Game 66: Ducks At Wild

Anaheim (23-39-3) at Minnesota (32-27-7)

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Anaheim Outlook

The Anaheim Ducks started out their road trip in Chicago with a wild game against the Blackhawks. The Ducks ended up getting blown out 7-2, but the final period saw a scrum break out with nearly a goalie fight. It all started after one play when Mason McTavish and Jarred Tinordi mixed it up behind the Chicago net. McTavish slammed Tinordi on the ice and then everyone got involved.

Pavel Mintyukov then dropped the gloves with Reese Johnson, who probably regretted it as he was left with a very bloody nose. Radko Gudas and Mackenzie Entwistle also went at it. Petr Mrazek left his crease and pushed Gudas in the face which resulted in John Gibson skating down from center ice and ripping Mrazek’s goalie mask off his head. The Ducks lost on the scoreboard, but they won the fights.

Anaheim has gone 3-6-1 in their last 10 games. They are currently in seventh place in the Pacific Division.

By The Numbers:
Goals For: 2.58 (30th)
Goals Against: 3.62 (31st)
Power Play: 19.0% (22nd)
Penalty Kill: 74.2% (29th)

Corsi For
Even Strength: 46.54% (26th)
Overall: 45.07% (31st)

Fenwick For
Even Strength: 46.71% (26th)
Overall: 45.19% (31st)

Frank Vatrano leads the team in goal scoring with 29.

Team News/Injury Updates:

Max Jones (illness) was out Tuesday and didn’t travel with the team.

Leo Carlsson (concussion) has been skating with the team on the road trip, but won’t play tonight.

Brock McGinn (upper-body injury) was placed on the IR retroactive to February 10th.

Trevor Zegras has been skating, but it’s unclear when he will return. He is not with the team on the road trip.

Projected Lineup 

Ben MeyersMason McTavishAlex Killorn
Frank VatranoRyan StromeTroy Terry
Brett LeasonIsac Lundestrom – Jakob Silfverberg
Ross JohnstonBenoit-Olivier GroulxPavol Regenda

Cam FowlerOlen Zellweger
Pavel Mintyukov  – Radko Gudas
Urho VaakanainenWilliam Lagesson

In Net:
Lukas Dostal 10-27-2 GAA 3.62 SV% .899 (Probable)

Minnesota Outlook 

The Wild are on a two game winning streak beating Nashville 4-3 in OT and Arizona 4-1. Minnesota is just six points behind Vegas for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. The Golden Knights do have one game in hand.

Minnesota has gone 6-3-1 in their last 10 games. They are currently in sixth place in the Central Division.

By The Numbers:
Goals For: 3.11 (Tied For 16th)
Goals Against: 3.24 (22nd)
Power Play: 21.9% (15th)
Penalty Kill: 74.4% (28th)

Corsi For
Even Strength: 49.83% (19th)
Overall: 50.09% (20th)

Fenwick For
Even Strength: 49.90% (19th)
Overall: 50.33% (18th)

Kirill Kaprizov leads the team in total points with 73 (33 G + 40 A).

Projected Lineup 

Kirill KaprizovJoel Eriksson EkMatt Boldy
Mats ZuccarelloMarco RossiRyan Hartman
Marcus FolignoFrederick GaudreauMarcus Johansson
Mason ShawJake LucchiniVinni Lettieri

Jacob MiddletonBrock Faber
Jonas BrodinZach Bogosian
Jonathon MerrillDeclan Chisholm

In Net
Marc-Andre Fleury 15-11-3 GAA 2.79 SV% .902 (Confirmed – Jessi Pierce)

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