By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks(28-16-10) head into New York to battle the Rangers(33-18-1). This is the first meeting of the season between these two teams.
The Ducks are currently 0-1-1 on this road trip losing to Florida in regulation and then Tampa Bay in a shootout. Anaheim was without Sami Vatanen in Saturday’s game against the Lightning and it appears he may be out again tonight as he didn’t practice yesterday. Brandon Montour did get a chance to play and scored his first NHL goal. The Ducks did place Clayton Stoner on Long-Term Injury Reserve(LTIR) creating room to call up more players and/or even make a trade. For more on possible trades check out our latest podcast: Trades On The Horizon?
Rickard Rakell leads the team with 21 goals. Ryan Kesler is second in scoring with 18 goals. Jakob Silfverberg has 15 goals. Cam Fowler and Nick Ritchie both have 11. The Ducks are currently in second place in the Pacific, three points behind San Jose.
Keys To The Game
The Ducks are having difficulty getting shots on net recently. They managed 23 shots in the game against Florida and then just 16 in the contest with Tampa Bay. Anaheim also gave up 37 shots against in both games. The Ducks need to work on the sustaining the forecheck and putting the puck on net even if at a bad angle. Lastly, the Ducks need to focus on staying out of the penalty box. The Rangers are 9th in the league with the man advantage at 21.3%.
Anaheim’s Projected Lineup
John Gibson 20-12-8, GAA 2.27, SV% .921 (Unconfirmed)
New York’s Outlook:
The Rangers have won their last two games edging out Buffalo 2-1 in overtime and the Flames 4-3 in regulation. They are 11 points behind the division-leading Washington Capitals, but they are only four points behind the second-place Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins. Michael Grabner leads the team with 23 goals. Chris Kreider has 21 goals. J.T. Miller has 16 goals.
Keys To The Game
The Rangers are the second highest scoring team with 177 goals and they average 3.37 goals per game. Only the Pittsburgh Penguins have more goals at 184. The Rangers also average 30 shots on net per game. New York will look to get plenty of shots on net and attack the puck in the offensive zone. They are also good on special teams with a 21.3% power play and 82.0% penalty kill.
New York’s Projected Lineup
Henrik Lundqvist 23-13-1, GAA 2.74, .907 SV% (Unconfirmed)
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February 6, 2017