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12:00 PM PT1:00 PM MT2:00 PM CT3:00 PM ET20:00 GMT4:00 1:00 PM MST3:00 PM EST0:00 UAE (+1)15:00 ET18:00 BRT, December 8, 2019
Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba  Attendance: 15,325

Ducks, Jets to settle score in third and final meeting

Anaheim Ducks at Winnipeg Jets

  1. The Jets have won seven of their last nine meetings with the Ducks, including four straight at home dating back to March 2017. The Jets scored six goals in the first period in the teams' last meeting in Winnipeg on February 2, 2019, the most they've scored in a single period and the most the Ducks have allowed in a single period.
  2. Winnipeg lost in overtime in Dallas, 3-2, on Thursday, but has taken points in eight of its last ten games (7-2-1). Following a 7-4 loss in Anaheim on October 29, the Jets have gone 11-3-2 (.750), tied for the third-best record in the NHL since November 1.
  3. Blake Wheeler lit the lamp in Thursday's loss to Dallas, his eighth point (2g, 6a) in his last six games. He has 21 points (9g, 12a) in 25 career games against the Ducks.
  4. Mark Scheifele scored a goal and matched his career high with eight shots on goal on Thursday. He needs just two points to become the sixth Jet to reach 400 points; should he do so in his next 24 games, he would trail only Ilya Kovalchuk (403 games) and Blake Wheeler (473) as the fastest players to tally 400 points as a Jet.

The Winnipeg Jets and Anaheim Ducks will meet for the third and final time this season on Sunday afternoon in Winnipeg.

The first two meetings displayed widely varying results.

The Ducks won 7-4 in Anaheim on Oct. 29, the most goals they've scored in a game this season.

The Jets returned to Anaheim on Nov. 29 and won 3-0, the only time this season the Ducks have been shut out.

Anaheim's best scoring chances came early on in the second meeting, a situation the Jets have become accustomed to lately.

"One of the things we've been good at is weathering the storm when we've needed to, and play a very simple game early," Jets coach Paul Maurice said after a 3-2 shootout loss at the Dallas Stars on Thursday. "That's probably why you see a lot of one-goal or 0-0 scores after the first."

Winnipeg has allowed just six goals in regulation in its past five games.

Maurice plans to start Connor Hellebuyck in goal against Anaheim.

Hellebuyck got lifted after allowing five goals on 19 shots in the first meeting with the Ducks, but came back with the 24-save shutout the second time around in Anaheim.

Overall, he's 6-1-1 in his career against the Ducks with two shutouts, a .923 save percentage and 2.21 goals-against average.

Since the Jets and Ducks last met, Winnipeg has also claimed forward Nick Shore off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Shore, who made his NHL debut against the Ducks as a member of the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 17, 2015, will center the fourth line with Joona Luoto and Logan Shaw.

One of the bright spots for the Ducks this season has been the play of their fourth line. Derek Grant, Carter Rowney and Nicolas Deslauriers played a role in all four goals of a 4-2 win against the visiting Kings on Monday.

They were also at the forefront of an intense, physical matchup against the visiting Washington Capitals on Friday night, a game the Capitals held on to win 3-2.

"We know our role," Grant said. "We know we've got to bring energy and play simple and play direct, and make things tough for the other team and their (defensemen)."

The Ducks lost one of their most physical players to a lower-body injury against the Capitals, left wing Nick Ritchie.

His immediate prognosis was not available following the game and the Ducks did not practice on Saturday, but Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins said "it does not look very good" following the loss to Washington.

An extended absence by Ritchie will likely provide more opportunities for rookie left wings Max Jones and Max Comtois.

Both have played several games with the Ducks this season while also spending time with the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League.

Jones was sent down to San Diego on Tuesday and Comtois was called up, but he was a healthy scratch against the Capitals.

Comtois is expected to reenter the lineup against the Jets for the first time since Nov. 10.

--Field Level Media

Updated December 7, 2019