Game # 74
Friday, March 24th, 2016, 7:00 PM PST
Radio: AM 830, AnaheimDucks.com
Your Enemy: Arctic Ice Hockey
The Anaheim Ducks are looking to continue their 5-game point streak as they face-off against the Winnipeg Jets Friday night. The Ducks are high flying coming off a 4-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday night. The Jets are looking to come off a back-to-back two-game two-day roadtrip with at least one win, as they lost last night against the Los Angeles Kings 5-2.
We are coming down to the wire as March is wrapping up and there are only 9 more games left including tonight’s.
Let’s recap how the current standings look:
- San Jose Sharks (73 GP | 42-24-7 | | 91 points)
- Anaheim Ducks (73 GP | 39-23-11 | 89 points)
- Edmonton Oilers (74 GP | 40-25-9 | 89 points)
- Calgary Flames (74 GP | 41-29-4 | 86 points)
- Los Angeles Kings (73 GP | 35-31-7 | 77 points)
- Vancouver Canucks (73 GP | 29-35-9 | 67 points)
- Arizona Coyotes (74 GP | 27-38-9 | 63 points)
As you can see, the Ducks and the Edmonton Oilers are tied with 89 points, but the former having a game in hand. It’s going to be a wild ride because the remainder of the Ducks’ schedule isn’t too pretty. After next week, the remaining games will be against divisional opponent (Edmonton-Calgary-LA + Chicago). Yikes. But if there’s any time to get red hot, it’s now.
The Winnipeg Jets may have Patrik Laine, but they are out of playoff contention. Dustin Byfuglien is listed as day-to-day after he left last night, which is a big loss for the Jets. In terms of injuries, the Jets seem to be full of them—in addition to Byfuglien, there are: Ben Chiarot (day-to day), Paul Posma (day-to-day), Jacob Trouba (day-to-day) and Ondrej Pavelec (day-to-day). Rough.
No matter. Tonight is another must-win in order for the Ducks to keep ahead of the trailing Oilers and secure a home ice advantage.