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Ducks vs Wild PREVIEW: Running Wild

Anaheim continues its homestand against the struggling Minnesota Wild.

Anaheim Ducks v Minnesota Wild

Game #17

Date: November 5, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM PT

Location: Honda Center

TV: Prime

Radio: AM 830

Your Enemy: Hockey Wilderness

The Anaheim Ducks are coming off a forgettable game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. The game had all the qualities that we’ve become familiar with about our newfound Ducks: defensive breakdowns and penalties galore mixed in with periods of sustained pressure and youthful energy. Anaheim managed to get a point out of the game, but hope to have a stronger showing in their game tonight against the Minnesota Wild.

Who We’re Playing

The Ducks face the Minnesota Wild tonight, the first of three matches on the season. A couple of years removed from wildly successful regular seasons, the Wild now find themselves near the bottom of the Western Conference. Devan Dubnyk hasn’t been as dominant as he once was and their aging core rings a bell of Anaheim’s past core.

The Wild are coming in with an extra day’s rest and a three-game losing streak that I’m sure they are hoping to break as soon as possible. While on paper they struggle to score goals, you cannot take them lightly. Their middle-of-the-pack power play is still almost half a league better than the Ducks and the way the penalties have been accumulating, they cannot afford to gift them any opportunities.

Keys To The Game

  1. STOP TAKING PENALTIES - Anaheim has taken five penalties in the past two games. While a young team is expected to make mistakes under pressure, some of the culprits are the veterans. Whether it’s pushing the limit in post-whistle shenanigans or carelessly lofting the puck over the defensive zone glass, the Ducks must limit these penalties to give themselves a fighting chance.
  2. STOP TAKING PENALTIES PLAY YOUR GAME - This young team is at its best when they apply pressure in the offensive zone and control the play with a tired opponent on the ice. Their breakouts from the defensive zone will determine the direction of the momentum.
  3. STOP TAKING PENALTIES VETERAN LEADERSHIP - This team is not fully healthy. The defense is in shambles and Ondrej Kase’s return as of Monday evening is still up in the air. While these are big factors for the outcome of each game, Anaheim has shown that they can scrape out a win. It will be up to the veterans to keep everyone calm and elevate their game.