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Game 41: Ducks Visit Arizona
By Michael Walters
Anaheim(16-19-5) at Arizona(22-16-4)
Pregame Show: DucksNPucks Podcast
TV: 6 PM PT/9 PM ET, Fox Sports West
Radio & Post Game Show: KLAA AM 830
The Anaheim Ducks are coming off a 5-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights. The Ducks scored first in the contest, but the Golden Knights scored four straight to build a 4-1 lead. Anaheim was able to get one goal back but eventually lost 5-2. Several bad turnovers lead directly to several goals for Vegas. Anaheim closed out the month of December going 5-7-1.
The Ducks will have another strong test today as they take on the Arizona Coyotes. These two teams have played each other twice already. The Ducks won the season opener 2-1 and lost the recent match 4-3 in a shootout. This will be a different Coyotes team, however, as they now have Taylor Hall on their roster.
Jakob Silfverberg leads the team with 14 goals.
Chris Wideman has been recalled.
Rickard Rakell has been placed on the IR. He has been out with an upper-body injury.
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The Coyotes are currently in the middle of a four-game homestand. They dropped the first game to Dallas and then just defeated the Stanley Cup Champion Blues. Arizona has gone 4-6-0 in their last 10 games and is currently two points behind the Vegas Golden Knights for first place in the Pacific Division.
Arizona averages 2.69 goals per game while giving up 2.52 goals against. Their power play is 20.3% efficient, which is just outside the top 10 in the league. Their penalty kill is 82.3% efficient, which tied for 7th best in the league.
Conor Garland leads the team in scoring with 14 goals.
Taylor Hall – Christian Dvorak – Conor Garland
Clayton Keller – Carl Soderberg – Nick Schmaltz
Lawson Crouse – Derek Stepan – Phil Kessel
Michael Grabner – Brad Richardson – Christian Fischer
Antti Raanta 7-8-2 GAA 2.80, SV% .918 (Unconfirmed)
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January 2nd, 2019