Game 15: Ducks Host Blue Jackets

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By Michael Walters

Anaheim Ducks(5-6-3) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (7-6-0)

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Anaheim Outlook

Patrick Eaves made his season debut when the Ducks played the New York Rangers this past Thursday. His return to the ice was spoiled when the Ducks lost in a shootout. Anaheim rallied each time in their last three home games but eventually lost all the contests. The Ducks losing streak is now seven games. The franchise’s longest losing streak is eight games which happened in 1996 and 2011.

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Max Comtois skated yesterday at practice with Brian Gibbons, Isac Lundestrom, and Ben Street. Comtois could be off the injured reserve(IR) list within a week according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. Ondrej Kase (concussion), and Carter Rowney(upper body) are also still on the IR. Nick Ritchie and Josh Manson both have upper body injuries and have missed the last couple of games. Kalle Kossila was reassigned to San Diego on Friday.

Pontus Aberg and Jakob Silfverberg share the team lead in scoring with four goals each. Ryan Getzlaf(2 G + 8 A) and Rickard Rakell(3 G + 7 A) both lead the team with 10 total points. These four players may have to do the heavy lifting tonight in order to end the losing streak.

Projected Lineup

Rickard RakellRyan GetzlafPontus Aberg
Andrew CoglianoRyan Kesler – Jakob Silfverberg
Isac LundestromAdam Henrique – Patrick Eaves
Brian Gibbons – Ben Street – Kiefer Sherwood

Cam Fowler – Andy Welinski
Hampus Lindholm – Jacob Larsson
Marcus PetterssonBrandon Montour

In Net
John Gibson 4-4-3 GAA 2.39 SV% .936 (Probable)

Columbus Outlook

The Blue Jackets played the Los Angeles Kings last night and lost 4-1. Special teams play did Columbus in as they gave up one power play goal and not one, but two shorthanded goals. The Blue Jackets had five power plays in the game and couldn’t convert on any of them.

Despite just being one game over .500, Columbus sits just three points out of first place in the Metropolitan Division. Josh Anderson leads the team with seven goals. Cam Atkinson had six goals. Sergei Bobrovsky was in net last night so the Ducks could see Joonas Korpisalo tonight.

Projected Lineup

Artemi PanarinPierre-Luc DuboisCam Atkinson
Nick FolignoBoone JennerJosh Anderson
Oliver BjorkstrandAlexander WennbergAnthony Duclair
Riley NashBrandon DubinskyMarkus Hannikainen

Zach WerenskiSeth Jones
Ryan MurrayMarkus Nutivaara
Scott HarringtonDavid Savard

In Net
Joonas Korpisalo, 5-4-0 GAA 3.98 SV% .881 (Probable)

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November 4th, 2018


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