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Anaheim Ducks v Chicago Blackhawks

Ducks demote Etem, Karlsson to AHL

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The Anaheim Ducks moved to young forwards to the AHL on Monday, with at least one name that might raise a few eyebrows.

Perhaps the most glaring name is Emerson Etem, the 29th pick of the 2010 NHL Draft. William Karlsson was the other forward who finds himself in the AHL thanks to this personnel tweak.

Nothing’s official, but maybe this move is being made in part because Dany Heatley or someone else is ready to go?

Either way, neither forward was really lighting up scoreboards. Etem, 22, only has four points in 21 games while Karlsson, 21, collected three in 16 contests. It’s not as if Etem has lacked for chances in particular; he got some looks with Ryan Getzlaf (particularly when Corey Perry was out), logging about 52 minutes of even-strength time with the star center.

Both have a chance to eventually be impact players for the Ducks, but they might need to prove themselves at the AHL level to get their next shot.

Ducks put Heatley back on injured reserve

Anaheim Ducks v Los Angeles Kings

Dany Heatley has been shelved. Again.

On Friday, the Ducks announced that the veteran forward — who’s appeared in just four games this season — has been placed on injured reserve with what, according to the O.C. Register, looks to be an aggravated groin ailment.

Heatley, who signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Ducks this summer, opened the season on IR with a groin problem and proceeded to miss the club’s first nine games of the season. He played in two games after being activated, then was briefly removed from the lineup, then re-inserted for a pair of games (against the Isles and Canucks) before getting dropped again for Wednesday’s 6-5 shootout win over the Kings.

The 33-year-old went scoreless in the four games he appeared in, posting a minus-2 rating while averaging 11:51 TOI per.

Streaking Jets can match Thrashers’ record points streak tonight

Philadelphia Flyers v Atlanta Thrashers

The book of “Famous Atlanta Thrashers Moments” isn’t all that thick, but one of the team’s most memorable stretches could be matched tonight in Montreal.

The Winnipeg Jets — who haven’t lost in regulation since Oct. 24 — are 6-0-2 in their last eight, no small feat for an organization that doesn’t have much of a winning history.

More, from the Free Press:

The Winnipeg Jets are one game from matching a franchise record for consecutive games with at least a point.

If they can get something out of Tuesday night’s affair at Bell Centre against the Montreal Canadiens, it will equal the 2005-06 Atlanta Thrashers 6-0-3 streak.

Winnipeg is currently 6-0-2 in its last eight games, coming off Saturday night’s 2-1 shootout win in Ottawa.

“Sure, anytime you can pass a franchise record, you’re doing something right,” Jets centre Jim Slater said after the team’s practice today at Bell Centre. Slater was an NHL rookie on the Thrashers team that set the bar at nine games.

“I do remember that stretch, we had a lot of good players on that team, a lot of old players and just remembering back in those days, we prepared the right way for these games.”

Some quick facts about the 2005-06 Thrashers:

— They finished 41-33-8 (90 points) and, despite missing the playoffs, are the second-most successful team in franchise history.

— There were 13 NHLers that scored at least 90 points that year, and three of ’em played for Atlanta: Ilya Kovalchuk (98 points), Marc Savard (97) and Marian Hossa (92). Ottawa also had three: Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza.

— The oldest player on the roster that year was current Montreal assistant GM Scott Mellanby (39); the youngest was a 20-year-old defenseman by the name of Braydon Coburn.

As that second fact suggests, there’s not much in common between those Thrashers and these Jets. Winnipeg has been a defensive fortress during its points streak, giving up just 10 goals in their eight games while scoring 14.

The Thrashers, meanwhile, outscored opponents 34-24 over their stretch.