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Game 66: Ducks Face Blackhawks In A Matinee Affair
By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks(32-21-12) play the Chicago Blackhawks(28-29-8). The game starts at 1:00 PM PT and will be on Prime Ticket locally and AM 830.
The Ducks are coming off a solid 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Ryan Getzlaf sat out with an illness but is expected back today. Anaheim is currently one point behind Los Angeles for third place in the Pacific Division. The Ducks actually received help from the Blackhawks as they were able to rally and beat the Kings after being down 3-1 last night.
Keys To The Game
The Ducks played a solid even-strength game against Columbus and were excellent shorthanded basically scoring two goals off one Columbus power play. Chicago played last night so the Ducks need to come out strong and get an early lead. When the Ducks can put forth a solid 60-minute effort usually good things happen.
Anaheim’s Projected Lineup:
John Gibson, 23-15-6, GAA 2.50, SV% .925 (Unconfirmed)
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The Blackhawks have been having an off year and are currently in last place in the Central Division. Chicago has gone 4-6-0 in their last 10 games. Patrick Kane leads the team with 24 goals and Alex DeBrincat has 22 goals.
Keys To The Game
Chicago was able to build a 2-0 lead against the Ducks when these teams met a few weeks ago, but they ended up allowing the Ducks to rally. The Blackhawks have still been able to produce scoring 2.83 goals per game, but they also give up 2.89 goals against per game. Chicago is likely going to need to score at least three goals today in order to pull down two points.
Corey Crawford, 16-9-2, GAA 2.27, SV% .929% (Unconfirmed)
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March 4th, 2018