Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM PST
Location: Pepsi Center
Radio: AM 830
With little left to be truly excited about in another lost season, the Anaheim Ducks (26-32-8) get a nationally televised game tonight against one of the best teams in the league. The Colorado Avalanche (40-18-7) are exciting to watch with one of the top up-and-coming stars in Cale Makar. It should be an exciting matchup to say the least. Will it be a favorable result? It’s unlikely, but hopefully the Ducks can get something going quickly to put pressure on the Avs.
The Avs enter tonight’s game riding a seven-game winning streak and will look to keep it going against a struggling Ducks team. Led by the likes of Nathan MacKinnon (86 points) and Cale Makar (47 points), the Avalanche boast a lethal offense this season. They still have much to play for as they trail the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins in their pursuit of home ice throughout the playoffs, so they will be at their best.
Meanwhile, the Anaheim Ducks enter this match after another loss last night, this time at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks. It was a messy game and made the Blackhawks look much better than their record suggests. The Ducks are 3-6-1 in their last ten games as the losses keep piling up and, while the new players in the lineup have sparked some excitement and hope for the future, this team simply isn’t built to compete against most teams right now. To add salt to the wound, Hampus Lindholm is still out with a shoulder injury. If you thought the defense was bad before, imagine going weeks without Lindholm. Let’s hope the Ducks can put up a little bit of a fight in this one.
This Avalanche team is very good, but they have to lose eventually, right? Acting as the spoiler for teams that have something to play for is fun. GO DUCKS!
Players To Watch
Rickard Rakell - He’s now up to 16 games without a goal with his last one coming back on January 31st. Scorers will go through these kinds of droughts from time to time. Rakell is going to break through soon and hopefully that will be the one that opens the floodgates.
Cale Makar - He’s listed as day-to-day, but let’s hope he suits up. Makar is fun to watch and would be a treat for fans to see.