Game 53: Ducks Brunch Date With The Canadiens

By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(25-17-10) continue their road trip against the Montreal Canadiens(20-25-6). The game starts at 10:00 AM PT and will be on Prime Ticket locally and AM 830.

Anaheim Outlook:

The Ducks earned a point in an overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators. Some penalties in the third period and overtime proved costly. Michael Liambas was activated from the injured reserve and sent to San Diego. He still has a one-game suspension to serve in the AHL. John Gibson is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, so Ryan Miller will start again.

Keys To The Game

So far the new forward lineups have been working for Randy Carlyle as the Ducks have won three of their last four games(3-0-1). The Ducks do need to work on playing more discipline. Anaheim had a power play chance coming to them late in the Ottawa game, but Chris Wagner was called for penalty creating a four-on-four scenario instead. Jakob Silfverberg and Adam Henrique both took penalties, which Ottawa scored was able to score two goals as a result.

Anaheim’s Projected Lineup:

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

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

In Net
Ryan Miller 6-2-5, GAA 2.19, SV% .929 (Confirmed)

Montreal’s Outlook:

The Canadiens are on a three-game losing streak. They are still without Philip Danault(head) and Shea Weber(foot). Danault is still in concussion protocol and his estimated return is unknown. Weber is out of his walking boot and is working out off ice. Montreal is also without Andrew Shaw(lower body) and Ales Hemsky(upper body).

Keys To The Game

Montreal is having trouble scoring lately. They have just one goal in their last two games. They are 10 points out of the playoff race and if they want to turn things around then they need to work on their forecheck and generate more offensive opportunities.

Montreal’s  Projected Lineup:

Offense
Max Pacioretty – Paul Byron – Charles Hudon
Alex Galchenyuk – Jonathan DrouinNicolas Deslauriers
Artturi Lehkonen – Tomas Plekanec –Brendan Gallagher
Jacob de la Rose – Byron FroeseLogan Shaw

Defense
Karl Alzner – Jeff Petry
Victor Mete – David Schlemko
Joe Morrow – Jordie Benn

In Net
Antti Niemi, 1-5-1, GAA 4.44, SV% .871 (Confirmed)

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February 2nd, 2018

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