The Anaheim Ducks host their cross-town rivals, the LA Kings, tonight in part two of the much anticipated Freeway Faceoff. After a back and forth battle on Monday night, that ultimately saw the Anaheim Ducks walk away victorious, both teams are hoping to secure those two points tonight. But, only one can walk away with the coveted W at the end of the night.
For the Ducks to light the lamp tonight, it must be an all-around team effort. There is still a lack of structure on this team, especially defensively. They need to clean things up, limit turnovers, and odd-man rushes that give LA the upper hand.
After an absolutely incredible showing in Monday night’s win, however, it would be no surprise to see Rakell have another stellar game. Registering 3 points (2g, 1a) in regulation, the Swede is finally being rewarded and seeing results on the ice.
He has come through for his team after being snubbed during the early part of the 2020-21 season. Now that Rakell has found a way to break out, however, we should expect to see him be a consistent and effective point producer for the Anaheim Ducks.
Max Comtois is another player who will be key in the Ducks’ success in tonight’s contents. He also had 3 points against LA and has been one of Anaheim’s most consistent players offensively this season. He and Rakell have been building off of their chemistry as of late, and should Dallas Eakins continue to play these two together, this could be the start of a really beautiful partnership.
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Anaheim Ducks Projected Lineup
This projected lineup has been provided courtesy of NHL.com:
"Max Comtois-Ryan Getzlaf- Rickard RakellTrevor Zegras- Adam Henrique- Jakob SilfverbergMax Jones-Isac Lundestrom-Vinni LettieriDerek Grant-Sam Steel-Nicolas DeslauriersCam Fowler-Jani HakanpaaJosh Mahura-Kevin ShattenkirkBen Hutton-Jacob LarssonJohn GibsonRyan Miller"
Scratched: Danton Heinen
Injured: Hampus Lindholm (broken wrist), Carter Rowney (lower body), Sonny Milano (upper body), Troy Terry (upper body), Josh Manson (lower body)
Anaheim Ducks Injuries
Hampus Lindholm: After just one game back, the Anaheim Ducks announced that Hampus Lindholm would miss the next six weeks of the season due to a fractured left wrist. This is a big blow for the Ducks blueline. However, in the absence of both Lindholm and Manson, Josh Mahurah should be given the ice time he rightfully deserves.
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Sonny Milano: Milano has missed a large chunk of the 2020-21 season due to injury. After the Ducks 3-2 loss against the Blues, he was placed on the Anaheim Ducks IR list, his injury specified only as an upper-body injury. There have not been any more details released or a timetable given for his return.
Troy Terry: Troy Terry is considered day-to-day after leaving Monday night’s game against the LA Kings with an upper-body injury. He is currently being evaluated by the team, but there is no timetable for his return.
Josh Manson: The Anaheim Ducks received another big blow to their blueline when Josh Manson left the game on Monday night against LA with a lower-body injury. After being out for six weeks with an oblique injury, Manson is out once again. He is considered day-to-day and is being evaluated by the team.
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