PREVIEW: Ducks Travel To Chicago

Photo: Reuters

Photo: Reuters

By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks (1-5-1) continue their road trip to Chicago for a Western Conference Final rematch. The Blackhawks (5-3-0) have won three in a row and have gained some momentum. The Ducks are still looking for answers as they have been blanked four times already this season. Game starts at 5:30PM.

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Keys To The Game:

Ducks:

1. Defense: The Ducks need to help Frederik Andersen out. He did everything he could in the last game to keep the Ducks in it, but he can’t do it alone.

2. Work Hard: A fire needs to be lit under this team. The Ducks need to put forth a full effort and work hard to create better opportunities to score.

Blackhawks:

1.  Defense: Chicago is tied for second place with the least amount of goals against per game at 2.00. They will look to continue to limit the Ducks offensive chances.

2. Shots:  The Blackhawks are 10th in the league in shots on net with an average of 31.1 per game. They will game plan to pepper the Ducks goalie throughout the game to create scoring chances.

Players To Watch:

Ducks

1. Ryan Getzlaf: He actually leads the team in shots with 19. Being the captain, hopefully he can turn this team around sooner than later.

2. Corey Perry: He has a had a few scoring opportunities. Hopefully the chances keep coming and the goals start to follow.

Blackhawks

1. Patrick Kane: He leads the team with five goals and six assists for 11 total points. The Ducks are going to need to find a way to slow him down as much as possible.

2. Ryan Garbutt: One of the fan favorites in Anaheim(sarcasm) could actually be a benefit to the Ducks. Maybe if Garbutt tries to get under the Ducks skin they will respond and get fired up.

Anaheim Ducks Projected Lineup:

The Ducks have recalled Chris Wagner. It appears he will draw in on the fourth line tonight according to Eric Stephens. Chris Stewart will be a healthy scratch.

Offense

Carl Hagelin – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry

Jiri Sekac – Ryan Kesler – Jakob Silfverberg

Andrew Cogliano – Rickard Rakell – Mike Santorelli 

Patrick Maroon Shawn Horcoff – Chris Wagner

Defense

Hampus LindholmKevin Bieksa

Cam FowlerKorbinian Holzer

Clayton StonerSami Vatanen

Chicago Blackhawks Projected Lineup:

Offense

Viktor TikhonovJonathan ToewsMarian Hossa

Artemi PanarinArtem AnisimovPatrick Kane

Teuvo TeravainenVincent HinostrozaRyan Garbutt

Andrew DesjardinsMarcus KrugerAndrew Shaw

Defense

Niklas HjalmarssonBrent Seabrook

Trevor DaleyTrevor van Riemsdyk

Viktor SvedbergDavid Rundblad

Starting Goalies:

Ducks:              Frederik Andersen       0-3-1 GAA 1.86 SV% .938 (Probable)

Blackhawks:    Corey Crawford            4-2-1 GAA 1.84 SV% .929 (Probable)

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2 thoughts on “PREVIEW: Ducks Travel To Chicago

  1. I’d be disappointed if we don’t score on Crawford with a GAA like that haha

    Blackhawks:    Corey Crawford            4-2-1 **GAA 21.84**
    SV% .929 (Probable)

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