With less than a week before NHL teams depart for Sochi there is a crucial game in the Western Conference among the leaders tonight.
The Anaheim Ducks, who currently occupy first place, will host the second placed Chicago Blackhawks with just three points separating the two teams.
The Ducks have hit a losing streak at home of late, losing three of four at Honda Center but they have reasons to turn it around tonight. These two teams are not just the leaders in the conference, but also have the two best records in the league and look set to be battling each other all the way to the end.
Ducks defenseman Bryan Allen wants a win: "
"I think it's appropriate we play Chicago," Allen said following practice Tuesday. "They're a great team coming in that's always a good battle and great games. It'll be good to end [the homestand] with a victory."
The Blackhawks, meanwhile have won two out of three and are in the middle of a seven-game road trip. Veteran forward Marion Hossa has been productive in recent games despite missing practice time.
"It is huge when you can have some days extra off and just maybe not going out on the ice and working on something different here in the dressing room or in the gym," Hossa said. "As long as you feel good on the ice, that's the important thing."