
wild-card teams. Edmonton sits 15 points out of wild-card position.

Anaheim goaltender John Gibson may return after being injured in Boston on
Jan. 30 and went on injured reserve. Having him healthy will inject the Ducks
with confidence. Backup Ryan Miller serves as a capable option, but was chased
from the net in Montreal on Saturday after allowing three goals on seven shots
and allowed six goals versus Toronto on Monday.

Coach Randy Carlyle called Miller’s poor performances a “surprise” and told
the Orange County Register: “We went right back to him, and I thought he
performed very well in Buffalo.”

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, the Ducks hope that their leading
points-getter continues his scoring streak. Rickard Rakell (22 goals, 45 points)
has points in his last five games, including four goals.

Adam Henrique is also going well. He joined the team in a trade with New
Jersey in late November and has scored 12 goals for Anaheim, including the
winning overtime goal against Buffalo. Henrique has 32 points this season (16
goals) and five game-winning goals while with Anaheim to lead the team in that

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Carlyle said of Henrique’s play in Buffalo. “He’s scored some big goals in the
short term for our hockey club. It was a big-time shot in overtime.”

The Oilers muster elite scoring at times as well. Center Connor McDavid (22
goals, 63 points) registered a goal and an assist versus Los Angeles in the
shadow of his four-goal and five-point outburst versus Tampa Bay in Edmonton on
Monday. McDavid has seven goals in his last three games.

Edmonton needs to be ready to go when the puck drops. It allowed goals
shortly after the start of the first and second periods in Los Angeles. The
Oilers evened the game at 2-2 but could not finish.

Said coach Todd McLellan: “I thought we started a little bit slow. Obviously
getting scored on in the first shot with the face-off loss wasn’t something we
planned or wanted. We’ve been through that scenario too many times this

Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton’s second leading scorer with 14 goals and 46 points,
added: “We just need better starts in general. I think that we’ve had that
problem a lot this year where we’re kind of chasing the game. You
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it obviously shows character that we came back, but too bad we couldn’t close it

Draisaitl has points in eight of the past nine games (13 total), including a
goal versus timagehe Kings on the power play.

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