Game 63: Ducks Host Golden Knights

By Michael Walters

Vegas(33-22-8) at Anaheim(24-30-7)

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Anaheim Outlook

The Ducks continue their homestand tonight against the Vegas Golden Knights. Anaheim is 0-2-0 in their first two games at home. They lost to the Florida Panthers 4-1 and then 1-0 to the Colorado Avalanche. The Ducks are 12-13-3 at home this season.

This will be the fourth and final meeting between these two teams. Vegas beat Anaheim 5-2 in October. In December they split the next two meetings. The Ducks won 4-3 at home and then lost 5-2 in Las Vegas.

Adam Henrique leads the team with 21 goals.

Team News:

The Ducks traded Ondrej Kase to the Boston Bruins for David Backes, prospect Axel Andersson and 2020 1st Round Pick on Friday.

Backes will be wearing number 21. He is currently with the team and took part in the morning skate per the OC Register’s Elliott Teaford. Backes is not expected to play tonight.

We broke down the trade here: Analyzing The Kase Trade

Erik Gudbranson is going to be re-evaluated and could return in about a week per Head Coach Dallas Eakins.

Ducks have recalled Kiefer Sherwood.

Cam Fowler has missed the past couple of games with a lower-body injury. He is considered day-to-day.

Projected Lineup

Max Jones – Ryan GetzlafRickard Rakell
Nick RitchieAdam HenriqueTroy Terry
Devin ShoreSam SteelJakob Silfverberg
Nicolas DeslauriersDerek Grant – Carter Rowney

Hampus LindholmJosh Manson
Brendan GuhleMichael Del Zotto
Jacob LarssonKorbinian Holzer

In Net:
John Gibson 17-24-4 GAA 2.95, SV% .906 (Unconfirmed)

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Vegas Outlook

As of today, Vegas is in first place in the Pacific Division. They are two points ahead of Vancouver but have also played two more games. The Golden Knights are currently on a five-game winning streak. They beat Florida last night 5-3.

Vegas averages 3.16 goals per game and they give up 3.00 goals against per game. Their power play is 21.4% efficient and their penalty kill is 77.5% efficient.

Max Pacioretty leads the team in scoring with 29 goals.

Projected Lineup 

Max PaciorettyWilliam KarlssonMark Stone
Jonathan MarchessaultPaul StastnyReilly Smith
William CarrierChandler StephensonNicolas Roy
Tomas NosekGage QuinneyRyan Reaves

Brayden McNabbNate Schmidt
Nick HoldenShea Theodore
Alec MartinezZach Whitecloud

In Net
Malcolm Subban 8-7-3, GAA 3.08, SV% .893 (Unconfirmed)

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February 23rd, 2020


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