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Game 50: Ducks Host Coyotes
By Michael Walters
Arizona(26-20-5) at Anaheim(19-25-5)
Pregame Show: DucksNPucks Podcast
TV: 7:00 PM PT/10:00 PM ET, Fox Sports West
Radio & Post Game Show: KLAA AM 830
The Anaheim Ducks came out of the All-Star break and faced the San Jose Sharks on Monday. The Sharks got two quick goals to start the game and never looked back. Nick Ritchie did return to action and scored a goal. Ondrej Kase also had a highlight-reel goal, but it wasn’t enough to rally and the Ducks lost 4-2.
The Ducks have played the Coyotes three times this season going 1-1-1. Anaheim beat Arizona 2-1 in their season opener and then lost twice, once 4-3 in a shootout and again 4-2 earlier this month. This will be the fourth and final meeting between the clubs this season.
Jakob Silfverberg leads the team with 15 goals.
Silfverberg did not play against San Jose as his wife Clara gave birth to baby girl Flora on Monday. He will play tonight per Head Coach Dallas Eakins.
John Gibson 14-20-3, GAA 2.99, SV% .905 (Confirmed – Eric Stephens)
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The Coyotes are in the middle of the race for the Pacific Division lead. Arizona is tied for third with 57 points, but they are only three points behind the first-place Canucks. There are a total of five teams that are within three points of each other in the division. The Coyotes are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games.
Arizona averages 2.76 goals per game and gives up 2.65 goals against on average per game. Their power play is 20.6% efficient and their penalty kill is 81.8% efficient. They are currently on a two-game losing streak.
Conor Garland leads the team in scoring with 16 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
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January 29th, 2020