Preview: Ducks Look To Rebound Against The Bruins

Photo: Michael Dwyer, AP

Photo: Michael Dwyer, AP

By: Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks (15-10-5) square off with the Boston Bruins(16-12-3). This is the first meeting between these teams this season.

Anaheim Outlook:

The Ducks look to get back on track against the Bruins tonight. Anaheim was riding a three-game winning streak until they played the Dallas Stars. The Ducks played well for the first two periods and even had a 2-1 lead early in the third period. However, after the Ducks made it 2-1, it was all the Stars, who scored five unanswered goals to win 6-2. Ryan Kesler continues to lead the team in goals scored with 12. Rickard Rakell has scored 11 times and Jakob Silfverberg has eight goals. Andrew Cogliano, Cam FowlerCorey Perry, and Nick Ritchie each have seven goals.

Keys To The Game:

The Ducks are going to look to score during 5-on-5 play. The Bruins rank 3rd in the penalty kill at 86.4%. One area of concern for Anaheim is giving up consecutive goals in a row. This season in games against Dallas, Calgary, and Pittsburgh(just to name a few) the Ducks have had issues where once one goal is given up then it turns into multiple scores. The Ducks need to find a way to stop allowing this to happen. Part of that process will continue to involve their young forwards from San Diego. For a closer look at the young forwards visit: The Anaheim Gulls?

Anaheim’s Projected Lineup

Offense
Rickard RakellRyan GetzlafCorey Perry
Andrew CoglianoRyan KeslerJakob Silfverberg
Nick Ritchie – Antoine VermetteOndrej Kase
Joseph Cramarossa  – Stefan Noesen – Logan Shaw

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

In Net
John Gibson (Unconfirmed)

Boston Outlook

The Bruins just played last night and lost 4-3 in overtime to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The teams each scored a goal in all three periods of play forcing overtime. Bryan Rust scored his eighth of the season to put Boston away. The Bruins are 5-2-3 in their last 10 games and are currently third in the Atlantic Division. David Pastrnak leads the team with 19 goals. Brad Marchand is second in scoring with nine goals. David Backes and Dominic Moore both has seven goals.

Key To The Game

Boston will look to score first, especially after having played last night in Pittsburgh. The Bruins are second in the league in shots on goal averaging 33.4. They are also fourth best in limiting their opponents chances averaging 27.5 shots on goal against. The Bruins will also look to battle it out in the face-off circle against the Ducks. Boston is third in the league with a 53.0% winning percentage. Anaheim is still the league best at 56.4%. Boston has scored 74 goals for and allowed 75, so expect this contest to be a tight scoring affair.

Boston’s Projected Lineup (Dailyfaceoff.com)

Offense

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronDavid Backes
Tim SchallerDavid KrejciDavid Pastrnak
Ryan SpoonerAustin CzarnikJimmy Hayes
Dominic MooreRiley NashNoel Acciari

Defense
Zdeno CharaBrandon Carlo
Torey KrugAdam McQuaid
Kevan Miller – Joe Morrow

In Net
Tuukka Rask (Unconfirmed)

How will the Ducks do on this road trip? Click below to hear our predictions!

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December 15, 2016

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