PREVIEW: Ducks Start Road Trip In Winnipeg

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By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(39-22-9) start their road trip against the Winnipeg Jets(29-37-5). The Ducks played the Jets once this season winning 4-1. Today is the second of three meetings this season. The game starts at 12:00 PM.

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Keys To The Game:

Ducks

1. Special teams: The Ducks are tied for first in power play efficiency at 23.2% and they are first in penalty kill at 87.1%. Having both special teams units playing so well is going to be key for Anaheim heading into the playoffs.

2. Balanced Attack: The Ducks have been able to roll four lines that each can score. If the Ducks can continue to do that, then their opponents are going to have a difficult time trying to shut down Anaheim’s offense.

Jets

1. Power Play: The Jets are only 15.0% efficient on the power play this season. They have converted only once in their last 25 opportunities, covering an eight game span.

2. Score First: The Jets have lost 8 of their last 11 games. They need to get off to a good start against Anaheim to have success in this contest.

Players To Watch:

Ducks

1. Jamie McGinn: He scored a goal in the last game against Boston while playing with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. The three players practiced yesterday on the same line.

2. Rickard Rakell: He has been having a career year 19 goals, which is third on the Ducks. He has four points in his last four games.

Jets

1. Mark Scheifele: He leads the Jets with 23 goals and has scored two goals in his last four games. He has four power play goals and three game winning goals.

2. Blake Wheeler: He leads the team in total points with 62(18G + 44A). He has three points in his last four games.

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Anaheim Ducks Projected Lineup:
Getzlaf and Perry were put back together in the last game against Boston. They also skated together at practice yesterday so it’s likely Bruce Boudreau will keep them together for today’s game. For more on yesterday’s practice visit: Ducks Practice At Anaheim Ice

Offense

Jamie McGinn – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry

Brandon Pirri  – Rickard Rakell – David Perron

Andrew Cogliano – Ryan Kesler – Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie – Shawn Horcoff – Ryan Garbutt

Defense

Cam FowlerKevin Bieksa

Hampus Lindholm – Josh Manson

Clayton StonerSimon Despres

Winnipeg Jets Projected Lineup (Per Leftwinglock.com):

Offense

Drew StaffordMark ScheifeleBlake Wheeler

Mathieu PerreaultAlexander BurmistrovMarko Dano

Nicolas PetanAdam LowryScott Kosmachuk

Matt HalischukAndrew CoppChris Thorburn

Defense

Toby EnstromDustin Byfuglien

Jacob TroubaTyler Myers

Ben ChiarotPaul Postma

Ducks:                           John Gibson                                16-10-2 GAA 2.07 SV% .919% (Confirmed)

Jets:                               Ondrej Pavelec                            8-13-2 GAA 2.90 SV% .901% (Probable)

TEAM COMPARISON 

GP RECORD HOME ROAD L10 G/GP GA/GP PP% PK% PIM/GP S/GP SA/GP FO%
70 39-22-9 23-9-5 16-13-4 6-3-1 2.51 2.26 23.2 87.2 12.5 30.4 27.5 51.5
71 29-37-5 15-18-2 14-19-3 3-6-1 2.54 2.96 15.0 78.5 11.9 29.7 29.7 47.2

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