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Game 17: Ducks Host Wild
By Michael Walters
Wild(4-9-1) at Anaheim(9-6-1)
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
Teemu Selanne will be in the house again tonight. He will be signing his book about one hour before the game outside the team store.
The Anaheim Ducks started the homestand out with two wins over Winnipeg and Vancouver. In the last game, the Ducks lost 3-2 in overtime to the Chicago Blackhawks. Anaheim started off slow getting down 2-0 to Chicago but was able to rally to force overtime. Regardless of how the Blackhawks season is going they always seem to play well against the Ducks.
Tonight the Ducks will face another struggling team in the Minnesota Wild. The contest against Chicago was a trap game, but Anaheim hopefully will come out stronger at the start of this game against the Wild. The Ducks will also look to redeem themselves after losing in Ryan Getzlaf‘s 1000th regular-season NHL game. Tonight the Ducks will honor Getzlaf’s milestone before the game.
Adam Henrique leads the team with eight goals.
Max Jones was recalled from San Diego.
Josh Manson(knee) is on the IR and will be out 5-10 weeks. No surgery was required for his knee.
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To say it’s been a rough start to the season for the Wild would probably be an understatement. They have dropped 10 of their first 14 games. The Wild started the season with four straight losses and are currently on a three-game losing skid. In between the losing streaks, they won four of those seven games.
The Wild have been struggling offensively scoring 33 goals, which ranks 30th in the league. They also average 2.36 goals per game, which is 29th in the NHL. Defensively they give up 3.50 goals per game, which the seventh highest in the league. Minnesota has been decent on special teams. Their power play is 19.1% efficient and the penalty kill is 82.2%.
Greg Pateryn(groin) had surgery about a month ago for a bilateral core muscle tear and is expected to miss six weeks.
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November 5th, 2019