(SportsNetwork.com) - With a third straight playoff berth locked up, the Anaheim Ducks turn their sights to bigger goals on Sunday evening when they visit the New Jersey Devils.
The Ducks secured a trip to the postseason with Saturday's 3-2 win over the New York Islanders. They have a 12-point edge over the second-place Vancouver Canucks with five games left to play -- the Canucks have seven -- and their 103 points lead both the Nashville Predators and Montreal Canadiens for the most in the NHL.
Anaheim got 29 saves from Frederik Andersen in Saturday's win, claiming victory for the sixth time in eight games while moving to 2-2-0 on a five-game road trip.
Andrew Cogliano scored the deciding goal less than three minutes after Anaheim killed off a 5-on-3 New York power play, while Rickard Rakell and Kyle Palmieri also tallied.
"I thought our penalty kill was probably the difference," said Cogliano.
Anaheim extended its NHL record by winning its 31st one-goal game this season.
John Gibson could start for the Ducks tonight and has never faced the Devils.
New Jersey lost its fourth game in a row with Saturday's 3-1 loss to Carolina as the Hurricanes scored twice in the third period to pull away. The Devils got a first-period tally from Patrik Elias and backup Keith Kinkaid made 29 saves.
"We just couldn't dig our way out of it," said Devils co-coach Lou Lamoriello.
Cory Schneider will draw back in net for the Devils tonight to make his 64th start of the season. He is 4-2-1 in 10 games (7 starts) lifetime versus the Ducks with a 2.55 goals against average, .904 save percentage in two shutouts.
Anaheim won its first meeting with New Jersey this season 5-1 at home on Jan. 16, its second victory in a row in this series. Jakob Silfverberg scored twice in the win.
The Ducks are just 3-7-2 all-time in New Jersey.
Martin Havlat scored the Devils' goal in that loss at Anaheim, while Kinkaid allowed four goals on 25 shots in relief of Schneider. New Jersey's No. 1 goaltender made 14 saves through the first 20 minutes, but suffered an upper- body injury stopping a shot in the frame.