Anaheim Ducks vs. New Jersey Devils

Shades of their former selves, two struggling teams look to keep their playoff hopes alive this Saturday. The Anaheim Ducks take their game to the Prudential Center in newark, NJ. for a matinee game on January 19th at 1PM EST. Broadcast is available on Sportsnet, MSG+, and Prime; radio is available via WFAN.

How to Watch

Where: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

When: Saturday, January 19th, 1PM EST

How (TV/Radio): Sportsnet, MSG+, and Prime | WFAN

Anaheim Ducks (Away)

Head Coach: Randy Carlyle {All-Time 146-110-35 ANA}

Currently riding a 12-game losing streak, the Anaheim Ducks no longer look like the powerhouse they once were. And although management claims that a coaching change isn’t in the future, head coach Randy Carlyle must be looking over his shoulder.

Plagued with injuries that include goaltender Ryan Miller, forward Ryan Kesler, and star Corey Perry, the Ducks simply hope to break this losing streak without losing anymore skaters. On Thursday, the Ducks acquired defenseman Michael Del Zotto from the Vancouver Canucks in hopes of filling a void on their backend.

The once dominating Ducks have been struggling all season and find themselves in the basement of the league’s rankings in most offensive categories including goals-per-game (30th), shots on goal (31st), powerplay (26th), and shooting percentage (29th).

New Jersey Devils (Home)

Head Coach: John Hynes {All-Time 278-152-42 NJD}

No stranger to the injury bug themselves, the New Jersey Devils will still be without leading-scorer Taylor Hall and starting goaltender Corey Schneider. And now defenseman Ben Lovejoy may join them on the sidelines as he missed Thursday’s game against the New York Islander and is listed as day-to-day.

The advantage for the Devils is their play at home this season - going 13-5-4 at the Prudential Center compared to Anaheim’s 9-12-1 road record.

The Devils have managed to keep things over .500 during Taylor Halls absence, but the team has to be getting exhausted. They are among the leaders in the league for shooting percentage but how long can they keep that up as injuries continue to accrue?

The Anaheim Ducks pulled off the victory in the teams’ last meeting in December is a closely battled 6-5 contest.

What's At Stake?

The Ducks currently sit in 10th place in the Western conference with 47 points. Other than hoping to come out of the game unscathed, the Ducks will need more than just this win against an out-of-conference team to keep playoff hopes alive. At the very least, a victory on the road could give them some momentum for upcoming games.

New Jersey find themselves in a similar spot as their opponents, sitting in the 11th place spot in the East. Although there is no direct competition in the rankings between these two teams, both are in desperate need of the two points that come along with a victory in order to stay relevant in their respective conferences.

Questions to answer

How deep are these rosters? Who will come out on top despite the build-up of injuries?

How will the addition of Michael Del Zotto to Anaheim’s blue line affect their play?

Will the Devils high-shooting percentage stamina hold up over three periods?

Anaheim Ducks Injury Report

G Ryan Miller - IR (sprained ACL)

F Patrick Eaves - IR (fractured rib/back spasms)

F Corey Perry - IR (torn meniscus/damaged MCL)

F Kevin Roy - IR (upper-body)

F Ryan Kesler - IR (lower-body)

F Jakob Silfverberg - IR (lower-body)

New Jersey Devils Injury Report

F Stefan Noesen - IR (lower-body)

F Taylor Hall - IR (lower-body)

G Corey Schneider - IR (abdominal strain)

F Joey Anderson - IR (fractured ankle)

D Ben Lovejoy - day-to-day (upper-body)

Anaheim at New Jersey Devils Predictions and Odds

Here are the odds for the Anaheim vs. New Jersey game:

New Jersey: -125

Anaheim: +100

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