Duck Hunt: Anaheim seeking seventh straight win tonight

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The red-hot Anaheim Ducks are looking to match their longest win streak of the season Friday night when they take on the Devils at Prudential.

The Ducks, winners in each of their last six games, will aim for a seventh straight win for the second time this season — back in early October, the club ripped off seven wins in a row (which included a perfect 5-0 homestand).

If this latest streak has shown anything, though, it’s Anaheim’s ability to perform well on the road.

The Ducks have won games in Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit during the streak and have three more away games before they return to Anaheim — tonight in New Jersey, Saturday on Long Island and Monday in Washington.

Anaheim will have captain Ryan Getzlaf available for tonight’s affair. Getzlaf was questionable after being shaken up on a Kyle Quincey hit in the Detroit game Tuesday, but has been cleared to play.

Couple other Ducks notes to pass your way…

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

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With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?