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Ducks @ Penguins GAMETHREAD: Ducks enter the Pitt Pen

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Ducks conclude their long road trip in Pittsburgh

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Pack

ANAHEIM DUCKS versus PITTSBURGH PENGUINSd
15-13-8, 38 Pts Record 18-15-3, 39 Pts
5th in Pacific, 11th in West, 19th in NHL Standings 6th in Metro, 9th in East, 18th in NHL
2.69 GF/GP 2.89
3.00 GA/GP 3.17
17.3% (21st) Power Play 24.2% (4th)
83.5% (6th) Penalty Kill 80.0% (18th)
TEAM STAT LEADERS
Rickard Rakell, Jakob Silfverberg (9G) Goals Phil Kessel (15G)
Corey Perry (16A) Assists Kessel (24A)
Rakell, Perry, Adam Henrique (22P) Points Kessel (39P)
Brandon Montour (3PPG) PPG Patric Hornqvist (7PPG)
Cam Fowler, Chris Wagner, Montour (1SHG) SHG Bryan Rust (2SHG)
Fowler (24:02), Ryan Getzlaf (19:56) TOI/GP (D&F) Kris Letang (25:49), Sidney Crosby (20:50)
Ondrej Kase (51.41), Hampus Lindholm (54.27) SAT% 5on5 (F&D) Bryan Rust (55.33); Chad Ruhwedel (53.37)
John Gibson GOALIES Matt Murray
10-11-4 Record 13-9-1
.920 Save % .908
33.63 SA/GP 29.12

Projected Lineups

Anaheim Ducks

Rickard Rakell 67 - Ryan Getzlaf 15 - Ondrej Kase 25

Andrew Cogliano 7 - Adam Henrique 14 - Jakob Silfverberg 33

Nick Ritchie 37 - Antoine Vermette 50 - Kevin Roy 63

Chris Wagner 21 - Derek Grant 38 - Logan Shaw 48

Hampus Lindholm 47 - Josh Manson 42

Cam Fowler 4 - Kevin Bieksa 3

Francois Beauchemin 23 - Brandon Montour 26

John Gibson 36

Injuries: Patrick Eaves, Ryan Kesler, Corey Perry

Pittsburgh Penguins

Jake Guentzel 59 - Sidney Crosby 87 - Bryan Rust 17

Carl Haglin 62 - Evgeni Malkin 71 - Patric Hornqvist 72

Conor Sheary 42 - Riley Sheahan 15 - Phil Kessel 81

Tom Kuhnhackl 34 - Dominik Simon 49 - Ryan Reaves 75

Brian Dumoulin 8 -K Kris Letang 58

Olli Maata 3 - Chad Ruhwedel 2

Matt Hunwick 22 - Jamie Oleksiak 5

Matt Murray 30

Injuries: Justin Shultz

Number for Nerds

Ryan Getzlaf has points in 5 of 6 games (8 pts) since returning to the lineup, including 4 assists in the most recent game against the Islanders. With two goal scorers on his wings - Kase slotting on his right, and Rakell on his left - he's prime to rack up some more assists.


Pete's Prediction

Hi, I'm Pete. As none of you are aware of (unless your part of the Anaheim Calling staff) I called Lindholm getting the hat trick for the overtime winner Thursday night. So naturally, my predictions have the highest possibility of being true amongst everyone. Tonights game winner will come from Ondrej Kase. No overtime needed. Josh Manson will also extend his point streak to 5 games. Lastly, if a Duck gets hurt tonight, it'll be Vermette. Some sort of upper-body injury will occur after a hit because the hockey gods aren't ready to see Derek Grant drop down to the AHL when Ryan Kesler Returns.

GO DUCKS!