Date: Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM PT
Location: Rogers Arena, Vancouver BC
TV: Fox Sports Prime
Your Enemy: Nucks Misconduct
The Ducks are 3-1-1 in their past five games. This stretch has seen them victorious against the playoff-bound Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks, while also recording victories against the non-playoff-bound Arizona Coyotes and Florida Panthers. Some fans might also include losing to the Winnipeg Jets 3-0 -a victory in itself, seeing as the last time the teams met up, the Ducks lost 9-3.
The Ducks are coming off of a Saturday night loss to the rival Los Angeles Kings. A game in which they fell 4-3 via shootout. They are now heading out on their final road trip of the season and will face off against the Vancouver Canucks. The Ducks have the season’s edge over the Canucks, having won two of the three match ups against them, although the lone loss was in Vancouver. With a win tonight, the Ducks can secure the season series and start the west coast Canada trip off right (or wrong if you’re team tank).
This one will not be as fun seeing as Ryan Kesler will not be playing in this or the remainder of the season, but it does look like Ducks’ captain, Ryan Getzlaf, will be back in the lineup.
The Canucks come into this one 3-2 in their last five games. This will be the final game of the season against the Ducks and they will be looking to split the season series while rebounding from an ugly home loss at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets. They were shut out in that one and will want to give the home fans a little more for which to cheer.
This game marks another chance for the Ducks to see rookie star Elias Pettersson. Pettersson has taken the league by storm and is the clear favorite to win the Calder Award. They will also be rolling out fellow young-gun Josh Teves who will be making his NHL debut. The young dman comes in as free agent NCAA signing from Princeton.
THINGS TO WATCH
- Can Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silfverberg continue their recent hot streaks? Ricky has three goals and two assists in his last five games and Silf has two goals and three assists in the same stretch.
- What will the lines look like tonight? We’ve seen some decent line shake ups from HCGMBM and with Nick Ritchie not slated to be on this road trip, it will be interesting to see where the chips fall tonight.
- Elias Pettersson. Not much to say. The kid is a blast to watch. Can the Ducks contain him?
- Will Ryan Getzlaf continue his success against the Canucks? He comes in with 49 points in 52 games against Vancouver.
TANKING ROOTING GUIDE
- Buffalo Sabres over the Ottawa Senators – The Ducks have won too many of late, so no sense in trying to catch the Senators. Would rather have Buffalo get the points to set up the Ducks for a higher draft pick.
- Edmonton Oilers over the Los Angeles Kings – See above. Same applies to Edmonton/LA.
- Vancouver Canucks over the Anaheim Ducks
Puck drops tonight at 7:00PM PST.