Game 28: Ducks Finish Road Trip In Las Vegas

Graphic: NHL

By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(11-11-5) finish their road trip against the Vegas Golden Knights(16-9-1). Vegas won the first contest 4-2 in Anaheim. The game starts at 7:00 PM PT and will be on Prime Ticket locally and AM 830.

Anaheim Outlook:

The Ducks are hoping to get Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silfverberg back tonight as they both practiced yesterday. Hampus Lindholm did not practice and is dealing with an upper body issue per Randy Carlyle.The Ducks sent Kalle Kossila down to San Diego.

Keys To The Game

The first time these two teams played, the Ducks built a 2-1 lead halfway through the game, but Vegas rallied for the win. The Ducks had a difficult time slowing down the Vegas forecheck and allowed 49 shots on their net. The Ducks need to play better defense and they could at least earn a point in this contest.

Anaheim’s Projected Lineup:

Rickard RakellAdam HenriqueCorey Perry
Andrew CoglianoChris WagnerKevin Roy
Nick Ritchie – Antoine VermetteOndrej Kase
Dennis Rasmussen – Derek Grant –  Logan Shaw

Cam Fowler  – Josh Manson
Jaycob Megna – Kevin Bieksa
Francois Beauchemin – Brandon Montour

In Net
John Gibson 8-10-1, GAA 2.98, SV% .920 (Confirmed)

Vegas Outlook:

The Golden Knights are currently in second place in the Pacific Division. Former Duck William Karlsson leads the team with 14 goals and has 25 points. Jon Marchessault has 10 goals and also 25 points total. They have one of the best home records in the NHL at 10-2-0.

Keys To The Game

Vegas is the 4th best in goals per game averaging 3.46. Their special teams aren’t the best however with the power play ranked 17th at 18.7% efficiency. The penalty kill is only 76.8% efficient, which is 25th in the league. The Golden Knights will look to play as much 5-on-5 hockey as possible tonight against the Ducks.

Vegas’s  Projected Lineup:

James NealErik HaulaOscar Lindberg
Reilly SmithWilliam KarlssonJon Marchessault
Brendan LeipsicCody EakinAlex Tuch
Thomas Nosek – Pierre-Edouard BellemareStefan Matteau

Brayden McNabbNate Schmidt
Shea TheodoreDeryk Engelland
Colin MillerBrad Hunt

In Net
Malcolm Subban 5-2-0, GAA 2.19, SV% .926 (Confirmed)

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December 5th, 2017

Filed under: Ducks News Tagged: Anaheim Ducks, ducksnpucks, vegas golden knights


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