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Game 4: Ducks vs Islanders
By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks(1-1-1) continue their homestand against the New York Islanders(1-1-1).
The Anaheim Ducks got their captain Ryan Getzlaf back in their last contest against the Calgary Flames. Unfortunately, it didn’t matter as the Ducks couldn’t score and ended up losing 2-0 to the Flames. The Ducks did start to look better towards the end of the contest, but goalie Mike Smith was able to stop everything that came his way. Ondrej Kase did leave the game with an upper-body injury and he is questionable to play against New York.
Keys To The Game
The Ducks need to avoid slow starts as they given up the first goal in each of the three contests they have played. Anaheim has had to play catch up in all three contests and has only had the lead for three minutes and thirty seconds at the end of the home opener. The power play has also been problematic for the Ducks as they have yet to score going 0-for-11 so far.
Anaheim’s Projected Lineup:
John Gibson 1-1-1, GAA 3.05, SV% .906 (Confirmed)
New York Outlook:
Like Anaheim, the New York Islanders are 1-1-1 in their first three contests. They were blanked in their season opener by Columbus, then they dropped six on Buffalo the next night for their first win. Their last contest they lost in a shootout to St. Louis. John Tavares and Casey Cizikas each lead the team with two goals and three total points.
Keys To The Game
The Islanders like the Ducks have been unable to score on the power play so far this season. New York is 0-for-10 on the power play in their three contests. They have also given up two short-handed goals while on the power play. The Islanders would be better served to play this game at even strength.
New York’s Projected Lineup:
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October 10th, 2017
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