Preview: Ducks Look To Bounce Back Against Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Journal

By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(42-23-12) continue their road trip against the Edmonton Oilers(43-25-9). The Ducks are 2-1-1 against the Oilers this season.

Anaheim Outlook:

The Ducks are looking to bounce back after losing 4-3 in overtime to the Winnipeg Jets. The Ducks had built a 3-1 lead going into the third period but played too passively allowing the Jets to tie the game with just 12 seconds left to go. The Ducks did earn a point, which is all that separates them from the Oilers. Both teams have just five games to go, so tonight is a big four-point contest.

The Ducks did sign Angus Redmond yesterday. For more info visit: Ducks Add “Beef” To Their Goalie Depth.

Keys To The Game

The Ducks need to play a complete game. The Ducks had trouble doing this in the beginning of the season and it looked like they fixed this issue until recently. Anaheim had the game against Winnipeg wrapped up until the final period, especially the last 10 minutes. The Ducks need to get off to a good start and continue the play for 60 minutes. The winner of this game could go on to win the division.

Anaheim’s Projected Lineup

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

Cam Fowler – Kevin Bieksa
Hampus Lindholm – Josh Manson
Sami Vatanen – Brandon Montour

In Net
John Gibson, 23-16-8, GAA 2.28, SV% .921 (Confirmed)

Edmonton Outlook:

The Oilers dropped their last game against the Ducks 4-3, but they still have been playing well only trailing the Ducks by one point. They have won eight of their last 10 games. Connor McDavid leads the team with 28 goals. Patrick Maroon and Leon Draisaitl both have 27 goals.

Keys To The Game

The Oilers will look to continue to work the forecheck and draw penalties. They have the fifth-best power play in the league. They are the worst team in the face-off circle at 47.3%. They will have their hands full against the Ducks centers. The Oilers do have the last change tonight playing at home so they will look to get the best matchup for the McDavid line.

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

Oscar Klefbom – Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera – Kris Russell
Darnell Nurse – Eric Gryba

In Net
Cam Talbot, 39-21-8, GAA 2.37, SV% .921 (Unconfirmed)

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April 1st, 2017