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Jets-Ducks Preview

AP - Sports

Back on track following a rare defeat, the Anaheim Ducks can focus on continuing their success at home.

They'll try for an 11th straight win there Tuesday night when they face the Winnipeg Jets, who have yet to lose under their new coach.

After a 4-2 loss at Chicago on Friday ended its eight-game winning streak, Anaheim (37-9-5) bounced back with a 3-2 victory at St. Louis the next night.

"It's hard to win as many games in a row as we did and lose," said coach Bruce Boudreau, whose team has won 19 of 21. "Then you're coming back against (one) of the best percentage teams in the league. It would be pretty easy to say, 'Hey, we had a good run. Let's take this next one off.'

"This is a prideful group."

The NHL-leading Ducks will try to continue their mastery at Honda Center, where they're 20-0-2. They can tie the 1978-79 New York Islanders for the second-longest home point streak to start a season at 23.

Anaheim owns a 90-39 goal advantage at home, where it won a club-record 13 in a row last season.

"This is what we want," veteran forward Teemu Selanne told the NHL's official website. "We want to make this a hard place to play. So far, so good."

In its most recent home contest Wednesday, Anaheim rolled to a 9-1 rout of Vancouver.

Ryan Getzlaf recorded a goal and an assist against the Blues and has five goals with six assists in the last seven games. Nick Bonino had two assists at St. Louis, giving him seven along with five goals in his last 10 contests.

Perry, who has a team-leading 27 goals, scored the unassisted winner in the third period of a 3-2 victory at Winnipeg on Oct. 6.

That snapped the Ducks' four-game losing streak to the Jets (22-23-5), who won in their last two trips to Anaheim while the team was located in Atlanta. The Jets franchise hasn't played at Honda Center since winning 5-4 in a shootout Oct. 15, 2010.

Winnipeg is looking to match a season high with its fourth consecutive victory after a 3-2 overtime win over Edmonton on Saturday. Rookie defenseman Jacob Trouba scored twice, including the winner, as the Jets improved to 3-0-0 since Paul Maurice replaced the fired Claude Noel as coach last Sunday.

The Jets were outscored 24-14 while losing their final five games with Noel, but own a 13-5 goal advantage under Maurice.

"One thing Paul did when he got here was a good job of getting our confidence up," forward Andrew Ladd said. "He just did a good job of building us up."

Trouba, the ninth overall pick in 2012 who turns 20 in February, has three of his seven goals in the past two games. Mark Scheifele, the Jets' top pick in 2011, has scored in two straight and has three goals with four assists in the last six.

"They're good players," Maurice said. "There's not like a kiddie section in our locker room."

Ladd has three assists in his last eight games, but scored both goals versus Anaheim in October and has three with an assist in his last three against the Ducks.

Evander Kane will be back for Winnipeg after missing the four games since Jan. 7, when he injured his hand in a fight. Although he's missed 12 games to injury this season, Kane still has 14 goals and 11 assists.

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