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Friday, December 20th (All times Eastern)

Anaheim Ducks (24-7-5) at New Jersey Devils (14-15-6), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The rolling Anaheim Ducks will try to match a season- high winning streak when they visit the New Jersey Devils for an interconference battle at Prudential Center.

The Ducks have won six in a row heading into Friday's contest, leaving them one victory shy of a seven-game tear from Oct. 5-20. Despite the recent hot streak and a stellar 24-7-5 record this season, Anaheim is only one point ahead of Los Angeles for first place in the Pacific Division. The Ducks have a chance to extend that lead on Friday, as the Kings are idle tonight.

Anaheim has scored five goals on three occasions during its current winning streak, including Tuesday's 5-2 road triumph against the Detroit Red Wings. Jakob Silfverberg scored in his return to the lineup as the red-hot Ducks cruised past the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Silfverberg was back in action after a 24-game absence because of a broken hand.

Sami Vatanen, Saku Koivu, Corey Perry and Nick Bonino also lit the lamp in the rout, while Jonas Hiller only needed to stop 16 shots for the win.

Despite the strong effort, Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau was careful not to read too much into Tuesday's win over Detroit.

"We took advantage of a team that was hurting," Boudreau warned. "Listen, we beat Detroit 5-2 in the first game we played them last year, too. How'd it end up? It's just ... that was no way the Detroit Red Wings that you're going to see in January."

The win over the Red Wings was Anaheim's third straight road victory and it came at the start of a four-game tour of Eastern Conference clubs. The Ducks have built a decent 11-7-3 record as the guest this season, but that pales in comparison to Anaheim's stellar 13-0-2 mark on home ice.

The Devils enter Friday on a more modest two-game winning streak, but another victory tonight would give New Jersey just its second three-win stretch of the season. Peter DeBoer's club previously won three in a row from Nov. 16-21.

After opening a three-game homestand with Saturday's 3-0 victory over Tampa Bay, the Devils notched Wednesday's 5-2 win against the Ottawa Senators. The back-to-back wins as the host improved New Jersey's home record this season to 7-5-3.

Damien Brunner and Eric Gelinas each posted a goal and assist to help the Devils down the Senators on Wednesday. Stephen Gionta and Reid Boucher lit the lamp for the Devils, but Jaromir Jagr grabbed the spotlight by scoring the 693rd goal of his storied NHL career. Jagr's 12th tally of the season moved him past Steve Yzerman into eighth place on the NHL's all-time goals list.

Martin Brodeur, who like Jagr is a sure-fire future Hall of Famer, made 23 stops to help the Devils earn their third win in five games.

"Liked the win, liked the goals -- I liked our effort," said DeBoer. "I thought we showed up and played a real solid game."

After capping a homestand tonight, the Devils will play two straight and three of their next four games as the guest.

Anaheim has not fared well as the road team in this series, losing two straight and eight of nine when visiting the Devils. If you count the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals matchup between the Ducks and Devils, New Jersey has won 13 of the 15 all-time encounters in the Garden State. The Devils won that series in seven games, as every contest in the series was claimed by the home team.

New Jersey also has won four straight in this series since the Ducks last beat them in Anaheim on Jan. 11. 2009.

12/20 10:49:49 ET

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Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
Final
CLE 98
ATL 127
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
Final
DET 106
DAL 117
Final
BOS 109
ORL 92
Final
MIA 87
UTA 105
Final
TOR 105
BRK 89
2nd OT
SAN 102
MEM 104
 
Half
POR 43
MIL 41
 
2nd
DEN 35
HOU 32
 
2nd
LAC 39
IND 37
 
Final
UNT 78
LANG 65
 
Final
Terriers 64
DELST 72
 
Final
MSST 55
ARKST 69
Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
GMAS 99
CATAWBA 69
 
Final
WOFF 64
CSOU 58
 
Final
HIGH 106
FERR 48
 
Final
JVU 68
GWEBB 65
 
Final
ILL 73
HAMP 55
 
Final
BST 52
JMU 72
 
Final
YOUNG 84
KNST 90
 
Final
UMO 71
LONG 60
 
Final
PITT 65
MAN 56
Final
OSU 97
NCAT 55
Final
FSU 93
UNF 77
 
Final
TOL 83
RMU 57
 
Final
CAMP 70
SIUE 65
 
Final
DUQ 52
RFLSH 67
 
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
Final
UCF 75
DET 70
Final
UNCW 73
LIB 70
 
Final
LOYC 83
ABCHRIST 44
 
Final
MURST 94
ALCOR 56
 
Final
HOU 56
ARKPB 61
 
Final
NW 67
CMICH 80
Final
WKENT 75
CHIST 60
 
Final
ODU 58
UGST 54
Final
SMU 67
ILLCH 46
Final
LALAF 115
MLGN 76
 
Final
TULSA 74
MIZST 70
 
Final
UWGB 66
MORE 50
 
Final
NEOM 92
NCOL 82
 
Final
TTU 101
SCST 39
 
Final
DEN 83
TAMCC 73
 
Final
STEPH 66
TXST 60
 
Final
STLU 75
TXPA 69
 
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MEM 83
USCU 73
 
Final
ILLST 64
TENNM 54
 
Final
MSU 66
EMICH 46
 
Final
GRCN 80
INCWORD 82
 
Final
STAN 67
LMU 58
Final
BAY 66
NMST 55
 
1st OT
CIN 61
SDST 60
 
Final
AUB 80
WINT 62
 
2nd
NMU 44
CARK 36
 
2nd
PEPP 36
HOW 27
 
2nd
CPSL 39
NE 45
 
1st
UNLV 26
PORT 29
 
1st
OREG 4
CSNO 5
 
1st
WASH 11
GRAM 3
 
Final
NJD 0
OTT 2
Final
MIN 2
BOS 3
2nd
VAN 0
DAL 1