The Anaheim Ducks would like to capitalize on a brief stay at home before beginning a road-heavy stretch. Facing the team at the bottom of the Western Conference provides a strong chance to do just that.
The Ducks attempt to rebound from another road defeat by continuing their success at Honda Center when they face the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night.
Anaheim (24-19-4) ranks among the best home teams in the NHL at 16-7-1, and has won seven of eight there. The team hasn't been nearly as effective on the road, dropping five of the last seven.
The Ducks came up short as the visitor again Saturday, losing 6-2 at Phoenix.
Another home win could help them create some momentum as they prepare for a stretch of 10 of 12 on the road, beginning Tuesday in Ottawa.
Coach Randy Carlyle tried to get his team going Saturday, juggling the lines during a second period that saw Anaheim allow three unanswered goals.
"And the first line I juggled got scored on," Carlyle said. "It was just one of those nights. I don't have an explanation for it but we have to find one in a hurry."
Corey Perry continues to be the Ducks' top scoring threat, ranking among the league leaders with 23 goals while leading the team with 49 points. The right wing, who will represent Anaheim with goaltender Jonas Hiller at the All-Star game later this month, has one goal and one assist in each of the last two games while tallying 10 points over the last seven home contests.
He's compiled 10 points in 11 meetings with Edmonton (14-22-7) at Honda Center.
Hiller is likely to be back in net despite being pulled late in the second period Saturday after allowing four goals on 26 shots. He has a 1.61 goals-against average and two shutouts while starting the last eight home games.
Hiller is 6-1-0 with a 2.18 GAA in eight games versus the Oilers.
The Ducks have won six of the last seven meetings against Edmonton. Rookie defenseman Cam Fowler scored in the 10th round of the shootout to clinch a 3-2 road victory in the most recent matchup Dec. 7.
Despite that overall success against the Oilers, Anaheim is 2-4-1 in the last seven home matchups.
Western Conference-worst Edmonton fell for the 10th time in 12 games (2-8-2) with Saturday's 5-2 loss at Los Angeles. The Oilers went scoreless on five power-play opportunities and are 0 for 33 with the man advantage since rookie Taylor Hall scored Dec. 23 against the Kings.
"I can play the fourth line as a power-play unit. They'd probably be just as good -- and the third line, too," coach Tom Renney said of the power play, which ranks 29th in the NHL at 13.1 percent.
Dustin Penner is tied with Hall for the team lead with 14 goals after scoring for a second consecutive game Saturday. The veteran left wing had two assists against his former team in a 4-2 win at Anaheim on Nov. 21, while Hall was one of four Oilers to beat Hiller.
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