By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks(42-23-11) continue their road trip against the Winnipeg Jets(35-35-7). The Ducks are 2-0-0 against the Jets this season.
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The Ducks started their road trip with a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Anaheim has clinched a playoff spot and that is left to decide is what place they will end up in the Pacific Division. The Ducks currently hold a two point advantage over San Jose and Edmonton for first place. All three teams have six games left to go in the regular season. Ryan Getzlaf was a last minute scratch last game and he is questionable for tonight. The Ducks recalled Ondrej Kase as a result. Rickard Rakell leads the Ducks with his career-high 32 goals. Ryan Kesler and Jakob Silfverberg both have 21.
Keys To The Game
The Ducks need to just keep the momentum going. They have been scoring more goals and playing solid defense. They may have to play again tonight without their captain, but they should still be able to pull out two points. The only area of concern for the Ducks is being more productive on the power play.
Anaheim’s Projected Lineup
Jonathan Bernier, 19-7-3, GAA 2.42, SV% .919 (Confirmed)
The Jets defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in a shootout Tuesday night for their second consecutive win and fifth win in their last seven games. Despite playing better as of late, the Jets have been eliminated from making the playoffs. They will be playing for pride for their final five games of the season. Patrik Laine leads the team with 34 goals. Mark Scheifele has 29 goals. Blake Wheeler and Nikolaj Ehlers both have 23 goals.
Keys To The Game
The Jets have been winning games due to their special teams as of late. The Jets are 8-for-28 (28.6%) on the power play in their last eight games and they are a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill in their last three games. Winnipeg will likely have to rely on the special teams to get two points tonight. They have been shorthanded the most in the NHL this season(263 times).
Winnipeg’s Projected Lineup
Connor Hellebuyck, 24-19-4, GAA 2.94, SV% .905 (Unconfirmed)
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March 30th, 2017