Game 40: Ducks Visit Las Vegas

By Michael Walters

Anaheim(16-18-5) at Vegas(21-15-6)

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Anaheim Outlook

The Anaheim Ducks are coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to the Flyers. The Ducks got an early lead with a goal in the first minute of the game, but then couldn’t find the back of the net again in the contest. Flyers tied up the game and it eventually had to be decided in overtime. The Flyers would score in the extra session to earn the victory.

Podcast: The Anaheim Gulls

The Ducks will close of 2019 with a road game in Las Vegas. Anaheim just played the Golden Knights last week at home and beat them for the first time ever at Honda Center by a score of 4-3. Last week’s victory was just the second time Anaheim has beaten Vegas. Anaheim is 2-7-1 all-time against Vegas.

Jakob Silfverberg leads the team with 13 goals.

Team News:

Jakob Silfverberg was named to the All-Star team. This will be his first appearance.

Ryan Getzlaf is a nominee for the All-Star Last Man In vote.

Daniel Sprong was recalled from San Diego yesterday.

Rickard Rakell has been out with an upper-body injury.


A minor league trade was made yesterday. The Ducks sent Patrick Sieloff to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Chris Mueller.

Mueller recorded 57 total points(20 G + 37 A) during the 2015-16 season with the Gulls. Since then he spent the majority of his time playing in the AHL for Tucson, Toronto, and Syracuse.

Mueller has appeared in 53 NHL games playing for Nashville, Dallas, and the New York Rangers. He has 10 total points(3 G + 7 A) in the NHL.

Projected Lineup

Adam HenriqueRyan GetzlafSam Carrick
Max ComtoisIsac LundestromJakob Silfverberg
Max JonesSam SteelOndrej Kase
Nicolas DeslauriersDevin ShoreCarter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm – Josh Manson
Cam FowlerErik Gudbranson
Jacob LarssonKorbinian Holzer

In Net:
John Gibson 12-14-3, GAA 2.84, SV% .908 (Unconfirmed)

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Vegas Outlook

After losing to Anaheim last Friday, the Golden Knights beat the Arizona Coyotes the following night 4-1. Vegas is 6-3-1 in their last 10 games and currently is in first place of the Pacific Division.

The Golden Knights average 3.00 goals per game, but also give up 2.93 against. Their power play is 22.1% efficient, which is 10th best in the league. Their penalty kill is 82.1% efficient, which is tied for 9th best in the NHL.

Max Pacioretty leads the team in scoring with 16 goals.

Projected Lineup 

Jonathan Marchessault – William Karlsson – Reilly Smith
Max Pacioretty – Chandler Stephenson – Mark Stone
Valentin Zykov – Paul Stastny – Alex Tuch
William Carrier – Tomas Nosek – Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb – Nate Schmidt
Nicolas Hague – Shea Theodore
Nick Holden – Deryk Engelland

In Net
Marc-Andre Fleury, GAA 2.74, SV% .912 (Confirmed)

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December 31st, 2019


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