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Game 24: Ducks Continue Road Trip Against The Blackhawks

Graphic: Goldstar.com

By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(10-9-4) continue their road trip against the Chicago Blackhawks(11-8-3). The game will be on Fox Sports West at 5:30 PM PT and AM 830 on the radio.

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Anaheim Outlook:

The Ducks just battled the Los Angeles Kings and lost in a shootout. The injury bug continues to devastate this team as Rickard Rakell didn’t play Saturday as he has an upper body injury. He didn’t go with the Ducks to Chicago and might join the team later on the road trip. Kalle Kossila was called up and played in Saturday’s game as a result. Ryan Miller did play Saturday and Reto Berra was sent back down to San Diego.

Keys To The Game

The Ducks are going to continue to have to find ways to earn points without key players. Anaheim grinded out a point against Los Angeles and they need to use their physical presence against Chicago tonight. The Blackhawks do give up the third most shots against in the league, so the Ducks will look to pepper their goalie tonight.

Anaheim’s Projected Lineup:

Offense
Nick Ritchie  – Derek GrantCorey Perry
Andrew CoglianoChris WagnerJakob Silfverberg
Logan Shaw – Antoine Vermette – Kevin Roy
Michael Liambas – Kalle KossilaKorbinian Holzer

Defense
Hampus LindholmJosh Manson
Cam Fowler – Brandon Montour
Sami VatanenKevin Bieksa

In Net
John Gibson, 7-8-1, GAA 2.87, SV% .923 (Confirmed)

Chicago Outlook:

The Blackhawks have gone 6-3-1 in their last 10 games and currently find themselves in fourth place in the Central Division. Artem Anisimov leads the team with 10 goals and Patrick Kane has nine goals. Kane is currently on a six game point streak(4 G, 4 A).

Keys To The Game

Chicago will look to score early and get the crowd into this one. The Blackhawks average just over three goals a game and will likely earn two points if they do that tonight. They are weak in face-offs only winning 48.4%, so they will need to do a better job in the face-off circle as the Ducks are 7th best at 51.7%.

Chicago’s Projected Lineup:

Offense
Brandon SaadJonathan ToewsRichard Panik
Nick SchmaltzArtem AnisimovPatrick Kane
Patrick SharpRyan HartmanAlex DeBrincat
Lance BoumaTommy WingelsJohn Hayden

Defense
Duncan KeithCody Franson
Connor MurphyBrent Seabrook
Gustav ForslingJan Rutta

In Net
Corey Crawford, 10-7-1, GAA 2.16, SV% .935 (Confirmed)

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November 27th, 2017


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