Game 16: Ducks At Avalanche

By Michael Walters

Anaheim (9-6-0) at Colorado (9-5-0)

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Anaheim Outlook

The Ducks started their road trip in Nashville and at first it didn’t look good as they were down 2-0 in the second period. But Anaheim got a goal late in the second period to pull with in one and then added two more to win in the third period. The victory was Anaheim’s sixth comeback win in the third period on the season in just 15 games. No team in the history of the NHL has accomplished that feat before.

Anaheim has gone 8-2-0 in their last 10 games. They are currently in fourth place in the Pacific Division.

By The Numbers:
Goals For: 3.13 (19th)
Goals Against: 2.87 (10th)
Power Play: 22.1% (15th)
Penalty Kill: 80.9% (13th)

Corsi For
Even Strength: 46.73% (28th)
Overall: 45.81% (29th)

Fenwick For
Even Strength: 47.16% (27th)
Overall: 46.21% (29th)

Frank Vatrano leads the team in goal scoring with 11.

Injury/Team News:

Trevor Zegras (lower body injury) was placed on the IR on Monday. He appears to have been playing hurt for a good portion of the games at the start of this season. ESPN’s Emily Kaplan believes he has played about half of the games injured this season.

Jamie Drysdale (lower body injury) was placed on the IR retroactively to October 15th. The timetable for his return is unknown. The Ducks are being cautious and don’t want to rush him back too early.

Brock McGinn is on the IR with a lower-body injury. He has been skating with the team.

Isac Lundestrom suffered an Achilles tendon injury while training in the beginning of July. He had surgery and the return time is about six months.

Projected Lineup

Alex Killorn  – Leo Carlsson – Troy Terry
Frank VatranoMason McTavishRyan Strome
Max JonesAdam Henrique – Jakob Silfverberg
Ross JohnstonSam CarrickBrett Leason

Cam FowlerJackson LaCombe
Urho Vaakanainen – Radko Gudas
Pavel MintyukovIlya Lyubushkin

In Net:
Lukas Dostal 5-2-0 GAA 3.15 SV% .910 (Probable)

Colorado Outlook 

The Avs are coming off a decisive 5-1 win over the Kraken in Seattle. Brandon Tanev scored first for the Kraken in the opening period, but then it was all Avs after that. The Avs scored twice in the second and then added three more in the third. Colorado got five goals from five different players to win.

Colorado has gone 5-5-0 in their last 10 games. They are currently in second place in the Central Division.

By The Numbers:
Goals For: 3.36 (11th)
Goals Against: 3.14 (Tied for 15th)
Power Play: 18.2% (21st)
Penalty Kill: 85.7% (8th)

Corsi For
Even Strength: 56.68% (3rd)
Overall: 55.45% (5th)

Fenwick For
Even Strength: 55.24% (4th)
Overall: 54.70% (5th)

Mikko Rantanen leads the team in scoring with 21 total points(10 G + 11 A).

Projected Lineup 

Valeri NichushkinNathan MacKinnonMikko Rantanen
Jonathan DrouinRyan JohansenTomas Tatar
Miles WoodRoss ColtonLogan O’Connor
Kurtis MacDermidFredrik OlofssonJoel Kiviranta

Devon ToewsCale Makar
Caleb JonesBowen Byram
Jack JohnsonSam Malinski

In Net
Alexandar Georgiev 8-4-0 GAA 3.10 SV% .890 (Unconfirmed)

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November 14th, 2023


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