Game 17: Ducks vs Panthers

Anaheim (9-7-0) vs Florida (10-5-1)

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Anaheim Outlook

The Ducks return home after their brief road trip which saw them going 1-1-0. Anaheim got down 2-0 in Nashville and were able to comeback in the third period for the 6th time this season. They set an NHL record with the most 3rd period comebacks(6) in the first 15 games of an NHL season. The Ducks then went to Colorado and found themselves down 3-1 to start the third, but the Avs poured it on winning 8-2.

Tonight will be the first time Radko Gudas will face his old team. He helped lead the Panthers to the Stanley Cup Final last season coming up short against Vegas. He will return to Florida for the first time on January 15th, 2024 when the Ducks play the Panthers for the second and final time this season.

Anaheim has gone 7-3-0 in their last 10 games. They are currently in fourth place in the Pacific Division.

By The Numbers:
Goals For: 3.06 (20th)
Goals Against: 3.19 (Tied for 14th)
Power Play: 19.6% (Tied for 19th)
Penalty Kill: 80.6% (13th)

Corsi For
Even Strength: 46.63% (28th)
Overall: 45.54% (28th)

Fenwick For
Even Strength: 46.85% (28th)
Overall: 45.67% (30th)

Frank Vatrano leads the team in goal scoring with 11.

Injury/Team News:

This week Ducks prospect Godwin Dionicio of the Windsor Spitfires was traded to the Saginaw Spirits. This is an OHL trade which doesn’t affect his rights with the Anaheim organization. For the full trade details visit here: Spitfires Trade Dionicio

Tristan Luneau was recalled from San Diego today.

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. According to Greg Cronin, the injury is likely somewhere between the knee and the chest area for him and Drysdale.

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.

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  – Adam Henrique – Troy Terry
Frank VatranoMason McTavishRyan Strome
Max JonesBenoit-Olivier Groulx – Jakob Silfverberg
Ross JohnstonSam CarrickBrett Leason

Cam FowlerJackson LaCombe
Urho Vaakanainen – Radko Gudas
Pavel MintyukovIlya Lyubushkin

In Net:
John Gibson 4-4-0 GAA 2.19 SV% .927 (Confirmed – Aly Lozoff)

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Florida Outlook 

The Panthers are currently on their three game west coast road trip. They beat San Jose 5-3 and then lost to LA last night 2-1. The Panthers had won five straight before playing the Kings. Sergei Bobrovsky was in net for Florida last night, so there is a good chance former Duck Anthony Stolarz will be in net tonight.

Florida has gone 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. They are currently in second place in the Atlantic Division.

By The Numbers:
Goals For: 3.13 (19th)
Goals Against: 2.81 (10th)
Power Play: 17.3% (23rd)
Penalty Kill: 74.5% (24th)

Corsi For
Even Strength: 55.16% (5th)
Overall: 56.27% (2nd)

Fenwick For
Even Strength: 54.31% (7th)
Overall: 55.62% (2nd)

Sam Reinhart leads the team in scoring with 24 total points(13 G + 11 A).

Projected Lineup 

Evan RodriguesAleksander BarkovSam Reinhart
Carter VerhaegheSam BennettMatthew Tkachuk
Eetu LuostarinenAnton LundellNick Cousins
Ryan LombergKevin StenlundSteven Lorentz

Gustav ForslingAaron Ekblad
Oliver Ekman-LarssonBrandon Montour
Niko MikkolaDmitry Kulikov

In Net
Anthony Stolarz 2-1-0 GAA 2.72 SV% .892 (Probable)

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