Montreal Canadiens vs. Anaheim Ducks
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 7:00 PM PST
Radio: AM 830, AnaheimDucks.com
Your Enemy: Eyes On The Prize
Comparing the Price-less (heh) Montreal Canadiens from last season to this year’s Price-ful (huh?) Canadiens, it becomes clear with each passing game that goaltender Carey Price deserved his Vezina and Hart Trophies in 2014-2015 (not that anyone doubted it in the first place). This season, the stud netminder has picked up right where he left off before getting injured early last season, proving our suspicions that he was made in a freezing top secret goalie factory guarded by a clone of Dominik Hašek.
Despite his domination of the NHL, one of the few teams that seems to have figured him out is the Ducks. With a career record of 1-4 and a lackluster .908 SV% and 2.71 GAA against Anaheim, the Ducks have good reason to not be incredibly concerned about Price’s presence in Honda Center. Of course, this is still Carey Price, currently the best goaltender on the planet, so he’s more than capable of making this paragraph completely irrelevant.
Perhaps the bigger concern for the Ducks is the much-improved Montreal offense. The Habs are scoring at a clip of 3.10 GF/GP, good for 5th in the league. Led by the revitalized Shea Weber (8g, 12a, 20p) and his 356 mph one timer (note: speed is estimated), the Ducks will have to lock down defensively if they want to stand a chance to take out the top team in the NHL.
The Ducks have had issues with Eastern Conference teams so far this season with a record of 3-4-3. Like years past, the Ducks have had issues figuring out the generally speedier teams in the east. The team will need to find a better way to neutralize the speed than to just hit anything that moves.
Luckily for the Ducks, the top line may finally have broken out after a convincing performance against the Sharks on Saturday. With a drought-ending goal and an assist for captain Ryan Getzlaf, two assists for Corey Perry, and a goal for Rickard Rakell, the 2nd line may finally have some scoring help. Randy Carlyle will be counting on his big line to set the tone of the game early on.