When: 8:00 PM ET, Sunday, April 1, 2012
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, California
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PREVIEW: The Anaheim Ducks say farewell to their fans as they take on the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday in their home finale. Anaheim has lost three of five at the Honda Center, where it is 21-17-2. The game could be the last at home for Teemu Selanne, who has yet to decide whether he will retire at season’s end. Edmonton has lost two straight following a 5-0-2 run but has earned at least one point in six straight on the road (4-0-2).
TV: 8 p.m. ET, Rogers Sportsnet West (Edmonton), Prime Ticket (Anaheim)
Edmonton Oilers (31-38-9): Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is locked in a tight battle for the rookie scoring title. Despite having played in only 58 games, Nugent-Hopkins is tied for second at 50 points with New Jersey’s Adam Henrique, one point behind Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog. Nikolai Khabibulin has posted just one win since Dec. 22, going 1-12-4 over his last 18 starts. “For a guy who’s had that great of a career, for his year to end like this, nobody wants to see that,” defenseman Ryan Whitney said. “It’s really unfortunate that that’s how we play in front of him. I feel bad for him.”
Anaheim Duck (33-34-11): Selanne, who has registered 1,404 career points, is five away from tying Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk for 18th place on the all-time list. The “Finnish Flash” also has 662 goals, two fewer than Philadelphia’s Jaromir Jagr, who is 11th all time. Bobby Ryan needs two goals to reach 30 for the fourth consecutive season. Anaheim concludes the campaign with road games against Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary.
1. The Oilers have lost four of their last five visits to Anaheim.
2. Anaheim has won five straight and 10 of 11 in the all-time series.
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