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Sunday, January 12th (All times Eastern)

Detroit Red Wings (20-15-10) at Anaheim Ducks (34-8-5), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The surging Anaheim Ducks hope to extend their winning streak to seven straight games on Sunday night when they return home to face the Detroit Red Wings.

The Ducks have won 16 of their last 17 games to rocket to the top of the NHL standings with 73 points. That is five more than the Chicago Blackhawks for the most in the Western Conference and the Ducks own an 11-point edge over second-place San Jose in the Pacific Division.

Anaheim has been helped by a 20-game point streak at home to begin the season. The Ducks are the lone team in the NHL to have not suffered a regulation setback at home, going 18-0-2.

Goaltender Jonas Hiller has also been key to Anaheim's current run as he has won a club-record 13 straight starts. He made 28 saves in last night's 5-3 win over the hosting Phoenix Coyotes.

Hiller is the first goaltender since Chris Osgood in 1995-96 to win 13 games in a row and he helped the Ducks sweep their five-game season series with the Coyotes.

"It's a great thing, but I'm more excited about winning. The personal things are the cherry on the cake," Hiller said. " We talked about wanting to win the whole series, every game. We might face (Phoenix) in the playoffs, and we want to make sure we have the confidence against them."

Hampus Lindholm had two goals, while Sami Vatanen, Ryan Getzlaf and Dustin Penner all added goals, though Getzlaf left the game in the second period with an injury and did not return.

Mathieu Perreault added three assists and Corey Perry had two helpers as the Ducks extended their franchise record of scoring four-or-more goals in a game to six in a row.

It is unknown if Hiller will get a chance to become the fifth goaltender to win 14 straight games, or if backup John Gibson will make his NHL debut tonight.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last netminder to win 14 consecutive decisions in a single season was Pittsburgh's Tom Barrasso in 1992-93.

Hiller is 4-7-1 with a 2.71 goals against average in his career versus the Red Wings, making 16 saves in a 5-2 victory in Detroit on Dec. 17. It was only Anaheim's fourth victory in the last 12 games of this series and it has lost two straight and four of its last six at home to the Red Wings.

Detroit is 2-1-0 on a five-game road trip after besting the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Saturday night. Tomas Tatar and Daniel Cleary scored in the third period, with Tatar putting home an emotional game-winner.

The 23-year-old, whose father passed away this week, put home a rebound of Riley Sheahan's shot at 12:06 of the third period and pointed up to the rafters following the goal.

"As I'm sure you know, my dad passed away two days ago," Tatar said. "This game and my goal were for him. It's really hard for me to talk about, it was a big loss for me."

Tatar scored in his third straight game and also assisted on Sheahan's first career goal.

Jimmy Howard made 44 saves, but is unlikely to start tonight after suffering a hip flexor. He may serve as the backup to Petr Mrazek.

Detroit already played last night without forwards Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), Darren Helm (groin) and Daniel Alfredsson (back spasms).

Mrazek has faced the Ducks just once before, relieving Jonas Gustavsson in that Dec. 17 loss. He stopped 17-of-19 shots in 42 minutes.

01/12 10:49:33 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 100
ORL 105
 
1st
DUKE 36
TEMPL 24
 
Final
CHA 100
ORL 105
 
Final
PHI 96
PHO 122
Final
ATL 99
DET 89
 
Final
TOR 124
MIL 83
 
Final
MEM 117
BOS 100
 
4th
OKC 88
BRK 93
 
4th
WAS 89
CLE 77
 
Final
MIN 92
SAN 121
 
4th
DAL 110
LAL 83
 
Half
DEN 59
NOP 49
 
10:30pm Tonight
POR
CHI
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
UTA
1:00pm Today
BUF 0
KSU 0
3rd
RICE 17
UTEP 6
 
2nd
SDST 13
AFA 0
 
1st
UTST 7
SJST 0
 
Final
COC 50
TEXAM 59
Final
DREX 70
USC 72
Final
GWEBB 72
CLEM 70
Final
MIAMI 79
AKR 51
Final
UCONN 75
DAY 64
Final
NEV 60
SHU 68
Final
LONG 81
UNCG 79
Final
ARKPB 46
VALPO 59
 
Final
WVU 70
BC 66
Final
TOWS 58
CCST 49
 
Final
YALE 70
ILLCH 58
 
Final
IOWA 63
SYR 66
 
Final
HAMP 82
ALCOR 69
 
Final
ODU 70
LSU 61
Final
KENT 89
BU 65
 
Final
SCAR 63
CHAR 65
 
Final
UVA 59
GWU 42
Final
WCU 72
HIWASSEE 53
 
Final
GT 78
MAST 69
 
Final
RIDE 78
LEH 74
 
Final
MSU 87
LOYC 52
 
Final
CMICH 76
MAINE 48
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF 0
MNTST 0
 
Final
BAY 60
PVU 45
 
Final
HOF 66
USB 65
 
Final
OREG 78
TOL 68
 
Final
UGA 82
TROY 60
 
Final
STAN 89
UNLV 60
 
Final
FAIR 36
WOFF 54
 
Final
EMICH 71
YOUNG 62
 
Final
MON 73
COOK 50
 
Final
FIU 74
FLMEM 48
 
Final
KSU 74
SILL 51
 
Final
CAL 55
TEX 71
 
Final
GMAS 58
NMU 69
 
Final
ILL 107
PEAY 66
 
Final
ARK 99
DELST 71
 
Final
MCNST 85
JCHR 70
 
Final
NDST 68
KNST 55
 
Final
OKST 82
UWMIL 68
 
Final
LATU 73
MORE 64
 
Final
SDKST 74
NDAK 72
 
Final
XAV 81
STEPH 63
 
1st OT
UF 59
LAMON 56
 
2nd
WAKE 61
IONA 74
 
2nd
GRCN 48
FAM 26
 
2nd
COLST 50
UGST 52
 
2nd
WASU 41
IDST 41
 
2nd
WEBER 30
ILLST 44
 
2nd
AUB 51
LALAF 42
 
2nd
LOU 41
MARS 27
 
2nd
ORST 28
ORU 20
 
2nd
SD 36
SHSU 36
 
2nd
UTAH 56
UCR 27
 
1st
DUKE 36
TEMPL 24
 
1st
CORN 31
PSU 21
 
1st
CPSL 15
DEL 10
 
1st
SEAT 9
WASH 5
 
10:30pm Tonight
LBSU
KYST
10:35pm Tonight
AMER
PBY
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
PITT
Final
CLB 3
BOS 4
 
Final
PIT 4
NYI 5
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF 0
NYR 0
 
1st Intermission
EDM 0
NJD 0