Game 2: Minnesota At Anaheim

Graphic: Ronald Wray

Minnesota(0-0-0) at Anaheim(1-0-0)

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Anaheim Outlook

The Ducks jumped out to a two goal lead in their season opener at home this past Wednesday. The Winnipeg Jets were able to cut the lead into half, but the Ducks responded with two more goals.

Mason McTavish made his NHL debut and scored in his first NHL game. He is the youngest player in team history to score a goal. Adam Henrique, Rickard Rakell, and Kevin Shattenkirk also scored in the Ducks season opener.

A sore spot for Anaheim in recent seasons has been the power play, which went 2-for-5 on Wednesday. Anaheim will look to continue the momentum in the first game against the Minnesota Wild tonight.

Injury News per Coach Dallas Eakins:

Max Jones(illness non-COVID) did not play in the season opener, but will play tonight.

Troy Terry(illness non-COVID) will not play tonight.

John Gibson(lower body injury) will not play tonight and is day-to-day. Anthony Stolarz will get the start in net and Lukas Dostal will be the backup.

Projected Lineup 

Adam HenriqueTrevor ZegrasRickard Rakell
Max Comtois – Ryan GetzlafMax Jones
Mason McTavish – Isac LundestromJakob Silfverberg
Nicolas DeslauriersBenoit-Olivier GroulxDerek Grant

Hampus Lindholm – Jamie Drysdale
Cam FowlerJosh Manson
Greg PaterynKevin Shattenkirk

In Net:
Anthony Stolarz 0-0-0 GAA 0.00 SV% .000 (Confirmed)

Minnesota Outlook

The Minnesota Wild had a solid season last year going 35-16-5. They ended up finishing in 3rd place in the West Division last year. The Wild squared off with the Vegas Golden Knights in the first round of the playoffs. They went the distance, but lost in seven games against Vegas.

The Wild will look to build off last season’s success. They averaged 3.21 goals per game last season, which was tied for 8th best in the league. They relied on their penalty kill last season, which was 80.8% efficient good for 11th in the league overall. Minnesota also focused on getting shots on net and averaged just under 30 shots per game(29.7) last season.

The player to watch this season is Kirill Kaprizov, who lead the team with 27 goals and 51 total points.

Projected Lineup 

Kirill KaprizovJoel Eriksson EkMats Zuccarello
Jordan GreenwayRyan HartmanMarcus Foligno
Brandon Duhaime – Frederick GaudreauKevin Fiala
Victor RaskNico SturmNick Bjugstad


Alex GoligoskiJared Spurgeon
Jonas BrodinMathew Dumba
Dmitry KulikovJonathon Merrill

Cam Talbot 0-0-0, GAA 0.00, SV% .000 (Confirmed)

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October 15th, 2021


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