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League bottom dwellers battle as Ducks visit Blue Jackets

Anaheim Ducks at Columbus Blue Jackets

  1. The Ducks have not scored a power-play goal in their last 11 games against the Blue Jackets (though they have a 6-3-2 record in those games). It's the second longest power-play goal drought versus one team in Ducks history, behind their current 14-game PPG drought against the Hurricanes.
  2. The Ducks have been outscored 28-10 during their current five-game winless streak (0-4-1). This is the first time the Ducks have allowed at least 28 goals over a five-game span since Feb. 2-9, 2019, when they tied a team record by giving up 29 goals (in five straight losses).
  3. Kevin Hayes scored three goals in the Flyers' 5-2 win against the Ducks on Tuesday. It was the sixth hat trick versus Anaheim this season, tying the franchise record set in 2005-06. No other NHL team has allowed more than four hat tricks this season.
  4. Adam Henrique's current three-game goal streak ties the season high for a Ducks player, set by Max Comtois (Nov. 1-5). Henrique has had at least one three-game goal streak in each of the last eight seasons (2015-16 through 2022-23), but he has only one goal streak of more than three games in his 13 seasons in the NHL (six games for New Jersey in 2013-14).
  5. Columbus had 40 shots on goal in its 2-1 loss to the Predators on Tuesday. The only other game in which the Blue Jackets had 40 or more shots on goal this season was also against Nashville (a 5-3 win on October 20).
  6. Patrik Laine had 10 shots on goal (but no goals) in Tuesday's game at Nashville. It was the second time Laine put 10 or more shots on goal in one game in his NHL career. He had 13 shots (and one goal) for the Winnipeg Jets in their 6-3 loss at Toronto on Jan. 2, 2020.

Two struggling franchises looking for a glimmer of hope meet Thursday night when the Columbus Blue Jackets host the Anaheim Ducks.

The Blue Jackets enter the game having lost five of six. They have won just three times in their last 17, posting a 3-14-0 mark in that stretch.

The Ducks have lost five straight, including losses in Pittsburgh on Monday and in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

The two teams, along with Chicago, comprise the three-lowest point totals in the NHL.

On Tuesday, the Blue Jackets fell at Nashville 2-1 despite a third-period charge. With 16 minutes remaining, Nashville goalie Kevin Lankinen made consecutive saves on shots three seconds apart by Blue Jackets defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov and forward Cole Sillinger.

Gustav Nyquist eventually scored but it was not enough. Blue Jackets goalie Daniil Tarasov made 26 saves in his first start since Dec. 23 to keep Columbus close.

"We had 20-plus scoring chances; that's a good night," Columbus coach Brad Larsen said. "You (only) get one goal, you tip your cap to their goalie. They defend hard, they make you work for your ice, but I thought we did a good job of getting inside, especially in the third (period). You'd like to see us put a few more up on the board there, but that's how it goes."

Nyquist cut it to 2-1 at 9:01 of the third, scoring one second after a power play for the Blue Jackets expired.

"We've got to find a way to score more goals," Nyquist said. "One goal is not going to cut it. Their goalie made some saves, but it's no excuse. We've got to bear down and score some more goals, too."

The Blue Jackets went 0-for-3 on the power play and are 0-for-14 in the past six games.

Sillinger had three shots on goal and four hits in 14:16 of ice time for Columbus after being a healthy scratch for two games.

In Anaheim's last game Tuesday in Philadelphia, the Ducks kept the game close early, trailing 1-0 after one period. They tied the game 1-1 on Adam Henrique's team-leading 15th goal just over seven minutes into the second.

But the Ducks gave up the next two goals, including a short-handed goal by Rasmus Ristolainen five minutes later that gave the Flyers the lead for good. Anthony Stolarz made 34 saves in the loss.

"I think it was just execution everywhere," Henrique said. "Certainly, (we) probably could have prevented a few of the goals with mistakes that we made, whether it be turnovers or whatever it was. That's where we didn't give ourselves an opportunity throughout the game."

Frank Vatrano scored the other goal for the Ducks, who are 0-4-1 since Jan. 8, including a 4-3 loss in overtime at Pittsburgh on Monday.

Anaheim's skid marks the third time the Ducks have lost at least five in a row, going 0-4-2 from Nov. 25-Dec. 4 and 0-6-1 in a season-long seven-game losing streak from Oct. 15-28.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 18, 2023

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