National Hockey League
Preview
Anaheim at Arizona
When: 9:00 PM ET, Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Where: Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona


The Anaheim Ducks are running away in the Pacific Division and chasing Nashville for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, but they were not content to stand pat at the trade deadline. The Ducks, who have won five of six entering Tuesday's matchup at the flat-lining Arizona Coyotes, went out and acquired three defensemen - including James Wisniewski from Columbus. "Bottom line, the Anaheim Ducks are better than they were five, six days ago," general manager Bob Murray said.

The Ducks began the trading binge on Saturday by bringing in forward Tomas Fleischmann from Florida, but they were not the only team shuffling bodies prior to Monday's deadline. Arizona, which is trying to avoid losing a franchise record-tying 10th consecutive game, continued its fire sale by sending defenseman Zbynek Michalek to St. Louis on Monday. That followed the departures of the team's top two scorers, defenseman Keith Yandle and Antoine Vermette.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, Prime Ticket (Anaheim), FSN Arizona

ABOUT THE DUCKS (40-17-7): Wisniewski, who scored a career-high eight goals this season and had a previous stint with Anaheim, joins Pittsburgh's Simon Depres and Toronto's Korbinian Holzer on the Ducks' retooled blue line. Wisniewski could be sidelined for one to two weeks after suffering a bone bruise in his left foot after getting hit by a shot Sunday, is coming off a career-high 51-point campaign last season. "Our power play has struggled mightily for two years now," Murray said. "Wiz is not afraid to shoot the puck. That is a good thing."

ABOUT THE COYOTES (20-36-7): Arizona has scored only 13 goals during its nine-game skid and now coach Dave Tippett must try to pull together the new pieces, which includes naming two assistant captains in place of Yandle and Vermette. "You lose three great players," starting netminder Mike Smith said. "(Yandle) is the personality in the locker room. That’s tough to replace.” Smith, who has lost eight straight decisions - all in regulation - and is winless since Feb. 9, has allowed 13 goals in his last three appearances.

OVERTIME

1. The Coyotes have won two of three matchups versus Anaheim this season, both coming in shootouts.

2. The Ducks have scored once in their last 17 chances with the man advantage.

3. Arizona has allowed seven power-play goals in its last 23 short-handed situations.

PREDICTION: Ducks 4, Coyotes 1
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Anaheim 40-17-2-5 W2 21-9-1-2 19-8-1-3 7-6-1-0 33-11-1-5 14-4-1-4
Arizona 20-36-2-5 L9 9-16-2-2 11-20-0-3 1-5-0-0 19-31-2-5 10-10-0-0
Last Meeting
Anaheim Arizona
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
12/27/14 ANA 1 ARI 2 (SO) 36 28 0-1 29 35 0-1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Anaheim R. Bourque 1
Arizona M. Erat 1
Goals Player  
Anaheim R. Bourque 1
Arizona Z. Michalek 1
Assists Player  
Anaheim R. Getzlaf 1
Arizona M. Erat 1
Saves Player  
Anaheim F. Andersen 28
Arizona D. Dubnyk 35
Season
Total Points Player  
Anaheim R. Getzlaf 64
Arizona O. Ekman-Larsson 33
Goals Player  
Anaheim C. Perry 28
Arizona O. Ekman-Larsson 17
Assists Player  
Anaheim R. Getzlaf 44
Arizona M. Erat 20
Saves Player  
Anaheim F. Andersen 1175
Arizona M. Smith 1312
Quickchart Matchup
Anaheim Off vs  Arizona Def
2.83 GF
3.32 GA
29.7 Shots
32.1 Shots
34 PP
48 PK
Arizona Off vs  Anaheim Def
2.13 GF
2.69 GA
29.5 Shots
29.4 Shots
40 PP
40 PK