By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks(37-21-9) return home to face the New jersey Devils(33-29-7). The Ducks have played the Devils once winning 2-1. Tonight is the second and final regular season meeting. The game starts at 7PM.
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Keys To The Game:
1. Turnovers: Anaheim was a turnover machine in the game against St. Louis, especially in the third period. The Ducks need to execute better passes particularly when exiting their own zone.
2. Offense: Suddenly the red hot offense has cooled off. The Ducks managed just three goals in their last three games. They need to get back to their game by staying on the forecheck and getting to the loose pucks first.
1. Face-offs: The Devils are second to last in winning face-offs with a percentage of 47.0%. They need to do a better job in the face-off circle against Anaheim.
2. Shots: New Jersey averages only 24.4 shots on net per game. They need to get more shots on net in what could be another tight contest.
Players To Watch:
1. Corey Perry: He leads the team in goals scored with 28, but he has been quiet in his last four games not registering even a point. Look for him to get back on track this week at home.
2. Ryan Kesler: Last time these two teams met, he had the game winning goal. Maybe he can get the offense going again tonight against the Devils.
1. Kyle Palmieri: The former Duck is on fire this season as he leads the Devils with 25 goals. He also leads the team with nine power play goals.
2. Devante Smith-Pelly: After being traded from Anaheim to Montreal last season, this year he was traded to the Devils and will get to face his original team tonight. He has three goals and two assists in five games so far with New Jersey.
Sami Vatanen and Kevin Bieksa both missed practice yesterday. It appears like they may not play a few games this week. Brandon Pirri did skate with the team yesterday. For more read yesterday’s practice report and injury update: Practice Reports and Injury Updates
New Jersey Projected Lineup (Per):
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