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Ducks v. Flyers PREVIEW: Flying High

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Ducks welcome the visiting Broad Street Bullies in a Sunday clash.

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Game 39

Date: Sunday, December 29th, 2019

Time: 5:30 PM PT

Location: Honda Center, Anaheim

TV: ESPN+, Prime

Radio: AM 830

Your Enemy: Broad Street Hockey


The Anaheim Ducks will host the visiting Philadelphia Flyers Sunday evening at Honda Center. The Ducks are coming off a rather exciting (and rare) 4-3 win against the Vegas Golden Knights this past Friday. The Flyers on the other hand, are looking to rebound after kicking off their west coast road trip last night with a 6-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

The loss up north snapped a four-game winning streak that the Flyers had built. While the Flyers have made the Wells Fargo Center a place to be feared, they haven’t done so well on the road. They are 13-2-4 at home but only 8-9-1 on the road. They are currently are 5th in the Metro Division and are barely holding onto that last Wild Card spot with the Tampa Bay Lightning right behind them with two games in hand.

Keys to the Game

  1. If the Ducks want to win this one, they are going to need to get ahead early and force the Flyers to chase and play at the Ducks’ tempo. The Flyers are 10-6 in one-goal games while the Ducks are 7-10. Knowing that the Flyers don’t have a very strong record when trailing on the road, the Ducks need to create some wiggle room for themselves and allow the Flyers to make mistakes.
  2. Goaltending is always key for the Ducks seeing as defense has been an Achilles heel this season. We expect to see John Gibson in net tonight, most likely against veteran goaltender Brian Elliot. Lately, Elliot has been been struggling as of December posting a .842 SV% and 4.42 GAA. The Ducks will need to keep the pressure on him to ensure that his December woes continue tonight.
  3. Play the full 60 minutes please. Yes the flurry of power play goals after Eakins’ genius timeout was fun and exciting. And yes, the Ducks seemed to do well for a good portion of the game. But the last three minutes of the game really should not have happened. The Ducks’ lapse to attention to detail at the very end of the game was poor and uncalled for. The opponents were able to cut a three goal deficit down to two too quickly. The Ducks have been on the other end of that situation, and we’ve seen games like Miracle on Katella happen in a matter of minutes or even seconds. The Ducks should know better. Because a win is a win, even if the win comes in the last minute or second.

Sunday by Numbers

Fun fact—neither team is very good with Sunday games. Flyers are 1-4 in their last five Sunday games while the Ducks are 0-6 in their last six Sunday games. We’ll see tonight who will actually prevail. Puck drops at 5:30pm PST.