Thursday March 30th, 2017, 5:00 PM PST
Radio: AM 830, AnaheimDucks.com
Your Enemy: Arctic Ice Hockey
The Ducks are in Winnipeg to face the Jets for the final time this season fresh off a convincing 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
With the win the Ducks secured their fifth consecutive playoff spot; the only Pacific division club to do so five years in a row. The Jets meanwhile are missing the playoffs for the second year in a row.
Despite the disappointing campaign; they do have a lot to look forward to. After selecting Patrik Laine second overall less than a year ago, the Jets have seen the Finnish phenom single-handedly drag the team through the season, much like a certain first overall pick but without the supporting cast.
Laine is one of the front runners for the Calder Trophy - he is currently 1 point behind Auston Matthews with 61, 1 goal behind him with 34, and has played 7 less games due to injury.
The Jets have had a fairly positive month - stringing together some wins over St. Louis and Colorado to start the month before running into San Jose, Pittsburgh and Calgary. Since then they have failed to keep pace despite beating division rival Minnesota last week.
The Ducks have recalled Ondrej Kase in case Ryan Getzlaf is unable to go again - he would likely slot in on the fourth line in place of Jared Boll. Antoine Vermette, after having a strong game against the Canucks, would replace Getzlaf on the first line again.
Kase scored 1 goal in two losing efforts for the Gulls; who clinched their second consecutive playoff spot in just their second year in the AHL.
The Ducks hold the Pacific lead by two points while both San Jose and Edmonton face-off just an hour later. A Ducks win would keep them two points ahead of whomever is the victor of that match-up.