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10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET18:00 GMT2:00 11:00 AM MST1:00 PM EST22:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:� BRT, January 19, 2019
Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey  Attendance: 15,231

New-look Ducks go for two in a row at Devils

Anaheim Ducks at New Jersey Devils

  1. The Ducks and Devils played to a 6-5 shootout in their last meeting on December 9, with the Ducks coming out on top. Each team scored three goals in the first period, only the second game this season where both teams have scored at least three goals in the opening frame (Buffalo at Montreal on 11/8).
  2. The Ducks snapped a franchise-record 12-game losing streak with a 3-0 win over the Wild on Thursday. It was just their second shutout this season after they had nine last season, second most in the league.
  3. The Devils have lost back-to-back games, each on the road by the score of 4-1. The Devils are 13-5-4 (.682) at home compared to 5-17-3 (.260) on the road -- that .422 difference in points percentage is the largest in the NHL (home better).
  4. Rickard Rakell has lit the lamp in three consecutive games, his first goal streak of at least three games this season after doing so three times last season. The only Ducks skater with a longer goal streak this season is Jakob Silfverberg (four straight in December).
  5. Former Duck Kyle Palmieri has scored three goals in his last two skates against his former team. He has tallied just four points this month after recording 13 points in December, his third-highest point total in a single month in his career.
  6. The Devils are fourth in the NHL in penalty-kill percentage at 84.7 percent while the Ducks have the fourth-lowest power-play percentage this season at 14.2 percent. The Devils have killed off 20-of-21 power-plays in their last six home games (95.2 percent).

For struggling teams, it's often said that it's easier to fire the coach than to change the players.

The Anaheim Ducks took the more difficult route.

Amid a franchise-record 12-game losing streak, the Ducks made four trades in three days leading up to Thursday night's 3-0 victory at Minnesota. The Ducks will try to make it two in a row when they play at the New Jersey Devils on Saturday afternoon.

John Gibson made 37 saves for his second shutout of the season, and Adam Henrique and Rickard Rakell scored 11 seconds apart in the first period as the Ducks snapped their skid, winning for the first time in exactly a month.

"I think you lose 12 in a row, you need to change something," Gibson said.

"I'm not saying anything about the guys that moved or anything like that, but I think you get new players, you get some new faces, you get some new energy in here and it helped us and we fed off that. We needed a change, and (Thursday) it worked out and we have to keep going with it."

The Ducks (20-19-9) added forwards Devin Shore and Derek Grant, and defenseman Michael Del Zotto, in a series of deals, along with receiving minor league forward Justin Kloos from Minnesota. Del Zotto, acquired from Vancouver, isn't expected to join the team until the current trip ends Sunday.

"Hopefully, we hit a few buttons that can give ourselves some life here and some momentum that we can carry this forward," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.

Brian Gibbons added his second goal of the season for the Ducks later in the first period, knocking Minnesota goaltender Alex Stalock from the game. Forward Max Jones made his NHL debut after being recalled Wednesday when Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Kesler were placed on injured reserve with lower-body injuries.

"Sometimes that's all it takes," Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "You get young guys in the lineup and they play with energy and they did their job great (Thursday)."

The Devils (18-22-7) have lost five of their past seven games, including a 4-1 defeat Thursday at the New York Islanders, who scored three first-period goals.

"We didn't have enough bite. We didn't have close to enough bite," Devils coach John Hynes. "When it came to the competitive areas of the game, it was men against boys."

Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy missed the game with an upper-body injury, and forward Miles Wood did not play for the second straight contest due to a lower-body injury.

Devils rookie goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood has made nine starts in the month since he was called up, with five victories and two shutouts.

"Our staff has tried to do a really good job with him," Hynes told NHL.com.

"Even our strength and conditioning coaches, on understanding after a game about how much recovery stuff he needs to do, particularly as a starting goalie. It is a big adjustment for most people that come into the NHL, whether it's coaches, trainers, players, equipment managers -- there's just so many games and so little time."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 18, 2019

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