(Sports Network) - A trip to Anaheim could be exactly what Columbus needs to get its road game on track. The Blue Jackets aim for a fifth straight victory at the Honda Center tonight when they battle the Ducks. The Blue Jackets have lost the first two contests of a four-game swing, with the back-to-back setbacks coming on the heels of a three-game overall winning streak. Columbus has now lost nine of its last 10 on the road, falling to 9-8-2 as the visiting club this season.
Making a stop in Phoenix on Tuesday, the Blue Jackets were dealt a 4-2 setback by the Coyotes.and had the goals for Columbus and made 29 saves. Umberger has now scored in four straight games and has six goals over his last seven outings, but has managed just one tally and five assists in 12 career games versus the Ducks.
, meanwhile, has scored just once in his last 11 games, but has seven goals and four assists on a seven-game point streak versus the Ducks and 14 goals and 28 points in 28 games against them lifetime. Columbus placed forward on injured reserve on Thursday and replaced him in the lineup with , who had 13 goals and 11 assists in 35 games with Springfield of the American Hockey League. Moreau is out with a rib injury suffered versus the Coyotes.
could get the start tonight over Garon and he made a career high- tying 47 saves the last time he faced the Ducks, a 4-3 victory in Anaheim on Nov. 19. That win was Columbus' second in as many games versus Anaheim this season and fifth in the last six meetings overall. Mason is 4-2-0 with a 2.68 goals-against average when facing the Ducks, while Garon is 8-6-3 with a 2.90 GAA versus them.
The Ducks will try to get back on track tonight after having a three-game overall win streak halted with Wednesday's 4-1 setback to Nashville. Anaheim also lost for the first time in its last six home games.scored in the third period for the Ducks and made 20 saves in defeat as Anaheim fell to 2-1 on a six-game homestand.
"We fired a lot of blanks. It just seemed like the puck was doing funny things for us," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. Corey Perry. Getzlaf, the Ducks' captain, is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks with multiple nasal sinus fractures on Dec. 28 versus Phoenix., acquired last week from Montreal in a trade, made his Anaheim debut and replaced on the club's top line with and
Getzlaf has 13 goals and 24 assists in 40 games this year.is also questionable for tonight with a strained shoulder. Hiller is 1-3-0 with a 2.82 GAA in his career versus Columbus.