By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks(38-23-11) return home to host the Edmonton Oilers(39-24-9). The Ducks are 1-1-1 against the Oilers this season.
The Ducks last game came against the first place San Jose Sharks. The Ducks were able to pull out a 2-1 win. The Sharks also lost their following game so the Ducks are only four points out of first. Both the Ducks and Sharks have 10 games left in the season. Edmonton is also tied with Anaheim in terms of points. Rickard Rakell leads the Ducks with his career-high 32 goals. Ryan Kesler and Jakob Silfverberg both have 20.
Keys To The Game
The Ducks have played the Oilers with various results this season. The Oilers are just outside the top ten in goals scored per game at 2.85. The Ducks need to get off to a good start and also limit the Oilers’ chances. The Ducks need to stay out of penalty trouble. The Oilers have the third best power play in the league at 22.5% efficiency in the league. This is another big four-point night for Anaheim.
Anaheim’s Projected Lineup
Jonathan Bernier, 15-7-3, GAA 2.49, SV% .918 (Probable)
The Oilers are red hot right now as they have won four games in a row and have outscored their opponents 18 to 5. They dropped seven goals on Dallas and Boston. They then shut out Vancouver and Los Angeles each by a score of 2-0. They are tied with the Anaheim and have Calgary just one point behind of them. Connor McDavid and Patrick Maroon both lead the team in goals with 25. Leon Draisaitl has 24 goals.
Keys To The Game
The Oilers will look to continue to work the forecheck and draw penalties. They have the third best power play in the league. They are the worst team in the face-off circle at 47.2%. They will have their hands full against the Ducks centers. They may have to rely on their ability to counter-attack as opposed to gaining possession off the face-offs in this contest.
Edmonton’s Projected Lineup
Patrick Maroon – Connor McDavid – Leon Draisaitl
Milan Lucic – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
Benoit Pouliot – David Desharnais – Zack Kassian
Matt Hendricks – Mark Letestu – Drake Caggiula
Cam Talbot, 37-20-8, GAA 2.32, SV% .922 (Unconfirmed)
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March 21th, 2017