The Anaheim Ducks host the Minnesota Wild on Friday looking to win the team’s second consecutive game after dropping eight of the last ten.
The Anaheim Ducks look to go put together consecutive wins for the first time in nearly two weeks when they take on the Minnesota Wild on Friday night at Honda Center. After losing the first night of the back to the back to the LA Kings, the Ducks played the Calgary Flames last night. They ended up winning 3-2 in an intensely close game
The Ducks scored the first goal for the first time in eight games and it was a good omen as they scored the next one as well. After the Flames scored later in the first and short-handed in the third, Captain Ryan Getzlaf scored just as the power play expired for the Ducks.
The Anaheim Ducks would go on to hold the lead and preserve the victory for goaltender Ryan Miller who stopped 37 out of 39 shots and was sensational throughout.
Anaheim badly needed this win as they have played the most games in the League (17). Although, they have 17 points and are in the thick of things in the muddling Pacific Division. The Ducks are going to need to pick up as many points as possible in this home-heavy stretch in November before going on a road-heavy stretch in December.
One Duck player that has been hot in the last three games is defenseman Cam Fowler. In his last 3 games, Cam has 3 goals and 1 assist. He is on pace for a career high in points and hopes to join the rush on offense more often as the Ducks just welcomed back Josh Manson on their most recent game.
Two other players that have been notably productive over the past two games are Adam Henrique and Rickard Rakell. Each has had two points in the last 3 games with Henrique having a goal and an assist, and Rakell with two assists respectively.
Though the Ducks are on a high from their most recent game, they shouldn’t take their opponent the Minnesota Wild too lightly on Friday.
Minnesota has gotten off to a good start this year as they are 8-4-2 and are paced in points by alternate captains Zach Parise and Ryan Suter as well as Mikael Granlund who each have 13 points. Granlund leads them in goals with six and Suter leads them with ten assists.
The Wild also have a good core of defenseman including Suter as well as Matt Dumba, Jared Spurgeon, and Jonas Brodin. Devan Dubnyk has been stellar in goal as he already has six victories with a 2.25 goals against average.
The Ducks will need to generate some much-needed offense against this defensive group. One player still looking to score his first goal this season is Patrick Eaves who is still trying to find his footing in his first couple of games.
John Gibson is on track and slated to start this game.
As long as the Anaheim Ducks continue to mount offensive opportunities in the offensive end, they will have a good chance at knocking off the Wild.