PREVIEW: Ducks Travel To Colorado

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By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(37-19-9) go on the road to Colorado to face the Avalanche(34-30-4). This is the second meeting against Colorado this season. The Avalanche won the first contest 3-0 back on October 16, 2015. The game tonight starts at 7PM.

Please note the game is on KCOP 13 and not Fox Sports West tonight.

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Keys To The Game:

Ducks

1. Power Play: The Ducks went zero for four on the power play against Washington. The Ducks need to gain entrance into the offensive zone faster and create traffic in front the net. They have been doing this during the previous week streak, but got away from it a little bit in the game against the Capitals.

2. Shots: Colorado gives up an average of 32 shots on net per game. The Ducks need to pepper Varlamov, who had a solid outing on Monday stopping 37 of 38 shots on net.

Avalanche

1. Score First: The Avalanche have been giving up goals in bunches lately as they have allowed 27 goals in their last seven games. It would serve them well to get the first goal against the red hot Anaheim squad.

2. Discipline: Colorado doesn’t take too many penalties averaging less than 10 minutes a game. If they can stay out of the box and play most of the game at even strength, then they have a better chance of winning this contest.

Players To Watch:

Ducks

1. Ryan Getzlaf: He scored the only Ducks goal in the game against Washington. He continues to pile on the points and has earned four in his last five games.

2. Simon Despres: He gets to finally play against Colorado again and Tyson Barrie who knocked him out the season early with a concussion. Look for Despres to make some solid checks tonight and be a little extra motivated.

Avalanche

1. Matt Duchene: He leads the Avalanche in total points with 52(28G + 24A). He has recorded four points in his last four games, scoring two game winning goals.

2. Nathan MacKinnon: He is second the team in terms of goals scored with 20. He has earned five points in his last six games.

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Anaheim Ducks Projected Lineup:
Yesterday was a travel day for Anaheim so the team didn’t practice. If any changes are announced today, then they will be reflected below.

Shawn Horcoff is serving the 20th game of his suspension today. He is eligible to play on Friday against St. Louis.

Offense

Nick Ritchie  – Ryan Getzlaf – David Perron

Jamie McGinn – Rickard RakellCorey Perry

Andrew Cogliano – Ryan Kesler – Jakob Silfverberg

Ryan Garbutt – Nate Thompson – Mike Santorelli 

Defense

Cam FowlerKevin Bieksa

Hampus LindholmJosh Manson

Simon Despres – Sami Vatanen

Colorado Avalanche Projected Lineup (Per Leftwinglock.com):

Defenseman Zach Redmond (lower body) and forward Blake Comeau (back) were both absent from yesterday’s practice, as they tended to minor injuries. Andrew Bodnarchuk might play if Redmond is unable to go. It appears Colorado is going with the same lineup as in their contest Monday, unless Redmond or Comeau can’t go.

Offense

Mikkel BoedkerNathan MacKinnonBlake Comeau

Mikhail GrigorenkoMatt DucheneJarome Iginla

Shawn MatthiasCarl SoderbergGabriel Landeskog

Cody McLeodJohn MitchellJack Skille

Defense

Francois BeaucheminErik Johnson

Nick HoldenTyson Barrie

Eric GelinasZach Redmond

Ducks:                          John Gibson                          16-8-3 GAA 2.04 SV% .920% (Confirmed)

Avalanche:                    Semyon Varlamov               23-17-3 GAA 2.75 SV% .914% (Confirmed)

TEAM COMPARISON 

GP RECORD HOME ROAD L10 G/GP GA/GP PP% PK% PIM/GP S/GP SA/GP FO%
65 37-19-9 21-8-5 16-11-4 9-0-1 2.49 2.26 23.4 86.4 12.8 30.5 27.6 51.5
68 34-30-4 16-15-4 18-15-0 5-5-0 2.65 2.87 19.5 81.4 9.4 28.8 32.0 49.9

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