Blackhawks at Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks attempt to maintain their hold on a playoff spot when they continue their four-game homestand Sunday afternoon against the Chicago Blackhawks. Anaheim, which has a one-point lead for the second wild card in the Western Conference and trails Los Angeles by one for third place in the Pacific Division, is 1-0-1 on its string at Honda Center after posting a 4-2 victory over Columbus on Friday.
Rickard Rakell and defenseman Cam Fowler each recorded a goal and an assist against the Blue Jackets as the Ducks improved to 5-0-2 in their last seven at home. The 24-year-old Rakell, who leads the team with a career-high 53 points, has posted back-to-back multi-point performances and three in his last five contests. Chicago, which had lost seven straight away from home (0-6-1), is wrapping up a four-game road trip during which it is 1-2-0 after topping the Kings 5-3 on Saturday. Captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane registered a goal and two assists apiece as the Blackhawks overcame a 3-1 deficit in the third period to pull within 12 points of Anaheim for the second wild-card spot.
TV: 4 p.m. ET, NHL Network, NBCS Chicago, Prime Ticket (Anaheim)
ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (28-29-8): Kane, who leads the team with 62 points, is riding a three-game streak during which he has registered a goal and four assists. The 29-year-old former Hart and Art Ross Trophy winner has collected nine points over his last seven contests after being kept off the scoresheet in his previous five games. Artem Anisimov has scored in two straight contests and five of his last seven, leaving him one tally shy of his third consecutive 20-goal season and the fourth of his career.
ABOUT THE DUCKS (32-21-12): John Gibson returned to action Friday and turned aside 34 shots after missing three contests with a lower-body injury. The 24-year-old goaltender has allowed fewer than three goals in each of his last eight starts, going 6-1-1 in that span. Captain Ryan Getzlaf, who collected four points in a shootout loss to Edmonton last Sunday in the opener of the homestand, missed the win over Columbus due to the flu and is questionable to face Chicago.
1. Ducks LW Andrew Cogliano scored his 15th short-handed goal since joining the club, leaving him one shy of Paul Kariya for first place on the franchise list.
2. Chicago split its first two meetings with Anaheim this season, with rookie RW Alex DeBrincat recording three goals and two assists.
3. Anaheim signed LW Maxime Comtois, its second-round pick in the 2017 draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract.