Here are two teams headed in different directions.
On Friday night at Honda Center, the Las Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-2. It was the Knights fifth straight win and the Ducks’ seventh consecutive loss.
To sharpen the statistical pencil a bit more, the Knights are 6-0-2 over the past eight games while the Ducks are 0-5-2 over their last seven. The outcome of Friday’s clash puts the Knights into a tie for first place in the NHL Pacific Division with a 25-15-4 mark. Their 54 points has them even with the Calgary Flames (25-13-4).
The Ducks fell to 19-16-7, good for 45 points and fourth place, just one point ahead of the Vancouver Canucks.
Anaheim got goals from Carter Rowney and Daniel Sprong.
“There are moments we played some great hockey, but we let up a little bit and other teams can capitalize,” Rowney said. “That’s frustrating. We need to come together and play a full 60. We can’t have those down minutes or missed plays.”
Hoping to snap their dry streak, the Ducks will host the Edmonton Oilers (19-18-3, 41 points) on Saturday.