Game 51: Ducks Start Road Trip In Boston

By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(24-17-9) come out of the All-Star break with a game against the Boston Bruins(29-10-8). The Ducks are 1-0-0 against the Bruins this season. The game starts at 4:00 PM PT and will be on Prime Ticket locally and AM 830.

Anaheim Outlook:

The Ducks are coming off an exciting 4-3 shootout win over the Winnipeg Jets. Anaheim has gone 6-3-1 in their last 10 games and is currently tied with four teams at 57 points for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Ducks are also two points out of second place and one point out of third place in the Pacific Division.

Keys To The Game

So far the new forward lineup has been working for Randy Carlyle as the Ducks have won their last two games. Anaheim is going to continue to need balanced scoring throughout the lineup to make a strong push in the second half of the season. The Ducks also need to keep the special teams play up as well.

Anaheim’s Projected Lineup:

Rickard Rakell – Ryan Getzlaf – Ondrej Kase
Andrew Cogliano – Ryan Kesler – J.T. Brown
Nick Ritchie – Adam Henrique – Jakob Silfverberg
Chris Wagner – Antoine Vermette – Corey Perry

Cam Fowler  – Kevin Bieksa
Hampus Lindholm – Josh Manson
Francois Beauchemin – Brandon Montour

In Net
John Gibson, 17-14-5, GAA 2.70, SV% .920 (Confirmed)

Boston’s Outlook:

The Bruins are currently in second place in the Atlantic Division behind the Tampa Bay Lightning. They are one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference right now having gone 8-0-2 in their last 10 games. Bruins will be without their leading scorer Brad Marchand due to suspension tonight. Bruins will also be without Charlie McAvoy on defense, who recently had surgery to treat an abnormal heart rhythm.

Keys To The Game

The Bruins have been a goal-scoring machine lately. In their last 10 games, they have scored three or more goals in nine of those contests. If they are able to get at least three goals in this contest then they have a good chance at earning two points. They currently average 3.26 goals per game, which is 4th best in the NHL.

Boston’s  Projected Lineup:

Danton HeinenPatrice BergeronDavid Pastrnak
Jake DebruskDavid KrejciRyan Spooner
Anders BjorkRiley NashDavid Backes
Tim SchallerSean KuralyFrank Vatrano

Torey KrugAdam McQuaid

Zdeno CharaBrandon Carlo

Matt GrzelcykKevan Miller

In Net
Anton Khudobin, 10-2-4, GAA 2.38, SV% .924 (Confirmed)

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January 30th, 2018