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Game 2: San Jose Visits Anaheim
By Michael Walters
San Jose(0-2-0) at Anaheim(1-0-0)
Pregame Show: DucksNPucks Podcast
TV: 7:00 PM PT/10:00 PM ET, Fox Sports West
Radio: KLAA AM 830
Post Game Show: Duck Calls with Josh Brewster AM 830
*Note: This game preview is updated throughout the day, so check back periodically for updates.
The Ducks got off to a slow start in the opening period, but a late counter-attack gave them an early 1-0 lead. The Coyotes would answer in the second period to tie the game, but the Ducks would respond in the final minute of the period to regain the lead. Two goals were all Anaheim needed to earn their first win of the season. The fourth line provided the offense as Devin Shore and Derek Grant teamed up for the first goal. Carter Rowney assisted Cam Fowler on the game-winning score.
The opening game was far from perfection, but the Ducks were able to get the job done. They will look to a better start tonight and a more effective power play which wasn’t very dangerous in the one opportunity in game one.
Tonight will be the first game of the season the Ducks sport their orange jerseys.
Brayden Tracey has an upper-body injury and is still in Anaheim according to the Moose Jaw Warriors. His status is week-to-week.
John Gibson 1-0-0, GAA 1.00, SV% .970 (Confirmed)
San Jose Outlook
The San Jose Sharks started the season with two games against the Vegas Golden Knights. The Sharks lost both games by scores of 4-1 and 5-1.
In the season opener, Vegas scored two early goals and never looked back. The Sharks had their chances with five power plays attempts but came up empty on all of them. Last night in San Jose, the Sharks again got down early and couldn’t recover. The Sharks had five power plays attempts for the second game in a row and still couldn’t convert. To add insult to injury Vegas scored two short-handed goals in the contest. Martin Jones was pulled after two periods of play. So it could be Aaron Dell tonight against Anaheim.
The Sharks had a difficult time sustaining offense zone pressure against Vegas and they got burned on the power play giving up three short-handed goals in two games. The Sharks are going to need to turn things around in a hurry as they play their third game in four days. And they will still be without Evander Kane, who is serving the final game of his three-game suspension tonight. He was suspended for “abuse of officials” in a preseason game.
Dalton Prout suffered an upper-body injury in the season opener and is on the IR.
Aaron Dell, 0-0-0, GAA 3.00, SV% .833 (Confirmed)
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October 5th, 2019