Anaheim Ducks vs Edmonton Oilers by 20Legend
The Ducks (32-19-8) is continuing their perfect form after the All-Star break as they also beat Buffalo Sabres (1-0) in their last game. That was their sixth with in a row and their extended their positive statistics to 20-4-2 since Christmas. Corey Perry stated that everybody on the team knows their role and it is therefore things work out so well for them at the moment. The game against the Sabres was a rather close encounter. Buffalo Sabres coach has stated that they are working on getting more players in front of their own and the opponent’s goal in order to disturb the opponent’s rhythm more than they have done previously. It was tough for Anaheim to break through and they had to wait until the second period before they got the goal. Sami Vatanen finished off a power play attack after being set up by Getzlaf and Lindholm. The rest of the game was without goals as both teams managed to defend well, but Anaheim Ducks still did the job as they secured a 1-0 win. Their captain Ryan Getzlaf extended his point streak to four goals and ten assists. Shawn Horcoff, Clayton Stoner and Chris Stewart are still out injured.
Edmonton Oilers (22-34-6) will play back-to-back after losing another game against LA Kings (2-1) last night. They have no chance on acquiring a playoff spot as they are rock bottom in the Pacific Division with only 50 points in 62 games. The loss against LA Kings was their fifth straight loss in regular time and their coach, Todd McLellan, has stated that their rhythm is not there at the moment. Connor McDavid has been fantastic since his return from his injury, and the game against LA Kings was just the second game that he did not get any points since his return. Their goaltender Cam Talbot has failed to get a win in his previous five starts. However, he was very good against LA Kings as he turned away 34 of 36 shots, but it was not enough to get any points. He has 2.71 GAA and .911 SV% with a total 12-22-3 this season. It is a possibility that their backup goaltender Anders Nilsson will get the start tonight, which will be his first start since February 7th. Forward Teddy Purcell and defenseman Justin Shultz could return to the lineup tonight after missing out last night.
It is really two teams with the opposite form facing each other tonight and I expect Anaheim Ducks to take another win here. Edmonton Oilers does really struggle to coupe with their opponents defensively and I do not think that it will be any easier against the in-form Ducks team. They met twice since Christmas and the Ducks have won both meetings away from home (0-1 and 3-5). Even if nothing is for certain in this unpredictable sport, Anaheim Ducks should be able to continue their dominance.