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7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 PM MST10:00 PM EST7:00 UAE (+1)22:00 ETNaN:� BRT, November 16, 2018
Honda Center, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 16,666

Ducks brace for high-scoring Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs at Anaheim Ducks

  1. The Maple Leafs won both games against the Ducks last season, including a 7-4 win on February 5 -- the Leafs' seven goals are most either team has ever scored in the series history. Toronto has won 10 of the last 13 games overall dating back to the 2009-10 season.
  2. Toronto has won consecutive games, scoring five goals in both wins over Los Angeles and San Jose. The Leafs have scored at least five goals in four of their last six games after previously failing to score five goals in eight consecutive games.
  3. The Ducks were shut out for the first time this season in a 5-0 loss to the Golden Knights. They are averaging just 2.1 goals this season which would set a franchise low over a full season (current low is 2.13 goals per game in 2001-02).
  4. Kasperi Kapanen scored two goals in Toronto's win over San Jose including the go-ahead goal in the second period. He now has eight goals and six assists in 19 games this season -- he had eight goals and two assists in 55 games entering this season.
  5. John Gibson has given up 25 goals in his last eight starts, the most in an eight-start span in his career. After winning his first 3 starts of the season, Gibson is 3-7-3 (.346) since October 10, lowest winning percentage in the NHL (minimum eight starts).
  6. The Ducks and Maple Leafs are two of seven teams yet to lose this season when leading after the second period. Anaheim has five such wins, while Toronto has 10, most by any team in hockey.

Look for the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple to stick with their strengths Friday night at Honda Center.

The Ducks (8-9-3) have been one of the toughest teams to score against in recent seasons, while the Maple Leafs (13-6-0) have featured one of the top-scoring offenses.

Anaheim had the third-lowest goals-against average in the NHL last season at 2.55, but the Maple Leafs combined for 10 goals in a two-game sweep of the Ducks. Toronto tied for third in the NHL last season at 3.29 goals per game.

Anaheim hasn't been as stingy this season. The Ducks are 11th in the league in GAA (2.85), but they continue to feature one of the league's top goaltenders in John Gibson.

The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, have become stronger on offense thanks to the addition of explosive center John Tavares. They've also tightened up on defense behind former Anaheim goalie Frederik Andersen.

Andersen, who was drafted in the third round by the Ducks in 2012 and played his first three NHL seasons in Anaheim, has built some of the best numbers in the league this season. After making 42 saves Thursday night in a 5-3 victory at the San Jose Sharks, backup goalie Garret Sparks will start against the Ducks.

Gibson and Andersen alternated starts for Anaheim during the 2015-16 season before the Ducks traded Andersen to Toronto in June 2016, making Gibson their No. 1 goalie. Anaheim signed Gibson to an eight-year contraction extension last summer.

The Ducks have been very successful this season when holding opponents to two regulation goals or fewer, owning an 8-0-2 record in those situations, compared to 0-8-1 when they don't.

The main issue for Anaheim has been consistency, Gibson said.

The Ducks started the season 5-1-1, marking the fifth time in franchise history they accumulated at least 11 points through the first seven games. Anaheim followed that run by losing seven in a row, however, one shy of the franchise record.

Since ending the losing streak, the Ducks have alternated wins and losses over the past six games. They posted impressive one-goal victories against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Calgary Flames and Nashville Predators, only to lose their following game to the Los Angeles Kings (4-1), Minnesota Wild (5-1) and Vegas Golden Knights (5-0).

"We've been able to win one here and there, but not go on a run," Gibson said. "Hopefully, we can start stringing some together."

In the loss to the Golden Knights on Wednesday, Anaheim played without one of their top defensemen, Cam Fowler. He was struck in the face with the puck late in the third period against the Predators on Monday and sustained multiple fractures that will sideline him several weeks.

The Ducks will likely start three rookie defensemen against Toronto, which is averaging 3.50 goals -- good for third in the NHL.

A big reason for the slight increase in offensive production this season has been the addition of Tavares, a five-time NHL All-Star who left the New York Islanders on July 1 and signed a seven-year, $77 million contract with the Maple Leafs.

Tavares scored the first goal Thursday night against the Sharks, giving him five goals and 10 points in a seven-game point streak.

Updated November 16, 2018

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