Don’t vaccinate your players, get some mouse ears, and put on the DVD’s of some crappy WB drama, because we’re in Orange County!
Now that I’ve named off literally everything Anaheim is famous for, let’s take a look at the hockey team that plays there because Disney needed something to promote the sequel to it’s hockey movie.
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Anaheim Ducks
10:00PM - Honda Centre
TV: TSN4 / Radio: TSN1050
SBN: Anaheim Calling
The Maple Leafs are at the end of their California road trip. A week that Leafs fans dread for the annual losses and 10PM start times. Western Canada is better because Rogers will cave to the Leafs demands, NBC won’t.
The Maple Leafs lost in regulation to the Sharks, and last night lost in a shootout against the Kings. They’re at one point out of four so far on this trip. Those lost three points have allowed the Sabres, Flyers, Panthers, and Lightning to get within five points of the Leafs, and the Islanders to climb over and take the second wild card spot. The Bruins are two points up and the Senators are four. Losing out on another two points in Anaheim tonight would not be ideal.
Mitch Marner is still recovering from the
shoulder upper body injury he suffered in Columbus, and new Leaf Brad Boyes Brian Boyle is working his way into the Leafs system. Excuse me if I write Brad Boyes at any point, I can’t stop myself from mixing them up.
The wins need to come fast and solid now, one month out from the end of the season.
After remembering the Ducks exist, I had to look up the team.
Oh right they hired Randy as coach! Good job Ducks.
Umm...let’s see. In their past five they lost to Forida, beat the Kings, lost to...Arizona? Really? LOL. Beat Boston (thanks) and lost to LA. Now the Ducks are coming off their bye week, so easy win, right?
Oh, and the Ducks are playing former Maple Leafs duo Bernier and Enroth in goal tonight.
The Ducks are....pretty good, I guess. Let’s take a look at the numbers.
|Goal Differential||192 / 188 = +4||162 / 161 = +1|
|Power Play||22.9% - 1st||19.1% - 15th|
|Penalty Kill||83.3% - 9th||84.9% - 4th|
|Most Goals||Auston Matthews - 31||Rickard Rakell - 24|
|Most Points||Auston Matthews - 55||Ryans Getzlaf/Kesler - 46|
|Top Goalie||Frederik Andersen - .916sv%||John Gibson - .922sv%|
Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg
Nick Ritchie - Ryan Getzlaf - Ondrej Kase
Patrick Eaves - Rickard Rakell - Corey Perry
Logan Shaw - Nate Thompson - Jared Boll
Cam Fowler - Sami Vatanen
Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson
Korbinian Holzer - Kevin Bieksa
Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Mitchell Marner
Leo Komarov - Nazem Kadri - Connor Brown
Matt Martin - Brian Boyle - Nikita Soshnikov
Morgan Rielly - Alexey Marchenko
Jake Gardiner - Nikita Zaitsev
Matt Hunwick - Roman Polak
Frederik Andersen has said he wants to start tonight, against the team that traded him away. Babcock says McElhinney will start on the second game of a back to back. We’ll see what could happen at game time.
Key to victory
The Maple Leafs need to jump out fast, get a lead, AND DON’T BLOW IT.
The Ducks need to let the Leafs jump out fast, get a lead and things will take care of themselves.