By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks(3-3-2) continue the homestand against the Columbus Blue Jackets(2-3-1). The game starts at 7:00 PM PT. The Ducks were 1-0-1 in the regular season series last year.
The Ducks are coming off their best game of the season, pounding the Nashville Predators 6-1. The Ducks exploded in the second period with five goals to blow the game wide. Anaheim got goals on the night from Andrew Cogliano, Jakob Silfverberg(2), Ryan Kesler, Nick Ritchie, and Corey Perry. Pekka Rinne was chased out of the net during the second period. It was almost a near perfect night until Nashville ended John Gibson‘s shutout bid late in the game.
The Ducks beat the Predators without captain Ryan Getzlaf. It’s not confirmed if he will play in tonight’s contest as he suffered an upper body injury against the San Jose Sharks. However, with Emerson Etem being assigned to San Diego there is a good chance Getzlaf will be good to go. The key for Anaheim to win tonight is simple, repeat their previous performance. The Ducks dominated the Predators whether on special teams or even strength play.
John Gibson (Probable)
The Blue Jackets played the San Jose Sharks last night losing 3-1. Towards the end of the second period, the lights went out, which resulted in the period being ended early. The third period was played with an additional 2:42 on the clock. Columbus has had an up and down season so far, losing to Los Angeles, Boston, and San Jose twice. They have beaten the Chicago Blackhawks and blanked the Dallas Stars 3-0.
The key for a victory tonight is the special teams. The Blue Jackets are first in power play efficiency at 38.5%. Their penalty kill is 84.2% successful, which is just outside the top ten in the NHL. The issue for Columbus is their defense, which is giving up almost three goals(2.83) per game. The Blue Jackets also give up 33.3 per game to their opponent, which ranks 27th in the league. They need to take advantage of their power play chases and try to limit the Ducks shots on goal.
Projected Lineup (Dailyfaceoff.com)
Sergei Bobrovsky (Probable)
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