Preview: Ducks Travel To Winnipeg

Photo: NHL YouTube

Photo: NHL YouTube

By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(26-14-9) travel to Winnipeg to face the Jets(22-23-4). This is the first meeting between the teams this season.

Anaheim Outlook:

The Ducks lost their last game to the Minnesota Wild 5-3. Anaheim looked good after two periods with a 3-2 lead, but they slipped in the first five minutes of the third period by giving up three goals. To add insult to injury, John Gibson left the game with an upper-body injury. He did practice on Sunday, but it’s not clear if he still start tonight. Jakob Silfverberg is also out with an upper-body injury and is not with the team on this trip. Rickard Rakell leads the team with 19 goals this season. Ryan Kesler has scored 18 goals. Jakob Silfverberg has 13 goals and Nick Ritchie has 11 goals.

Keys To The Game

It has been a while, but the Ducks gave up multiple goals in a short time span in the third period against the Wild. The Ducks have been playing solid defense since the beginning of the year. Anaheim has scored on the power play in their last three contests. The Ducks will look to get on the forecheck early and draw penalties on the Jets. Winnipeg has one of the worst penalty killing units ranking 26th in the league at 77.4%.

Anaheim’s Projected Lineup

Offense
Andrew Cogliano – Ryan Kesler – Logan Shaw
Rickard Rakell – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Nick RitchieAntoine Vermette – Ondrej Kase
Joseph Cramarossa – Stefan NoesenJared Boll

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

In Net
John Gibson 19-10-8, GAA 2.27, SV% .921 (Unconfirmed)

Winnipeg Outlook

The Jets have won their last two games beating the Coyotes 6-3 and Blues 5-3. The Jets are currently in fourth place in the Central Division with 48 points in a battle for one of the wild-card spots in the Western Conference. They will be without Patrik Laine(concussion) and Drew Miller(lower-body injury) tonight. Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine lead the team with 21 goals. Nikolaj Ehlers has 16 goals and Blake Wheeler has 15.

Keys To The Game

Even without one of their top scorers, Winnipeg has still been able to score. However, they have been getting scored on giving up 25 goals in their last six games. The Jets should be able to generate offense, but they need to focus on their defense in this contest. They average over 30 shots(30.6) against per game and have the 26th ranked penalty kill. They need to get in the shooting lanes and block as many Anaheim shots as possible. Also if they can play disciplined hockey and stay out of the sin bin, then they have a good chance to earn two points tonight.

Winnipeg’s Projected Lineup (Per Dailyfaceoff.com)

Offense
Mathieu Perreault – Bryan Little – Blake Wheeler
Andrew Copp – Mark Scheifele – Nikolaj Ehlers
Shawn Matthias – Adam Lowry – Joel Armia
Brandon Tanev – Nic Petan – Chris Thorburn

Defense
Josh MorrisseyDustin Byfuglien
Toby EnstromJacob Trouba
Mark StuartPaul Postma

In Net
Ondrej Pavelec 2-0-0, GAA 3.03, SV% .936 (Probable)

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January 23, 2017

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