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Game 45: Ducks Visit Chicago
By Michael Walters
Anaheim(17-22-5) at Chicago(19-20-6)
Pregame Show: DucksNPucks Podcast
TV: 5:30 PM PT/8:30 PM ET, Fox Sports West
Radio & Post Game Show: KLAA AM 830
The Anaheim Ducks begin a four-game road trip in Chicago today. The Ducks have played the Blackhawks once this season back in November. Anaheim got down by two goals and was able to rally to tie the game, but eventually lost in overtime. Today’s game will be the second of three matchups this season.
Yesterday it was announced that Jakob Silfverberg‘s wife is expecting to deliver a baby soon. As a result, Silfverberg has withdrawn from the All-Star game and the league has excused his absence. Max Pacioretty will take his place. The Ducks will not officially have anyone representing the team at the contest.
Jakob Silfverberg leads the team with 15 goals.
Jakob Silfverberg(upper-body) has been dealing with an upper-body injury and is not currently with the team.
Troy Terry was activated off the IR and sent to San Diego on a conditioning loan.
Chase De Leo has been recalled from San Diego.
This preview is sponsored by On The Volley.
The Blackhawks are currently on a two-game losing streak like the Ducks. Chicago lost to Calgary 2-1 and Nashville 5-2. The Blackhawks have gone 6-4-0 in their last 10 games and currently sit in last place in the Central Division.
Chicago averages 2.79 per game and gives up 2.55 against. Their power play is 15.2% efficient and their penalty kill is 82.2% efficient, which is tied for 9th best in the league.
Patrick Kane leads the team in scoring with 24 goals.
Dominik Kubalik – Jonathan Toews – John Quenneville
David Kampf – Kirby Dach – Alex DeBrincat
Alexander Nylander – Ryan Carpenter – Patrick Kane
Matthew Highmore – Zack Smith – Drake Caggiula
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January 11th, 2019