By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks (32-19-8) continue their home stand against the Edmonton Oilers(22-34-6). The Ducks are 2-0-1 against the Oilers this season in their three meetings. Tonight’s game starts at 7:00 PM PT.
Tonight is Chapman Family Night. If you are an alumnus or family of one, then stop by the booth outside section 203 before the game to enter to win prizes. For more information visit here: Chapman Family Night At Honda Center Also congratulations to the Chapman Ice Hockey team for winning their first championship this past week!
Keys To The Game:
1. Forecheck: The Oilers played the Kings last night, losing 2-1. The Ducks need to sustain good solid pressure early in this game and put the Oilers on their heels from the start.
2. Defense: The Ducks returned to stellar defensive play against Buffalo and need to continue the trend against the Oilers. The Ducks beat the Oilers in their last night meeting, but Anaheim did give up three goals in the contest.
1. Complete Game: The Oilers have been on a slide losing six in a row (0-5-1), but played better last night against Los Angeles. They played well for two periods and were beating the Kings, but lost giving up two goals in the final period. They need to play well in all three periods if they want to beat the Ducks tonight.
2. Discipline: The Oilers need to avoid the penalty box as much as possible. The Ducks power play is clicking at 20.9% efficiency, which is ranked 8th in the league.
Players To Watch:
1. Ryan Getzlaf: The Captain has been on a roll the past several weeks with a nine game point streak. He has four goals and 10 assists during that span. He has really found good chemistry with David Perron.
2. Nick Ritchie: Each night it seems he keeps getting closer and closer to scoring his first NHL goal. Maybe tonight he finally gets his first as he has had chances playing with Rickard Rakell and Corey Perry.
1. Taylor Hall: He leads the Oilers with 53 points(20G + 33A). He had three points in his last three games and had one goal against the Ducks in their last meeting.
2. Jordan Eberle: He is the second leading goal scorer on the team with 19. He has four points in his last five games.
Edmonton Oilers Projected Lineup (Lineup From Last Night):
Forward Teddy Purcell and defenseman Justin Schultz were scratched last night, but both could play tonight. Word is Purcell has interest from a few teams and could be moved before the trade deadline. Schultz could also be traded as well by this coming Monday.
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