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.

Anaheim Outlook

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.

Injury/Team Updates:

Max Jones was recalled from San Diego.

Ondrej Kase will return to the lineup tonight per Head Coach Dallas Eakins.

Josh Manson(knee) is on the IR and will be out 5-10 weeks. No surgery was required for his knee.

Projected Lineup 

Ondrej KaseRyan GetzlafTroy Terry
Rickard RakellAdam Henrique – Jakob Silfverberg
Nick Ritchie – Sam SteelMax Comtois
Devin Shore – Derek Grant – Carter Rowney

Josh Mahura – Cam Fowler
Hampus LindholmErik Gudbranson
Jacob LarssonMichael Del Zotto

In Net:
John Gibson 6-6-0, GAA 2.50, SV% .926(Confirmed)

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Minnesota Outlook

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%.

Brad Hunt, Eric Staal, and Jason Zucker each lead the team in scoring with four goals.

Injury/Team Updates:

Greg Pateryn(groin) had surgery about a month ago for a bilateral core muscle tear and is expected to miss six weeks.

Projected Lineup 

Jason ZuckerEric StaalMats Zuccarello
Zach PariseMikko KoivuKevin Fiala
Ryan DonatoLuke KuninRyan Hartman
Marcus FolignoJoel Eriksson EkJordan Greenway

Ryan SuterJared Spurgeon
Jonas BrodinMathew Dumba
Nick SeelerBrad Hunt

In Net
Alex Stalock 2-3-0, GAA 2.49, SV% .914(Confirmed)

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November 5th, 2019


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