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Ducks hope to get back on track in clash with 'Hawks

(SportsNetwork.com) - With his club's recent struggles, Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau thinks a visit from the Chicago Blackhawks may be what his team needs to snap it out of this current funk.

Boudreau's theory will be put to the test on Wednesday night when the Ducks host the 'Hawks looking to avoid a third straight loss.

Once unbeatable through 60 minutes at home, Anaheim has gone 1-3-0 on a five- game homestand and has fallen to 22-4-2 as the hosting club this season. The Ducks have lost two straight in regulation at the Honda Center, falling 4-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday in a game that Anaheim never led.

Mathieu Perreault and Ryan Getzlaf tallied for the Ducks, who were coming off their first shutout loss of the season, a 2-0 setback to the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Frederik Andersen made 29 saves in defeat.

"We knew we were going to hit some patches here and there. It's frustrating with our effort and our start of the game. We're not ready to play. They came out and they played hard. Their goaltender played well early and we just didn't respond. We didn't keep playing the game," Getzlaf said.

Anaheim has lost two in a row for the first time since back-to-back shootout defeats on Nov. 30 and Dec. 3, and two straight in regulation since Nov. 12-14. A loss tonight would give the Ducks their longest skid since an 0-3-2 drought from Nov. 12-20.

Though the Ducks still lead the San Jose Sharks by nine points for first place in the Pacific Division, this current hiccup has allowed the Blackhawks to stay within three points of Anaheim for the best record in the NHL.

Chicago can make it just a one-point margin with a regulation win tonight if Anaheim doesn't get things together soon.

"It's probably great that Chicago is coming in. It's a team that if we don't play up to our best level, we're going to get our butts kicked," noted Boudreau after Anaheim's loss on Monday. "It's never good to see Chicago because they're a great team, but it's maybe something we need."

The Blackhawks could use some more victories themselves as Monday's 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings was just their second in the past seven games (2-2-3).

It was an emotional victory for Patrick Kane, who had two goals and an assist just hours after finding out that his grandfather had passed away.

"It was a tough day overall," said a tear-filled Kane afterwards. "He was one of my great friends growing up and it is just a really sad day. It was important to get the win but any time you get someone taken away from you that was so close to you, that means so much, it was tough to hear that right before the game."

Bryan Bickell, Marcus Kruger and Nick Leddy also scored for the Blackhawks, who are 2-0-2 on a seven-game road trip and two points up on St. Louis for first place in the Central Division. Corey Crawford had 31 saves.

The Blackhawks will visit the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday, then end their swing versus the New York Rangers on Feb. 27 in their first game back from the Olympic break.

Anaheim visits Nashville on Saturday before going on hiatus for the Winter Games.

The Ducks had won five straight over the Blackhawks following a victory in Chicago on Dec. 6, the first of three meetings this season, but the 'Hawks responded with a home victory on Jan. 17,

Anaheim has won three of four and nine of the last 12 meetings in Orange County.

Crawford is 6-4-1 with a 2.20 goals against average in his career versus the Ducks, while likely Anaheim starter Jonas Hiller has gone 10-5-2 lifetime versus Chicago with a 2.31 GAA.

02/05 11:08:28 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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CHA 88
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PIT 2
MIL 3
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STL 2
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NYY 5
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MIN 8
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CHC 2
CIN 8
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CWS 16
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OAK 4
HOU 1
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ARI 1
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PHI 10
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SFG 4
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BAL 5
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DAL 85
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CHA 88
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WAS 102
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POR 122
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MEM
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NYR 2
PHI 4
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BOS 4
DET 1
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MON 3
TAM 2
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LOS 2
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MIN
COL
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DUR 3
 
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