PREVIEW: Ducks Continue The Road Trip In Montreal

ANAvsMTL

By Mike Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(40-22-9) continue their road trip against the Montreal Canadiens(33-34-6). The Ducks beat the Canadiens in 3-2 shootout victory in their first meeting. This is the second and final meeting of the season.

The Ducks can clinch a playoff spot tonight if they earn at least one point tonight. If the Ducks lose in regulation, then they can still clinch if the Coyotes lose in any manner tonight.

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Keys To The Game:

Ducks

1. Adjust: The Ducks are going to have to change the lines in this contest and likely the rest of the road trip without David Perron. The Ducks have a game in hand over the Kings and can still catch them for first in the Pacific Division.

2. Play Their Game: At times this season the Ducks have been guilty of playing down to their opponents. The Ducks can ill afford any lapses in their game. They need to stay the course as the playoffs approach.

Canadiens

1. Discipline: The Canadiens average less than 10 penalty minutes(9.3) per game. They need to stay out of the box as Anaheim had the best power play in the NHL.

2. Defense: Montreal has given up almost three goals(2.82) per game. They need to try to keep Anaheim to two goals or less in order to win this contest.

Players To Watch:

Ducks

1. Mike Santorelli: With Perron being out for several games, Santorelli will step in and have to play in his place. He has nine goals and seven assists so far in 63 games with Anaheim this season.

2. Jamie McGinn: He has scored goals in back-to-back games playing with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. He has five goals in 10 games so far with the Ducks.

Canadiens

1. Max Pacioretty: He leads the team in total points with 53(24G + 29A). He leads the team with eight power play goals and is tied for first in game winning goals with four.

2. Alex Galchenyuk: He leads Montreal with 26 goals. He is second on the team with seven power play goals and has two points in his last four games.

Anaheim Ducks Projected Lineup(Per Eric Stephens of OCR):
David Perron injured his shoulder and will be out for the remainder of the road trip. You can watch the video here: Perron Shoulder InjuryMike Santorelli will draw in.

Offense

Brandon Pirri – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry

Jamie McGinn – Rickard Rakell – Mike Santorelli

Andrew Cogliano – Ryan Kesler – Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie – Shawn Horcoff – Ryan Garbutt

Defense

Cam FowlerSimon Despres

Hampus Lindholm – Josh Manson

Korbinian Holzer Kevin Bieksa

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup (Per Leftwinglock.com):

Offense

Max PaciorettyAlex GalchenyukPaul Byron

Lars EllerTomas PlekanecTorrey Mitchell

Phillip DanaultMichael McCarronLucas Lessio

Stefan MatteauJacob de La RoseMike Brown

Defense

Andrei MarkovAlexei Emelin

Nathan BeaulieuGreg Pateryn

Victor BartleyDarren Dietz

Ducks:                           John Gibson                                17-10-2 GAA 2.07 SV% .919% (Confirmed)

Canadiens:                    Mike Condon                               17-22-6 GAA 2.64 SV% .904% (Confirmed)

TEAM COMPARISON 

GP RECORD HOME ROAD L10 G/GP GA/GP PP% PK% PIM/GP S/GP SA/GP FO%
71 40-22-9 23-9-5 17-13-4 6-3-1 2.52 2.25 23.4 87.3 12.5 30.4 27.5 51.6
73 33-34-6 19-14-3 14-20-3 3-6-1 2.56 2.82 16.7 83.6 9.3 30.9 29.2 50.9

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