Game 9: Anaheim At Vegas

Graphic: Ronald Wray

Anaheim(2-4-2) at Vegas(3-4-0)

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Anaheim Outlook

The Ducks are coming off a two heart breaker losses to the Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres. Anaheim led 3-2 over Winnipeg, but gave up two goals in 19 seconds in the final moments of the game. Then the Ducks were down 3-0 and rallied to tie the game against the Sabres, but eventually lost in overtime.

The Ducks have been competitive in their games this season. They just need to find ways to win games instead of losing them.

Anaheim’s continues to thrive on special teams. The Ducks are 27.3% efficient on the power play, which ranks 7th in the league. Their penalty kill is 82.1% efficient, which ranks 18th in the NHL.

Rickard Rakell leads the team in scoring with four goals.

Roster Moves:

Alexander Volkov was placed on unconditional waivers for purpose of termination. The Ducks parted ways with Volkov, who signed a four year contract in the KHL.

Mason McTavish was sent to San Diego on a conditioning loan. He is still listed on the IR.

Vinni Lettieri was recalled from San Diego.

Injury News:

Rickard Rakell left the game last night holding his left arm and didn’t finish the game. He was placed on the IR with an upper-body injury today.

Max Jones(upper body) left the game early in the third period against Calgary as he appeared to be favoring his left arm while being engaged in front of the net. He was also placed on the IR. He will need surgery tomorrow to repair a pectoralis major tendon tear and will be out for 4-6 months.

Projected Lineup:

Adam HenriqueRyan GetzlafTroy Terry
Max Comtois – Trevor ZegrasSonny Milano
Sam SteelIsac LundestromJakob Silfverberg
Nicolas DeslauriersBenoit-Olivier GroulxDerek Grant

Hampus Lindholm – Jamie Drysdale
Cam FowlerJosh Manson
Sam Benoit – Kevin Shattenkirk

In Net:
John Gibson 2-2-1 GAA 2.94 SV% .909 (Confirmed)

Vegas Outlook

The Golden Knights started out the season with a 4-3 win over Seattle, but then lost four games in a row. During that stretch they had trouble lighting the lamp and were outscored 16 to 6. Since then they have put together back-to-back wins over Colorado and Dallas.

Vegas has averaged just 2.29 goals per game and is the only team in the league to have not scored on a power play. They have been solid on the penalty kill with a 81.3% efficiency. They have been able to get shots on net, averaging 32.7 per game, but they also give up 33.7 against.

The Golden Knights will be without Max Pacioretty(foot),  Mark Stone(unknown), and Alex Tuch(shoulder).

Chandler Stephenson leads the team in scoring with three goals.

Projected Lineup 

Jonathan MarchessaultWilliam KarlssonReilly Smith
William CarrierChandler StephensonPeyton Krebs
Evgenii DadonovNicolas RoyKeegan Kolesar
Brett HowdenJake LeschyshynDaniil Miromanov

Nicolas HagueAlex Pietrangelo
Alec MartinezShea Theodore
Brayden McNabbDylan Coghlan

Robin Lehner 2-4-0, GAA 2.87, SV% .913 (Confirmed)

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October 28th, 2021


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