Preview: Ducks Look To Clinch Playoff Spot Against Canucks

Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea, USA Today

By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(41-23-11) hit the road to western Canada and their first stop will be in Vancouver to face the Canucks(30-36-9). The Ducks are 2-1-1 against the Canucks this season.

Anaheim Outlook:

The Ducks take their four-game winning streak on the road to Canada. Anaheim is currently in first place in the Pacific Division. Edmonton and San Jose trail Anaheim by two points. Calgary is just one point behind Anaheim. Rickard Rakell leads the team with 32 goals. Ryan Kesler and Jakob Silfverberg each have 21 goals.

The Ducks have made a few roster moves recently. They sent Clayton Stoner down to San Diego and he played in one game with the Gulls. He could join the team on this road trip. Jhonas Enroth was also sent to San Diego. The Gulls just clinched a playoff spot and could use him. Randy Carlyle said John Gibson could get it a start on this road trip as a result.

Keys To The Game

The Ducks need to keep playing their game. They have managed to earn 11 points in their last six games while the Sharks have struggled to earn any points. The Ducks were down nine points a few weeks ago but now find themselves two points up in the Pacific Division. The only weakness for Anaheim has been the power play as of late. They have been getting secondary scoring and playing solid team defense. If they can get the power play going, then they will be firing on all cylinders.

Anaheim’s Projected Lineup

Offense
Patrick Eaves – Ryan Getzlaf – Rickard Rakell
Andrew Cogliano – Ryan Kesler – Jakob Silfverberg
Nick RitchieAntoine Vermette – Corey Perry
Chris Wagner – Nate Thompson – Logan Shaw

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

In Net
Jonathan Bernier 18-7-3, GAA 2.47, SV% .917 (Unconfirmed)

Vancouver Outlook:

The Canucks have dropped out of the playoff race and will play for pride the rest of the season. They have lost eight of their last 10 games. They did beat Anaheim 2-1 in their last meeting. Bo Horvat leads the team with 20 goals. Markus Granlund has 19 goals. Sven Baertschi and Brandon Sutter both have 17.

Keys To The Game

Vancouver has had recent success against the Ducks. They need to score first and keep the game close. They do give up 31.9 shots against per game, which is ranked 24th in the league. They will need to get in the shooting lanes and try to block as many shots as possible. If they can limit the Ducks chances, then will have a chance to earn two points tonight.

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
Ryan Miller, 18-24-6, GAA 2.77, SV% .915 (Unconfirmed)

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March 28th, 2017

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