Game 82: Playoff Position Still Up For Grabs

Graphic: NHL

By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(43-25-13) finish the regular season against the Arizona Coyotes(29-40-12). The game starts at 6:00 PM PT and will be on Prime Ticket locally.

Anaheim Outlook:

The Ducks took down the Stars last night 5-3 and there is still plenty to play for tonight. The Ducks can finish in 2nd place or 3rd place in the Pacific Division. Anaheim can also end up being the first wild-card. Depending on where the Ducks finish they can play Los Angeles, San Jose, or Vegas in the first round.

Keys To The Game

The Ducks poured on the offense last night getting three goals in the first period. Anaheim also got Dallas into penalty trouble and took advantage scoring on one power play and a second time just after a penalty expired. The Ducks will look to do the same tonight in Arizona.

Anaheim’s Projected Lineup:

Rickard Rakell – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano – Ryan Kesler – Jakob Silfverberg
Nick Ritchie – Adam Henrique  – Ondrej Kase
Derek Grant – Antoine Vermette – Troy Terry

Francois Beauchemin – Brandon Montour
Hampus Lindholm – Josh Manson
Marcus Pettersson – Andy Welinski

In Net
Ryan Miller 11-6-6, GAA 2.46, SV% .925 (Probable)

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Arizona Outlook:

The Coyotes are out of the playoff picture and are playing for pride tonight. They are 6-3-1 in their last ten games. Clayton Keller leads the team with 23 goals and Brendan Perlini has 17.

Keys To The Game

The Coyotes has been pouring in on offensively lately scoring 38 goals in their last 10 games. They do also give up just over three goals a game for the season. Arizona will use their speed and forecheck to create chances against Anaheim. This could be a high scoring affair.

Arizona Projected Lineup:

Richard PanikDerek Stepan – Clayton Keller
Max DomiDylan StromeZac Rinaldo
Brendan PerliniJosh ArchibaldChristian Fischer
Jordan MartinookBrad RichardsonNick Cousins


Oliver Ekman-LarssonLuke Schenn
Jakob ChychrunAlex Goligoski
Kevin ConnautonTrevor Murphy

In Net
Antti Raanta 21-16-6, GAA 2.24, SV% 9.30 (Unconfirmed)

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April 7th, 2018


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