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Game 42: Ducks Roll Into Edmonton
By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks(19-14-8) continue their road trip against the Edmonton Oilers(17-20-3). The game starts at 6:00 PM PT and will be on Prime Ticket locally and AM 830.
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The Ducks are gaining steam as they have won three in a row and are tied for third place in the Pacific Division with San Jose. A large part of the success has been Rickard Rakell, who has scored a goal in each of his last six games and seven total in that time span. Another reason for the turnaround for Anaheim is a healthy Ryan Getzlaf. Since returning to action on December 11th, the captain has recorded 16 total points(2 G + 14A) in his past 10 games. Anaheim looks to get Corey Perry back soon. He has practiced with the team the past couple of days but isn’t expected to play tonight.
Keys To The Game
As stated above Getzlaf and Rakell have been on a roll and they will need to continue that play tonight against the Oilers. The rejoining of the shutdown line of Kesler, Cogliano, and Silfverberg in the past two games has worked as opposing teams haven’t scored while they have been on ice at even strength. All three players are +2 in the last two games. As long as the top two lines keep performing, the Ducks are going to keep rolling.
Anaheim’s Projected Lineup
The Oilers will be without the services Patrick Maroon tonight. In Edmonton’s loss to Los Angeles a few nights ago, Maroon elbowed Drew Doughty resulting in a five-minute major penalty for interference and a two-game suspension. Edmonton has dropped four games in a row and is currently tied with Vancouver for 6th in the Pacific Division.
Keys To The Game
Scoring has been an issue for the Oilers as of late. They haven’t scored a goal in their last two games which were both 5-0 losses, one to Winnipeg and the other to Los Angeles. They also give up 6th most goals against per game at 3.25. They are going to need to sustain a solid forecheck in order to earn two points tonight and turn things around moving forward.
Edmonton’s Projected Lineup:
Milan Lucic – Connor McDavid – Jesse Puljujarvi
Michael Cammalleri – Leon Draisaitl – Drake Caggiula
Jujhar Khaira – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Ryan Strome
Yohann Auvitu – Mark Letestu – Anton Slepyshev
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January 4th, 2018