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Ducks vs Bruins PREVIEW: Show Up For 60 Minutes

Don’t forget, there’s a first a period

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Boston Bruins Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Game #61

Boston Bruins @ Anaheim Ducks

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 7:30 PM PST

Honda Center


Radio: AM 830,

Your Enemy: Stanley Cup of Chowder

When things were finally starting to look up, the Ducks embarrassed themselves in the desert. Basically everyone in white was mentally at the airport in the first period. As a result, Anaheim would take a fat “L,” despite the comeback attempt. Mediocrity has been the name of the game, and if you want to be a threat in the playoffs, you’re going to need consistency.

And now, here come the big, bad Bruins to Anaheim. The last time these teams met was in Boston on December 15th, when the Ducks took down the B’s 4-3. Even Bieksa scored (just thought that was noteworthy). Boston currently resides right outside the final wild card behind Florida and one point behind Toronto for the third spot in the Atlantic. As for our Ducks, they sit third in the Pacific, chasing Edmonton who has a game in hand.

Looking to the goalkeepers, it would be wise to assume that John Gibson will be getting the nod. Gibby has yet to face Boston as Bernier started at the game in Beantown back in December. Tuuka Rask also didn’t start in the last game between these two clubs as former Duck Anton Khudobin played. In the games in which Rask has played Anaheim, he hasn’t performed his best. He posts a 1-4-1 record with a save percentage of .873 and a GAA of 3.48.

The Ducks have defeated the Bruins six games in a row, and are 8-1-1 in their last ten against the B’s. Hopefully that trend continues as they wrap up this brief season series with Boston.

Considering the Ducks last outing, expect them to come out sprinting.

Let’s go Ducks!