Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Location: Honda Center
Radio: AM 830
Your Enemy: Jackets Cannon
The Anaheim Ducks are coming off a thrilling shootout win over the Nashville Predators and will now turn their focus to the Columbus Blue Jackets, who visit Anaheim one night after playing up the freeway against the Los Angeles Kings.
This will be the second consecutive opponent that the Ducks face on the second half of a back to back situation and they should look to implement a similar strategy to the one that succeeded against the Predators. The Ducks started the game fast and controlled a majority of the possession early on. It resulted in the Ducks finding the back of the net first, and despite a couple ugly stretches that allowed Nashville back into the game, they ended up on top at the end with two points.
The Blue Jackets struggled mightily early this season but have begun to pull it together and are 7-1-2 in their last 10 contests. However, they are without starting goaltender Joonas Korpisalo for the time being, and the Ducks are expected to see Matiss Kivlenieks, who is expected to make his NHL debut tonight in Anaheim. If you haven’t ever heard of him before, then good news! Neither have I, so I guess we’ll see how that goes.
The Blue Jackets are coming off a hard-fought 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings, and that improved their overall road record to a respectable 8-6-6. Based on the numbers there, they seem to like close games on the road, having 6 losses in either OT or a shootout, so hopefully the Ducks can avoid this and find a regulation win to keep their legs as fresh as possible for the arrival of a tough Dallas Stars team on Thursday night.
Keys to the Game
Power Play - Daniel Sprong has fixed the Anaheim Ducks power play. All is forgiven and the steam engine can now leave the station on its quest for the Ducks’ miraculous Stanley Cup run that began with the win over Nashville. In reality, this probably won’t be the case, but the power play looks a lot better now and I want them to keep that rolling tonight.
Goaltending - Ryan Miller vs. Man Making NHL Debut. Please find the upper hand in this battle.
Discipline - While the Blue Jackets don’t boast one of the top power plays in the league, sitting currently at 16.7%, or 24th in the NHL, the Ducks would be wise to avoid being shorthanded for too long tonight. It doesn’t really help with the whole “we can’t score a lot of goals” thing if we spend a lot of time playing 4v5.
Adam Henrique - Ryan Getzlaf - Daniel Sprong
Rickard Rakell - Isac Lundestrom - Jakob Silfverberg
Max Jones - Sam Steel - Ondrej Kase
Nicolas Deslauriers - Devin Shore - Carter Rowney
Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson
Cam Fowler - Erik Gudbranson
Jacob Larsson - Michael Del Zotto
Columbus Blue Jackets
Gustav Nyquist - Pierre-Luc Dubois - Nathan Gerbe
Sonny Milano - Boone Jenner - Nick Foligno
Emil Bemstrom - Alexander Wennberg - Kevin Stenlund
Jakob Lilja - Riley Nash - Eric Robinson
Zach Werenski - Seth Jones
Vladislav Gavrikov - David Savard
Scott Harrington - Markus Nutivaara