Game 45: Ducks Visit Chicago

By Michael Walters

Anaheim(17-22-5) at Chicago(19-20-6) 

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Anaheim Outlook

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.

Podcast: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

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 As a result, Silfverberg has withdrawn from the All-Star game and the league has excused his absence.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.

Team News:

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.

Projected Lineup

Adam HenriqueRyan GetzlafDaniel Sprong
Max ComtoisIsac LundestromRickard Rakell
Max JonesSam SteelOndrej Kase
Nicolas DeslauriersDevin ShoreCarter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm – Josh Manson
Cam FowlerErik Gudbranson
Jacob LarssonMichael Del Zotto

In Net:
John Gibson 13-16-3, GAA 2.95, SV% .906 (Confirmed)

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Chicago Outlook

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.

Projected Lineup 

Dominik KubalikJonathan ToewsJohn Quenneville
David KampfKirby DachAlex DeBrincat
Alexander Nylander – Ryan CarpenterPatrick Kane
Matthew HighmoreZack SmithDrake Caggiula

Duncan KeithAdam Boqvist
Erik GustafssonConnor Murphy
Olli MaattaSlater Koekkoek

In Net
Robin Lehner 12-7-4 GAA 2.92, SV% .922(Confirmed)

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January 11th, 2019


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