PREVIEW: Ducks Look To Rebound Against Oilers

Oilers vs Ducks

Oilers vs Ducks

By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(5-7-3) continue the home stand against the Edmonton Oilers(5-10-0). The Ducks are looking to rebound after losing in overtime to Arizona on Monday night. Tonight’s contest is at 7pm.

Tonight is military appreciation night at Honda Center. There will be some pre-game activities honoring our military. For more info on this and some deals on Ducks military jerseys please visit here: Ducks Military Appreciation Night

Thank you to everyone that has served our country!

Keys To The Game:

Ducks:

1. Second Period: The dreaded second period has carried over from last season. The Ducks have been outscored 21-5 in the second frame so for this year. They need to work on quicker line changes because they have gotten caught in their own zone for periods of time as a result of the benches being farther away.

2. Face-offs: The Ducks are just over 50% in the red dot at 50.3%. They need to improve this to control the puck more especially in the second period and key game situations.

Oilers:

1. Defense: The Oilers have given up the 3rd most goals in the league at 47. And with the loss of Connor McDavid it is going to be difficult to get into shootout type of contests.

2. Power Play: Oilers do possess the 5th best power play at 22.9%. It will be interesting to see how they perform against the Ducks’ league leading penalty kill.

Players To Watch:

Ducks

1. Jakob Silfverberg: He hasn’t disappointed in the shootouts, but he still doesn’t have a regulation goal yet. The Ducks could use some more scoring from their second line.

2. Chris Stewart: He scored a goal in the Ducks’ last game and now is tied for the team lead in scoring goals with three. He is also tied for second on the team with five total points.

Oilers

1. Taylor HallHe continues to lead the way for the Oil with six goals and 10 assists for 16 total points. He is 6th in the league with 61 shots on goal already and will draw the attention of the Ducks’ defense in this game.

2. Ryan Nugent-HopkinsHe is second leading scorer with five goals and seven assists for 12 total points. He has been on a roll as of late picking up six points in his last five games.

Anaheim Ducks Projected Lineup(Per NHL.com):

Rickard Rakell skated today at practice and is a game time decision. The lineup below is based on if he does in fact play. If he doesn’t play then expect Max Friberg to draw in with Mike Santorelli playing center. 

Jiri Sekac appears to be one or two weeks away from returning. Nate Thompson should be back before the end of the month. Simon Despres has still not skated with the team and there is no update on a timetable for his return.

Offense

Rickard Rakell  Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry

Carl Hagelin – Ryan Kesler  – Jakob Silfverberg

Andrew Cogliano –Shawn Horcoff – Chris Stewart 

Patrick Maroon – Mike Santorelli – Chris Wagner 

Defense

Cam Fowler Kevin Bieksa

Hampus Lindholm – Josh Manson

Clayton StonerSami Vatanen

Edmonton Oilers Projected Lineup (Per NHL.com):

Offense

Taylor HallLeon DraisaitlJordan Eberle

Benoit PouliotRyan Nugent-HopkinsNail Yakupov

Matt HendricksMark LetestuTeddy Purcell

Anton LanderAndrew MillerIiro Pakarinen

Defense

Andrej SekeraDarnell Nurse

Oscar KlefbomBrandon Davidson

Griffin Reinhart – Erik Gryba

Starting Goalies:

Ducks:       Frederik Andersen     3-5-3 GAA 2.19 SV% .929 (Confirmed)

Oilers:        Anders Nilsson          2-3-0 GAA 3.10 SV% .911% (Confirmed)

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