Ducks ready to face new-look Leafs

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The Anaheim Ducks will face a slightly altered team Friday night when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Ducks are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday and are 2-0-1 after three games of a five-game trip. They have shown improvement recently, going 5-2-1.

The Ducks and Maple Leafs will meet for the first time this season.

After losing to the host New York Rangers 5-3 Wednesday night, the Maple Leafs announced they had acquired goaltender Jack Campbell and left winger Kyle Clifford from the Los Angeles Kings for left winger Trevor Moore, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ third-round pick in the 2020 NHL draft and a conditional third-round selection in 2021.

Improving the backup for No. 1 goaltender Frederik Andersen has been considered a need for the Maple Leafs all season.

When Andersen suffered a neck injury during the first period of a 5-3 home loss to the Florida Panthers Monday, Michael Hutchinson played the final two periods and allowed three third-period goals. Hutchinson also started Wednesday, allowing four goals. He had shown recent improvement, winning his four previous starts.

Andersen took shots from goaltending coach Steve Briere during a 35-minute session on the ice Thursday, although the team did not practice.

“(Andersen’s) status is that he is continuing to work through the injury and see where he is at,” Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas told reporters Thursday. “I would say he is unlikely (to play Friday), but we will see.”

Campbell could start Friday, with Andersen starting Saturday in Montreal.

The Maple Leafs, who have lost two games in a row, will be without defenseman Cody Ceci, who suffered an ankle injury on Wednesday. Dubas said he will be placed on injured reserve, with a corresponding move to be made Friday.

Campbell had a 2.85 goals-against average with a .900 save percentage in going 8-10-2 with the Kings.

Clifford had six goals and eight assists in 53 games with the Kings. He led the team with 45 minutes in penalties and is expected to give the Maple Leafs needed grit.

“Cliffy is a warrior, and he has that edge to his game that any team could use,” Campbell said. “The thing I have noticed that not many people get to see behind the scenes is how hard he works on the skill part of his game.”

The Ducks twice overcame one-goal deficits in Montreal to force overtime, which was won after 25 seconds on Jeff Petry’s goal.

Both goaltenders made big saves. Montreal goalie Carey Price made 35 saves; John Gibson had 24 for Anaheim.

“It’s always good to get a point, but we should have had the second one,” said Ducks center Derek Grant, who scored his 12th goal of the season in the third period Thursday. “It stings. We played well, but made a couple of mistakes that keep us from winning games. It’s something we have to fix.”

Jakob Silfverberg ended an eight-game drought with his 16th goal of the season for Anaheim.

“We get another crack at it tomorrow,” Grant said. “We’ll get right back to work and come out the same way we did today.”

–Field Level Media

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