Game 2: The Return of Ritchie

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By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks took Game 1 by a final score of 3-2. Tonight they face Calgary for Game 2 again at home.

Anaheim Outlook

The Ducks won Game 1 that saw several momentum shifts throughout the game. Anaheim got a very early goal and played well in the opening 10 minutes of the game. Calgary, however, didn’t back down tying the game before the end of the period. They came out in the second period and took the lead 2-1. It looked like the Flames had the edge until a poor line change led to a 3-on-0 breakaway which the Rickard Rakell converted on to tie the game. Jakob Silfverberg scored a few minutes after that and the Ducks never looked back after that.

The Ducks will get back Nick Ritchie, who was suspended two games for punching Chicago’s Michael Rozvial’s in the face. Ritchie missed the Ducks last game of the regular season against Los Angeles and the first game against Calgary. He will draw in and it’s likely Ondrej Kase will be out.

Cam Fowler was spotted walking around at the practice yesterday and he said he is feeling better. For more visit: Fowler Feeling Better.

Keys To The Game

The Ducks need to play a solid 60-minute game. There was a period of about 15-20 minutes where the Flames controlled the tempo of the game and could have at least forced overtime. The Ducks were effective on the power play cashing in twice and were dominate in the face-off circle. The Ducks need to be careful of taking too many penalties. They had to kill off a 5-on-3 late in the game in order to win.

Anaheim Projected Lineup

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

Defense
Shea Theodore – Kevin Bieksa
Hampus Lindholm – Josh Manson
Sami Vatanen – Brandon Montour

In Net
John Gibson (Confirmed)

Calgary Outlook

The Flames dropped the first game, but they played well taking the lead in the second period. A bad line change cost them the game-tying goal and they couldn’t recover after that. The Flames had a huge opportunity in the final minutes with a 5-on-3 power play and even a 6-on-4 advantage at one point once they pulled their goalie. If the Flames can limit their mistakes, then they have a good chance to tie up this series.

Keys To The Game

The Flames played a decent road game, but they need to improve in a few areas. First, they only won 37% of the face-offs. They need to change that as the Ducks dominated them in the draws. The Flames also need to be better on the penalty kill as they gave up two goals while being short-handed seven times. The Flames also tried to draw penalties with post-whistle activity, which the Ducks didn’t go for. The Flames need to focus on their own game instead of trying to frustrate the Ducks after the whistle if they want to win tonight.

Calgary Projected Lineup

Offense
John GaudreauSam BennettTroy Brouwer
Matthew TkachukMikael BacklundMichael Frolik
Micheal FerlandSean MonahanAlex Chiasson
Lance BoumaMatt StajanFreddie Hamilton

In Net
Brian Elliott  (Probable)

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April 15th, 2017

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