(Sports Network) - Even a return to the Honda Center couldn't prevent thefrom posting their longest losing streak of the season. A visit from the , though, could prevent that slide from going any further. The Ducks try to post their sixth straight win over the visiting Oilers this evening.
After recording a sixth consecutive victory with a home win over Dallas on Nov. 12, Anaheim lost three straight on the road; all three by just one goal and two past regulation. The Ducks then dropped their fourth straight one-goal game on Friday, a 4-3 setback to the Blue Jackets on the Honda Center that ended their five-game home winning streak.
, and each lit the lamp for Anaheim, which fell to 7-2-1 at home this season. had an assist, his 22nd point of the season, but left the game with a sore groin and is day-to-day. The forward did not practice on Saturday and is questionable for this game. stopped 25 shots in defeat, which came despite a season-high 50 shots on net.
"We got the start we wanted and we just couldn't get another one past [Columbus goalie]," Getzlaf said. "Our focus has to be to play a full 60 minutes. We had a little lapse in the second period there and it ended up costing us." Anaheim hasn't lost five straight since March 3-12 and is riding a five-game win streak over Edmonton that includes a 20-9 scoring edge in last year's four-game series. The Ducks have lost six of their last 10 at home to the Oilers though.
Hiller is 5-1-0 with a 2.29 goals-against average in his career versus the Oilers, who come into this game on their second six-game losing streak (0-4-2) of the season. Edmonton, which hasn't dropped seven in a row since a 13-game slide from Dec. 31-Jan. 30 of last season, scored the first three goals in their meeting with Phoenix on Friday, but ended up losing a 4-3 decision in a shootout.
, and tallied for the Oilers and made 39 saves while allowing the game-tying goal with just 35 seconds left in regulation. "It's definitely disappointing," Horcoff said. "We worked pretty hard tonight and we did a lot of things well and just came up short." Dubnyk figures to get the bulk of the starts while is out with a groin injury and has never before faced the Ducks.
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