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Game Preview: Anaheim Ducks Take On New York Islanders

The Anaheim Ducks continue their road trip with a game against the New York Islanders tonight, a night coming off their overtime victory over the New Jersey Devils. This will be the second matchup between the two teams, as the Ducks skated to a 5-2 victory December 9 in their first meeting.

This game is more along the lines of two teams passing each other on an escalator, one team on the rise, and the other sinking to the bottom. After a promising run at the end of last season, and giving the top seed Pittsburgh Penguins a fight for their money, expectations were high for the Islanders this season, who have far from lived up to them.

Despite their win against the New York Rangers last night, the Islanders have still only one two games in their last ten and things won’t get any easier against the Ducks – who are tied with the Chicago Blackhawks for the most points in the Western Conference.

Here is how the two teams breakdown;

Anaheim Ducks

Category

New York Islanders

25-7-5 (55 points)

Record

10-19-7 (27 points)

3.16

Goals/Game

2.39

2.40

Goals Against/Game

3.36

12-7-3

Road/Home Record

5-6-7

8-66 (12%)

Road/Home Power Play

13-63 (21%)

55-72 (76%)

Road/Home Penalty Kill

35-46 (76%)

 

Both teams struggle with the man short, so whoever can stay out of the penalty box the most can put them in great position to earn the two points.

Goalie Matchup

Both teams used their number one goaltenders on Friday night, so more than likely we will see a battle of the backups tonight as Frederik Anderson and Kevin Poulin will likely get the nods for their team.

Here how their numbers measure up against each other this season;

Frederik Anderson

Category

Kevin Poulin

8-1

Record

4-12

1.74

GAA

3.25

.938

Save %

.892

0

Shutouts

0

 

Poulin showed promise his rookie year, posting a .924 save percentage and 2.44 GAA in ten games but hasn’t been able to progress the next two years and neither his GAA or save percentage is far from anything special.

Anderson of course has hit the ground running his rookie year, in tune to an 8-1 record – the most wins from any rookie this year.

Key Matchup – John Tavares vs Ryan Getzlaf

This is one of the best matchups of two players who don’t really get the headlines they truly deserve. After so many years of losing, John Tavares was lost in the mess that was Long Island up until last season, where his play made him an MVP finalist. All though the wins aren’t there, he has been enjoying another good statistical season with 38-points (13 G, 25 A) in 36-games. That has him on pace for to push the 30 goal, 90 point plateau.

Ryan Getzlaf

Category

John Tavares

16

Goals

13

23

Assists

25

+15

Plus/Minus

-8

11 (4+7)

Power Play Points

14 (3+11)

6

GWG

2

20:50

TOI/G

20:42

 

For all the talk of Getzlaf for MVP, they have similar numbers but the difference is that Getzlaf has led his team to a better record, and Tavares’ team has struggled – though not all his fault.

It may come down to who ever has one of their ‘sidekicks’ step up, which would favor the Ducks – as Corey Perry has had himself an amazing start to the year.

Anthony Murphy is the Editor of Pucks of a Feather. You can reach him by email [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @AMurphyTFC.

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