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.
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:
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:
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January 30th, 2018