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Ducks @ Islanders PREVIEW/GAMETHREAD: Away from the City

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The second of a New York back-to-back has the Ducks returning to Long Island to try and establish a win streak.

Anaheim Ducks v New York Islanders Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Game 50

Date: Sunday, January 19th, 2019

Time: 12:00PM PT / 3:00PM ET

Location: Nassau Coliseum

TV: SN, MSG+, PRIME

Radio: AM830

Your Enemy: Lighthouse Hockey


The Ducks ended their 12-game losing streak and have turned it around to pull off back-to-back wins against the Wild and the Devils.

Well, “turned it around” might be a bit generous if we’re describing the Ducks play. Being heavily outshot with plenty of defensive lapses and John Gibson deciding he was done being only a decent netminder had a lot to do with it.

While Minnesota and New Jersey have had their share of struggles this recently, Anaheim’s opponent this afternoon has been on the complete opposite end of the spectrum.

After losing captain John Taveres to Toronto in the offseason, many thought that the Islanders would not be competitive. But a transition including new head coach Barry Trotz and new General Manager Lou Lamoriello gave them some hope. Then, with young stud Matt Barzal’s continued development, the elevated play of captain Anders Lee, and the outstanding (and out of nowhere) goaltending from Robin Lehner, the New York Islanders surprisingly sit at the top of the Metropolitan Division.

This is a team that will attack hard and attack fast. Barry Trotz implemented his effective system from Washington last year and has the Isles playing like well-oiled machine, evidenced by an outstanding 2-0 shutout of the Caps on Friday.

Given the Ducks recent play and the fact that the Islanders are currently on a six-game win streak, the road team will have one of their toughest tests of the past several games.

Statpack

ANAHEIM DUCKS versus CALGARY FLAMES
ANAHEIM DUCKS versus CALGARY FLAMES
32-36-10 Record 47-23-7
7th Pacific, 14th West, 25th NHL Standings 1st Pacific, 1st West, 3rd NHL
2.33 (31st) GF/GP 3.49 (4th)
3.05 (19th) GA/GP 2.74 (8th)
17.4% (21st) Power Play 20.2% (15th)
79% (25th) Penalty Kill 79.3% (22nd)
TEAM STAT LEADERS STAT TEAM STAT LEADERS
Jakob Silfverberg (23) Goals Johnny Gaudreau (35)
Ryan Getzlaf (34) Assists Johnny Gaudreau (58)
Ryan Getzlaf (47) Points Johnny Gaudreau (93)
Adam Henrique (8) PPG Sean Monahan (12)
Jakob Silfverberg (2) SHG Mark Jankowski (5)
Hampus Lindholm (24:06), Ryan Getzlaf (19:34) TOI/GP (D&F) Mark Giordano (24:21), Elias Lindholm (20:09)
Ryan Getzlaf (50.81%), Andy Welinski (50.24%) CF% 5v5 (F&D) Matthew Tkachuk (56.94%), Oscar Fantenberg (57.95%)
Ryan Milller GOALIES Mike Smith
7-6-2 Record 21-15-2
0.915 Save% 0.899
2.67 GAA 2.75

Projected Lineups

Anaheim

Devin Shore - Ryan Getzlaf - Rickard Rakell

Nick Ritchie - Adam Henrique -

Max Jones - Derek Grant - Troy Terry

Brian Gibbons - Carter Rowney - Daniel Sprong

Cam Fowler - Josh Manson

Hampus Lindholm - Brandon Montour

Jacob Larsson - Andy Welinski

Chad Johnson

John Gibson


New York

Anders Lee - Brock Nelson - Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier - Mathew Barzal - Josh Bailey

Michael Dal Colle - Valtteri Filppula - Leo Komarov

Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk

Adam Pelech - Ryan Pulock

Devon Toews - Scott Mayfield

Robin Lehner

Thomas Greiss