PREVIEW: Ducks Face Canadiens

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By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(34-19-8) finish their home stand against the Montreal Canadiens(30-28-5). This is the first of two meetings this season. The game starts at 7PM tonight.

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Keys To The Game:

Ducks

1. Forecheck: The Ducks need to just keep playing their game. They been scoring goals in bunches most of the time and also winning the low scoring games when they had to.

2. Special Teams: The Ducks dominated the special teams play against Los Angeles with three power play goals. Anaheim is now tied for the 3rd best power play with a 22.3% efficiency.

Canadiens

1. Defense: In three of their last eight games they have given up six goals. They are going to need a strong defensive effort tonight to win this game.

2. Shots: Montreal is fourth in the league in shots on net with 31.6. They are going to need to throw as many shots at Anaheim’s goal tonight and get traffic in front to create some rebounds.

Players To Watch:

Ducks

1. Corey Perry: The Kings tried to get under Perry’s skin at the beginning of the game on Sunday and it worked, well it worked for Anaheim. Perry responded with a natural hat trick to almost single handedly take out Los Angeles. Lesson? Don’t poke the pear.

2. Jamie McGinn: It appears like McGinn will play in his first game in Anaheim. He scored 27 points (14G + 13A) in Buffalo this season in 63 games. It will be interesting to see what line he plays on.

Canadiens

1. P.K. Subban: He leads his team with 47 points(5G + 42A). He is one of the best two-defenseman in the league with good skating ability and a rocket of a shot from the blue line.

2. Max Pacioretty: He is the leading goal scoring with 23 this season. He also leads the team in power play goals with eight and game-winning goals with four. He has five points in his last five games.

Anaheim Ducks Projected Lineup:

McGinn could slide into Patrick Maroon‘s spot on the Thompson line. A better idea of the lineups will be known after the morning skate. For additional roster updates visit: Ducks: New Numbers & Roster Updates

Offense

David Perron – Ryan Getzlaf –  Mike Santorelli

Jamie McGinn Rickard RakellCorey Perry

Andrew CoglianoRyan KeslerJakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie – Nate Thompson  Ryan Garbutt

Defense

Cam FowlerKevin Bieksa

Hampus LindholmJosh Manson

Clayton Stoner – Sami Vatanen

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup (Per Leftwinglock.com):

Offense

Max PaciorettyTomas PlekanecBrendan Gallagher

Alex GalchenyukLars EllerSven Andrighetto

Jacob de La RosePhillip DanaultPaul Byron

Torrey MitchellMichael McCarronMike Brown

Defense

Andrei MarkovP.K. Subban

Alexei EmelinGreg Pateryn

Victor BartleyMark Barberio

Starting Goalies:

Ducks:                        John Gibson                      15-8-2 GAA 2.10 SV% .918% (Confirmed by various reports)

Canadiens:                 Mike Condon                     16-18-5 GAA 2.59 SV% .904% (Confirmed)

TEAM COMPARISON 

GP RECORD HOME ROAD L10 G/GP GA/GP PP% PK% PIM/GP S/GP SA/GP FO%
63 30-28-5 17-11-3 13-17-2 5-4-1 2.67 2.75 17.9 84.0 8.4 31.6 28.3 51.0
61 34-19-8 20-8-4 14-11-4 9-0-1 2.48 2.31 22.4 86.6 12.0 30.8 27.4 51.6

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