Preview: Ducks Face Former Coach Boudreau

Photo: Chris Carlson, AP

Photo: Chris Carlson, AP

By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(21-12-8) face their old coach Bruce Boudreau tonight. This is the first meeting between the Ducks and Wild tonight this season.

Anaheim Outlook:

The Ducks have won three games in a row, including their first 3-on-3 overtime win against the Arizona Coyotes this past Friday. Ryan Getzlaf didn’t play in hat contest and the Ducks are now 4-1-0 this season without their Captain. According to head coach Randy Carlyle, Getzlaf will not play tonight. Anaheim is in first place in the Pacific Division with 50 points. John Gibson will get the start in net.

Rickard Rakell leads the team with 16 goals this season. Ryan Kesler has scored 15 goals. Jakob Silfverberg has 11 goals. Andrew CoglianoCam Fowler, and Nick Ritchie each have nine goals.

Keys To The Game

The Ducks have played better defensively in their last two games, but those contests were against Detroit and Arizona. Tonight they will be tested against the red-hot Wild team. Anaheim will need to score first as the Wild are one of the best defensive teams in the league. The Ducks have tightened things up on defense so this could be a low scoring affair. The Ducks will look to control the game with the faceoffs. Anaheim wins 55.6% which is the best in the league.

Anaheim’s Projected Lineup

Offense
Andrew CoglianoRyan KeslerJakob Silfverberg
Joseph Cramarossa – Rickard Rakell – Corey Perry
Nick RitchieAntoine Vermette – Ondrej Kase
Logan Shaw – Chris Wagner – Jared Boll

Defense
Cam FowlerBrandon Montour
Hampus Lindholm – Josh Manson
Sami Vatanen – Kevin Bieksa

In Net
John Gibson 15-9-7, GAA 2.48, SV% .913 (Confirmed)

Minnesota Outlook

The Wild had a 12 game winning streak in the month of December, which was ended by the Blue Jackets who went on their own streak of 16 wins. Since then the Wild played San Jose and Los Angeles. They beat the Sharks 5-4 and lost to the Kings 4-3 in overtime. The Wild currently have 53 points with a record of 24-9-5 and are in second place in the Central division. Charlie Coyle and Eric Staal lead the team with 13 goals. Mikko Koivu has 12 goals and Mikael Granlund has 10 goals.

Keys To The Game

One of the biggest strengths is the Wild’s goal differential. They average 3.16 goals per game, which is 4th best in the league. They also give up 2.16 goals against per game on average, which is 2nd best in the league. Overall they are +13 on the season, which is 3rd best in the Western Conference. Minnesota is ranked 5th on the penalty kill at 85.5%. The Wild give up over 30 shots(30.7) per game against, so they will look to limit Anaheim’s shot attempts tonight.

Minnesota’s Projected Lineup (Per Dailyfaceoff.com)

Offense
Zach PariseEric StaalNino Niederreiter
Jason ZuckerMikko KoivuMikael Granlund
Jason Pominville – Erik Haula – Charlie Coyle
Chris Stewart – Tyler Graovac – Jordan Schroeder

Defense
Ryan SuterJared Spurgeon
Jonas BrodinMathew Dumba
Marco ScandellaNate Prosser

In Net
Devan Dubnyk 20-7-3, GAA 1.83, SV% .939 (Probable)

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January 8, 2017

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