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NHL Preview: Anaheim Ducks (21-34-8) at Seattle Kraken (36-21-6)


MARCH 3, 2023 – ANAHEIM 3 vs. MONTREAL 2
The Ducks extended their point streak to a season-high five games (4-0-1) with a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens Friday night at Honda Center. The Ducks went 2-0-1 during their three-game homestand. John Gibson improved to 3-0-2 his last five appearances after he stopped 26-of-28 shots to earn his 13th win. Mason McTavish scored his 14th goal at 11:01 in the third period, marking his team-leading sixth PPG. He also extended his point streak to a career-high three games (1-4=5). Trevor Zegras recorded his 33rd assist and 53rd point, extending his team lead in points and assists. Cam Fowler earned his eighth assist in as many games, his 27th helper of the season. Jakob Silfverberg scored the game-winning goal (PPG) at 15:00 in the third period, his 10th goal of the season and fourth in his last five games (4-0=4). Jayson Megna netted his second goal of the season at 4:20 in the first period. Derek Grant recorded two assists (0-2=2), his second multi-point game of the season (also Feb. 15 vs. BUF; 0-2=2). Max Comtois and Kevin Shattenkirk each tallied assists. With the win, Anaheim earned its 200th victory in the month of March all-time, the first calendar month the Ducks have reached 200 wins in.
PP: 2-3 PK: 3-3 SF: 33 SA: 28 TOI: Cam Fowler (23:42)
Three Stars: 1. M. Mason 2. D. Grant 3. J. Silfverberg

Mar. 8 Vancouver Rogers Arena 7 p.m. TNT / Ducks Stream
Mar. 10 Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome 6 p.m. BSSC / Ducks Stream
Mar. 12 Nashville Honda Center 6:30 p.m. BSSC / Ducks Stream
Mar. 15 NY Islanders Honda Center 7 p.m. BSSC / Ducks Stream
Mar. 17 Columbus Honda Center 7 p.m. BSSC / Ducks Stream

Mar. 2 Signed RW Jaxsen Wiebe (Prince George, WHL) to a three-year entry-level contract. Acquired RW Dylan Sikura from Chicago for LW Max Golod.
Mar. 3 Acquired Brock McGinn and a 2024 third-round selection from Pittsburgh for D Dmitry Kulikov. Acquired D Andrej Sustr, C Nikita Nesterenko and a 2025 fourth-round selection from Minnesota for D John Klingberg. Acquired D Chase Priskie from Buffalo for D Austin Strand.

Man-Games Lost: 334

John Moore Upper-body Indefinite 63
Jamie Drysdale Torn labrum (shoulder) 4-6 months 55
Urho Vaakanainen Hip surgery 5-6 months 13
Anthony Stolarz Lower-body Week-to-week 11
Adam Henrique MCL sprain Week-to-week 5
Anaheim Ducks: Media Notes

TONIGHT’S GAME: The Anaheim Ducks begin a three-game road trip tonight when they face the Seattle Kraken in their second-ever visit to Climate Pledge Arena (7 p.m. PT, TV: ESPN+ AUDIO: Ducks Stream). Anaheim enters tonight with points in a season-high five straight games (4-0-1), in addition to a 4-1-2 mark the last seven contests. The Ducks have also earned points in 10 of the last 15 games overall (8-5-3) and are 9-6-3 the last 18 contests. Since the midway point of December (Dec. 15), the Ducks have posted a 14-14-5 mark overall. The Ducks begin their ninth set of back-to-back matchups tonight, posting a 2-10-4 mark overall (1-3-4 in the first contest). Anaheim continues its 14-game March schedule (1-0-1 to date), consisting of 10 home contest and four on the road. Following tonight’s game, the Ducks continue the back-to-back matchup tomorrow night at Vancouver (Wednesday, March 8, 7 p.m. PT, TNT) before concluding the road trip Friday, March 10 at Calgary (6 p.m. PT).

ON THE MOVE: At the conclusion of the 2023 NHL Trade Deadline on March 3, Anaheim made seven transactions. The club acquired LW Brock McGinn, D Scott Harrington, D Andrej Sustr, C Nikita Nesterenko, D Chase Priskie, C Dylan Sikura and LW Josiah Slavin, and added two 2024 third-round selections and a 2025 fourth-round pick.

DUCKS-KRAKEN: Anaheim and Seattle face off in the penultimate game of their four-game season series tonight at Climate Pledge. The Ducks have won three of five all-time meetings (3-2-0), including a 5-4 OT win opening night in the season opener Oct. 12 in Orange County. Anaheim’s first win of the season saw the Ducks overcome a two-goal third period deficit, with a Trevor Zegras gametying PPG and a Troy Terry OT winner as part of a career-tying three-point effort (1-2=3). Seattle earned a 5-4 victory in the second matchup of the season in Anaheim. In the first-ever meeting between the clubs at Climate Pledge Arena, the Ducks earned a 7-4 win in Nov. 11, 2021. Troy Terry (6-4=10 in five GP) leads all-time Ducks skaters in career scoring and goals vs. the Kraken, earning points in each of his five carer games against Seattle. Terry’s six goals co-lead the NHL in career goals vs. the Kraken (also Matthew Tkachuk), and his 10 points rank tied for third among all NHL skaters. Trevor Zegras (2-5=7 in five GP) is second in scoring and leads Anaheim in assists vs. the Kraken. The two teams will wrap up the 2022-23 series in Seattle Mar. 30 (7 p.m.).

Oct. 12 Honda Center 5-4 ANA OT win
Nov. 27 Honda Center 5-4 SEA
Mar. 7 Climate Pledge Arena 7 p.m. PT ESPN+ / Hulu / Ducks Stream
Mar. 30 Climate Pledge Arena 7 p.m. PT ESPN+ / Hulu / Ducks Stream

Overall @ Anaheim @ Seattle
All-Time Series: 3-2-0 2-2-0 1-0-0
Current Streak: One SEA win One SEA win One ANA win
Last ANA Win: Oct. 12, 2022 (5-4 OT) Oct. 12, 2022 (5-4 OT) Nov. 11, 2021 (7-4)
Last SEA Win: Nov. 27, 2022 (5-4) Nov. 27, 2022 (5-4) N/A
ANA Last 10: 3-2-0 2-2-0 1-0-0


Seattle 3 at Colorado 2 (OT)
Goals: Wennberg, Tanev, Gourde
Goalie: Grubauer (21/23)
PP: 0/5 PK: 2/2 Shots: Seattle 35 – Colorado 23

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 164)
Joonas Donskoi (upper body; IR) – 63 games – no timeline for return
Andre Burakovsky (lower body) – 13 games – week-to-week


Thursday, March 9: Ottawa at Seattle, 7 p.m. PT
Saturday, March 11: Dallas at Seattle, 7 p.m. PT
Monday, March 13: Dallas at Seattle, 7 p.m. PT
Thursday, March 16: Seattle at San Jose, 7:30 p.m. PT
Saturday, March 18: Edmonton at Seattle, 1 p.m. PT

• Tonight’s matchup is the third of four games the Kraken will play against the Ducks this season and the second time the teams are playing in Seattle this year. They will conclude their season series on March 30 at Climate Pledge Arena.

• A win or overtime loss tonight would give the Kraken points in four consecutive games against the Ducks dating back to Feb 11, 2022. Seattle is 2-0-1 against Anaheim during that span.

• A win would also give the Kraken their fourth winning streak of at least five games this season.

• The Kraken have scored at least four goals in four of the five games they have played against the Ducks.

• Seattle has a 9-7-2 record against Pacific Division opponents this season and have beaten each of their division rivals at least once.

• With the Kraken’s four-goal outing in their game on March 3 against Columbus, they surpassed their goal total from all of last season in 20 fewer games. Seattle has scored 220 goals in 63 games this season compared to 213 goals in 2021-22. The team’s 220 goals this season were the fifth-most in the NHL entering play Monday, trailing only the Edmonton Oilers (248), Boston Bruins (235), Buffalo Sabres (228) and New Jersey Devils (222).

• Since the start of the New Year, the Kraken are tied for second the league in wins (18) and rank third in points (38). The team’s 103 goals ranked second in the league since Jan. 1 entering play Monday.

• Jordan Eberle’s goal in the Kraken’s game on March 3 at Columbus was his 50th point of the season. It is the sixth time in his career and first time since 2017-18 that Eberle has recorded 50 or more points in a season.

• Vince Dunn, who has already set a career high with 48 points (11 goals, 37 assists) this season, was ranked in the top 15 among all NHL defensemen in assists (tied 12th), points (10th), even-strength goals (11, third) and even-strength points (35, tied fourth) entering play Monday.

• Entering play Monday, Adam Larsson, the Rangers’ Jacob Trouba and the Golden Knights’ Brayden McNabb were the only three players to have at least 160 hits and 120 blocks this season.

• Among defensemen that have played at least 70 minutes on the penalty kill this season, Will Borgen, who has totaled 95:35 of
shorthanded ice time this year, was ranked 10th in the NHL with 5.02 power-play goals against per 60 entering play Monday.

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