Game 21: Ducks Look To Beat Vegas Odds

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By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(10-7-3) return home to face the Vegas Golden Knights(12-6-1) for the first time ever in the regular season. The game starts at 7:30 PM PT and will be on Prime Ticket locally and AM 830.

Anaheim Outlook:

The Anaheim Ducks are on a three-game winning streak(And that’s not a typo!). Anaheim beat Boston 4-2, Florida 3-2, and San Jose 3-2 in a shootout. Despite the injuries, the Ducks continue to earn points. John Gibson will be back in net tonight against Vegas. Reto Berra played against San Jose after Gibson stopped 50 shots the night before against Florida. Cam Fowler returned to the lineup after being out exactly one month with a knee injury. Ryan Miller was placed on the injured reserve and could be back at the end of the week.

Keys To The Game

The goal for Anaheim is to get a lead and maintain it after two periods. The Ducks are 8-0-2 when leading after two periods of play this season. The Ducks also need to start blocking more shots and disrupting more of their opponents passes. Anaheim gives up a whopping 36.1 shots against per game, which is the worst in the league.

Anaheim’s Projected Lineup:

Rickard RakellDerek GrantCorey Perry
Andrew CoglianoChris WagnerJakob Silfverberg
Nick Ritchie – Antoine Vermette – Kevin Roy
Michael Liambas – Dennis Rasmussen – Logan Shaw

Hampus LindholmJosh Manson
Cam Fowler – Brandon Montour
Sami VatanenKevin Bieksa

In Net
John Gibson 7-6-1, GAA 2.78, SV% .924 (Confirmed)

Vegas Outlook:

The Vegas Golden Knights have played well to the surprise of some this season. They had been in first place in the Pacific Division until recently. James Neal leads the way with 10 goals and former Duck William Karlsson has nine goals. Vegas has had injury problems in net and will go with Maxime Lagace tonight.

Keys To The Game

Vegas has the fourth best offense in the league, averaging 3.58 goals per game. They do give up 3.00 goals against so this could be a high scoring game. The Golden Knights do need to avoid the penalty box as they are ranked 23rd in penalty kill at 78.3%. If they can limit taking penalties and score at least three goals tonight, then they have a good chance to win.

Vegas’s  Projected Lineup:

David PerronErik HaulaJames Neal
Reilly SmithWilliam KarlssonJon Marchessault
Brendan LeipsicCody EakinAlex Tuch
William CarrierOscar LindbergTomas Nosek

Brayden McNabbNate Schmidt
Shea TheodoreDeryk Engelland
Colin MillerBrad Hunt

In Net
Maxime Lagace 4-5-1, GAA 3.67, SV% .872 (Confirmed)

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November 22nd, 2017


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