Game Day: Anaheim Ducks at Winnipeg – Test Time

ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 28: The Anaheim Ducks logo on the ice before the game against the San Jose Sharks on March 28, 2012 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 28: The Anaheim Ducks logo on the ice before the game against the San Jose Sharks on March 28, 2012 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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Tonight the Anaheim Ducks head to the Peg. It will be a good test to see how they measure up against one of the top teams in the west.

Zippin in Calgary

Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson pitched another shutout (4-0) Wednesday night. It was an impressive performance against a desperate Calgary team whose season was on the line. Also impressive was Anaheim’s secondary scoring which accounted for all four tallies.

Andrew Cogliano‘s shorthanded goal at 12:51 of the first period opened the scoring. After the game, Gibson told NHL.com that the goal sparked his teammates.

"“We knew they were going to come out hard. When he got that, it gave us the momentum and kind of took them down a little bit. That was a big moment in the game for us.”"

Hampus Lindholm, Ondrej Kase, and Francois Beauchemin also scored for Anaheim. Although the Ducks top line didn’t score any goals, Ryan Getzlaf had two assists while Rickard Rakell and Cory Perry added one apiece.

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News and Notes

  • The next time Brandon Montour steps on the ice in regulation play will be his 100th career game.
  • Assist anyone? Hampus Lindholm and Rickard Rakell each need one more assist to reach 100 in their respective careers. Ryan Kessler needs two more to reach 100 as an Anaheim Duck.
  • Ryan Getzlaf has scored in three straight games, nine of the last 10 and, 11 of the past 13 games he has played in.
  • Cogliano’s shorty on Tuesday tied Paul Kariya for the all-time team lead in shorthanded goals at 16.
  • The Ducks signed college free agent Kiefer Sherwood yesterday and assigned him to San Diego

Anaheim Ducks @ Winnipeg

As mentioned above, this will be a good test for the Anaheim Ducks. Winnipeg has had the Ducks number so far this season going 2-0-1 in their three previous meetings. Jets’ super sniper Patrick Laine was originally thought to be out for the game looks like he will be a game time decision.

Don’t expect many power play goals tonight. In their previous four meetings, Winnipeg has allowed the Ducks only one power-play goal in 11 chances. Meanwhile, Anaheim has the league’s best penalty kill over the past six weeks, going 48 of 52 (92.3%).

Josh Manson missed Tuesday’s game and wasn’t at practice yesterday due to an upper-body injury. He won’t play tonight either. Korbinian Holzer will once again take Manson’s place. The Ducks should use the same lineup as the did in Calgary, including Gibson in goal.

Forwards

Rakell-Getzlaf-Perry

Cogliano-Kesler-Silfverberg

Ritchie-Henrique-Kase

Kelly-Grant-Chimera/Brown

Defense

Fowler-Montour

Lindholm-Pettersson

Beauchemin-Holzer

Goalies

Gibson

Miller

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Los Angeles has bumped the Ducks from third in the Pacific Division to the second wild-card spot in the west. Anaheim could use some points tonight.