Anaheim Ducks vs. Colorado Avalanche
Thursday, January 19th, 2016 7:00 PM PST
Radio: AM 830, AnaheimDucks.com
Your Enemy: Mile High Hockey
/Look around groggily
Huh? What? Oh yeah, preview and gamethread.
Sorry we're still a little hungover from the non-stop, two day party celebrating Rickard Rakell's OT goal on Tuesday.
The Ducks host the Colorado Avalanche tonight for the second time in the past week. Last time, the Ducks went home with a convincing 4-1 victory over a, shall we say, sub-par Avs?
Games against Colorado are always heavy, physical, grinding affairs (pour one out for Despres). Even with the Avs playing as terribly as they are, they are not a team the Ducks should take lightly. Games like this can sometimes be trap games for the Ducks who get complacent with their recent winning ways and phone it in against a bad team.
The Avalanche will be without their number one goaltender in Semyon Varlamov for tonight and through the All-Star break with a groin issue. Calvin Pickard will get the start with recently-recalled AHL goalie Spencer Martin serving as backup. Pickard will be making his first career start against the Ducks.
Meanwhile, John Gibson will unsurprisingly be getting the nod again. Gibson has arguably been the hottest goalie in the NHL since Christmas. Fun fact: Gibby now has a higher SV% on the season than Carey Price (.921 vs. .920). Gibson = best goalie on the planet, confirmed (fight me irl Daniel).
|Anaheim Ducks||VERSUS||Colorado Avalanche|
|1st Pacific, 7th NHL||Standings||8th Central, 30th NHL|
|21.3% (10th)||PP||13.6% (27th)|
|83.0% (10th)||PK||78.6% (24th)|
|Rickard Rakell (19)||Goals||Matt Duchene (15)|
|Ryan Getzlaf (28)||Assists||Tyson Barrie (20)|
|Ryan Kesler (38)||Points||Nathan MacKinnon (30)|
|Ryan Kesler (7)||PP||Rantanen/Duchene (3)|
|Andrew Cogliano (2)||SH||Nathan MacKinnon (2)|
|Cam Fowler (24:44), Ryan Kesler (21:49)||TOI/GP (D&F)||Tyson Barrie (23:43), Nathan MacKinnon (20:09)|
|Hampus Lindholm (53.89), Andrew Cogliano (54.10)||SAT% 5on5 (D&F)||Erik Johnson (52.18), Gabriel Landeskog (49.73)|
|John Gibson||GOALIES||Calvin Pickard|
Numbers For Nerds
The Ducks seem to have swapped special teams competencies in the last few weeks. What was once the league's 2nd best power play is now the 10th best. What was once the league's 28th ranked penalty kill is now the league's 10th best as well.
I know that's not really nerdy as far as number go but even the biggest stat geeks need a break now and then. I'll have much more fun numbers next time, I promise.
It's all-out war. Kesler and Rakell are on a rampage to take the title of most goals on the team. How many do they score tonight, combined?
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