Thursday, January 25th, 7PM PST
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Your Enemy: Arctic Ice Hockey
If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to feel good after getting scored on six times in a game, it’s scoring six times on a team the very next game. The Ducks dominated the only thing that really matters in sports - the scoreboard - beating the New York Rangers 6-3 Tuesday night. They’ll need to repeat every bit of this offense as they take on one of the highest scoring teams, the Winnipeg Jets.
The Ducks have faired quite well this homestand, winning 3 of the 4 games so far. After a lopsided loss to the San Jose Sharks, Randy Carlyle decided the team needed a bit of a line change. A lot of fans were skeptical after seeing both Corey Perry and Jakob Silfverberg demoted from their usual lines, but it paid off as the Ducks went off on offense. Ten different Ducks recorded a point and all six goals came from different players, including newest Duck JT Brown scoring his first goal for the team.
This comes just in time for the Ducks to take on one of the best offenses in the league. The Winnipeg Jets are 7-2-1 in their past ten games and have a +29 goal differential, good for fourth in the league. This is also without their 1st line center Mark Scheifele. They currently sit atop the Central Division after beating the Sharks 5-4 in Overtime.
Keys to the Game
Keep the offense rolling. If the Ducks get scoring from three different lines like they did against the Rangers, and convert some chances on the PP, they’ll put themselves in a good position to get the W. The Jets have a capable centers in Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little, and they have snipers in Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers. Bottom line is they’re going to score some goals. Who doesn’t love a goal-scoring fest though?
Battle in front. The Ducks let Nash score on them twice by allowing him to outbattle them in front of the net and bang in loose pucks. The Jets have some big players that can do the same. But the Ducks also generated a couple goals by being up near the crease. Andrew Cogliano was able to score after Manson drove to the net and baited defenders with him. Rickard Rakell also scored by grabbing a loose rebound in front, after Perry was able to get the first tip on the puck. The Ducks need to take advantage of their size in the game and frustrate the Jets in front of both net-minders.
All Eyes on Me
I’m rolling with Corey Perry on this one. After being demoted from the first line, Perry immediately made an impact scoring a breakaway goal and getting the primary assist on Rakell’s goal 30 seconds into the 3rd period. He seemed to be more like his old self in this game, sneaking behind the defense, generating chances in front of the net. Maybe it was Carlyle giving him a wake up call. Maybe his knee is finally feeling strong again. Maybe he just finally wanted to produce for my fantasy team. Whatever the case, I think it could be a turning point for him to get back to how he was producing at the beginning of the season.
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