The Anaheim Ducks will face the Colorado Avalanche in a game that features two promising teams in the Western Conference. The Ducks have won 10 of their 19 games while the Avalanche have won nine of their first 15 games to start the season. Both teams are looking to build their records in the conference and the upcoming game should be a great one as a result.
Ducks hope offense can continue to play wellThe Ducks are off to a great start to the season led by an offense that is scoring 3.32 goals per game. Troy Terry, Trevors Zegras, and Adam Henrique have combined for 24 goals and 24 assists to lead the top line but the backend of the Ducks offense has also stepped up. Rickard Rakell, Sam Steel, and Sam Carrick have combined for 13 goals and an assist while defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has added four goals and 10 assists from the point to open up the offense.
The offense has led the way but the defense has stepped up as well, allowing only 2.63 goals per game. Hampus Lindholm and Kevin Shattenkirk have combined for 2.6 defensive point shares and 50 blocked shots while Cam Fowler and Josh Manson have combined for 1.9 defensive point shares and 51 blocked shots to give the Ducks two great defensive pairings. In addition, goaltender John Gibson is having a great season with a .925 save percentage and a 2.36 goals-against average on 478 shots.
Avalanche offense has led the way this seasonThe Avalanche have a five-game winning streak and are led by an offense that is scoring 4.00 goals per game. Mikko Rantanen and defenseman Cale Makar have combined for 14 goals and 14 assists but the entire offense has stepped up lately. Andre Burakovsky, Gabriel Landeskog, and Nazem Kadri have combined for 18 goals and 33 assists while JT Compher is adding five goals and four assists, making the offense tough to stop.
The offense has led the way but the hope is that the defense can step up as the Avalanche are allowing 3.27 goals per game. Devon Toews and Erik Johnson have combined for 1.8 defensive point shares and 31 blocked shots but the rest of the unit has struggled and is allowing opponents to find open shots at will. In addition, goaltender Darcy Kuemper has struggled as the starting goaltender with a .906 save percentage and a 2.79 goals-against average on 383 shots.