Preview: Ducks Host The Canucks

Photo: NHL YouTube

Photo: NHL YouTube

By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(33-21-10) continue their homestand against the Vancouver Canucks(27-30-7). The Ducks are 2-0-1 against the Canucks this season.

Anaheim Outlook:

The new not so much look Ducks came out of the bye week and crushed the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2. It was an impressive win by the Ducks despite Frederik Andersen not starting in goal since it was the second of back-to-back games for the Maple Leafs. The Ducks are currently two points out of second place in the Pacific Division and Calgary is just two points behind them. Rickard Rakell has been tearing it up this season with 26 goals, which leads the team.

Keys To The Game

The Ducks need to play like they did against Toronto on Friday night. If the Ducks can get secondary scoring, then that will help them as the playoffs approach. The biggest question is will Perry show up anything soon on the score sheet? He seems to have picked up his pesky game, but he needs goals to help this team. If the Ducks can score first in this game, then they will put them in a position to earn two points.

Anaheim’s Projected Lineup

Offense
Nick Ritchie – Ryan Getzlaf – Ondrej Kase
Andrew Cogliano – Ryan Kesler – Jakob Silfverberg
Patrick Eaves – Rickard Rakell – Corey Perry
Logan ShawNate ThompsonJared Boll

Defense
Cam Fowler – Sami Vatanen
Hampus Lindholm – Josh Manson
Korbinian Holzer – Kevin Bieksa

In Net
Jonathan Bernier 10-6-2, GAA 2.94, SV% .901 (Unconfirmed)

Vancouver Outlook:

The Canucks have dropped their last four out of five games and are looking at not making the playoffs this season. They are seven points out of a wild-card spot and will likely be watching the playoffs at home come mid-April. They are going to go a very hot streak if they want to try for a wild-card spot. Bo Horvat leads the team with 19 goals. Markus Granlund has 16 goals.Sven Baertschi and Brandon Sutter both have 15.

Keys To The Game

The Canucks did beat the Kings last night so they may be a little tired coming into tonight’s game. They need to score first and build a lead like they did last night. Even with a three-goal advantage late in the game, they gave two goals in the final minutes of the game nearly forcing them to go to overtime. Vancouver has had an inconsistent season, but they did beat Anaheim 3-2 in overtime in their last meeting.

Vancouver’s Projected Lineup

Offense
Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Markus Granlund
Sven Baertschi – Bo Horvat – Loui Eriksson
Nikolay Goldobin – Brandon Sutter – Jayson Megna
Brendan Gaunce – Michael Chaput – Joseph Cramarossa

Defense
Alexander Edler – Troy Stecher
Luca Sbisa – Chris Tanev
Ben Hutton – Philip Larsen

In Net
Jacob Markstrom, 10-11-3, GAA 2.63, SV% .910 (Unconfirmed)

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March 5th, 2017

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