Preview: Ducks vs Oilers

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By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(12-8-4) continue their road trip against the Edmonton Oilers(13-10-2). They are both tied in terms of points, however, Anaheim has played one less game. In the first meeting of the season, the Ducks won in convincing fashion 4-1. The Ducks got goals from Nick Ritchie, Cam Fowler, Ryan Kesler, and Antoine Vermette. John Gibson only allowed one goal, which was accidentally deflected past him by Fowler.

Anaheim Outlook

The Ducks are riding a three-game winning streak beating San Jose, Montreal, and Vancouver. It’s the first time Anaheim has put together three wins in a row this season. Rickard Rakell leads the team in goals with nine. Kesler and Jakob Silfverberg both have eight goals. Cam Fowler leads all defensemen with seven. John Gibson has won his last two games giving up only two goals stopping 66 of 68 shots on net. Also, Ondrej Kase scored his first NHL goal in the 3-1 victory over Vancouver.

Keys To The Game

The Ducks have put forth solid efforts over the course of their winning streak. The Ducks have shown in these last three games if they can put forth a consistent effort in all three periods of a game, then they have a great chance at winning every night. Tonight they will be tested against the Oilers. In the first meeting, the Ducks were able to shut down Connor McDavid by having the Kesler line and/or defensive pairings of Hampus Lindholm and Josh Manson on the ice at the same time. Edmonton will have the last change being at home tonight, so expect Oilers head coach Todd McLellan to try to get favorable match-ups.

Anaheim Projected Lineup

Offense
Rickard RakellRyan GetzlafCorey Perry
Andrew CoglianoRyan KeslerJakob Silfverberg
Nick RitchieAntoine VermetteOndrej Kase
Ryan Garbutt – Logan Shaw – Chris Wagner

Defense
Cam FowlerSami Vatanen
Hampus Lindholm – Josh Manson
Shea Theodore – Kevin Bieksa

In Net
John Gibson (Unconfirmed)

Edmonton Outlook

The Oilers are coming off a wild 6-3 victory against the Winnipeg Jets. After the first period, the Jets led 2-1 but three goals in the second period gave the Oilers a 4-2 advantage. The Jets did score first in the third period to pull within one, but the Oilers answered with two more goals to win 6-3. Connor McDavid leads the team with 11 goals. Leon Draisaitl has nine goals. Milan LucicJordan Eberle, and Patrick Maroon are all tied with seven goals each.

Keys To The Game

Edmonton likes to put plenty of shots on the opponent’s net. They average 31.8 shots per game, which is 5th in the league. The Oilers will try to get as much traffic in front of the Anaheim net as they fire away their shot attempts. They are much improved on their special teams this season. The penalty is 86.3% efficient, which is third in the league. On the power play, they are 19.0% efficient, which is 13th in the league. If they can score first, then they could pull out two points in this contest.

Edmonton Projected Lineup

Offense
Patrick MaroonConnor McDavidJordan Eberle
Benoit PouliotRyan Nugent-HopkinsJesse Puljujarvi
Milan Lucic –  Leon DraisaitlTyler Pitlick
Anton LanderMark LetestuZack Kassian

Defense
Oscar KlefbomAdam Larsson
Andrej Sekera – Kris Russell
Darnell NurseMatthew Benning

In Net
Cam Talbot (Unconfirmed)

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