By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks took Game 3 by a final of 6-3 and look to win tonight to tie the series up at two games apiece.
The Ducks find themselves in a similar position this postseason as compared to last year. Anaheim got down 2-0 against Nashville before winning the next three in a row and forcing the series to go the distance. This year’s team has the ability to rattle off a few wins in a row, especially if they can play like they did in Game 3. The Ducks did play Game 3 without Kevin Bieksa and might also be without Patrick Eaves. He left the third period of Game 3 after being checked hard by Patrick Maroon. According to Randy Carlyle, Eaves is doubtful for tonight’s game. If he doesn’t play, then Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf will likely be reunited on the same line.
Keys To The Game
The Ducks need another quick start like they had in Game 3. A franchise record fastest goal from the opening face-off by Rickard Rakell silenced the crowd at Rogers place. Anaheim is going to need to build another lead early in this one. Even with the Ducks getting off to a 3-0 start, the Oilers rallied to score three of their own. If the Ducks can avoid slumping in the second period, then they have a good chance of winning this contest.
Anaheim Projected Lineup
John Gibson (Probable)
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The Oilers dropped Game 3, but are still in the driver’s seat. A win tonight would put all the pressure on Anaheim to try to rally down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. Edmonton still has home ice advantage despite the loss in the previous game. Cam Talbot will look to respond tonight. When he has allowed five or more goals in a game, then in his next outing he has gone a perfect 5-0-0 this season with a 1.88 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.
Keys To The Game
The Oilers got off to a terrible start in Game 3 but were able to dig themselves out of the hole despite the early three goal deficit. Edmonton scored another goal as the result of a fortunate bounce, but it wasn’t enough as the Ducks dropped six goals on them. In addition to getting off to a better start this game, the Oilers need to get back to scoring on the power play in order win tonight. Game 3 was the first time this series the Oilers didn’t convert with the extra man.
Edmonton Projected Lineup
Patrick Maroon – Connor McDavid – Leon Draisaitl
Milan Lucic – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
Drake Caggiula – Mark Letestu – Zack Kassian
Benoit Pouliot – David Desharnais – Anton Slepyshev
Cam Talbot (Probable)
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May 3rd, 2017