2021-10-22
Anaheim Ducks
Winnipeg Jets
League : NHL

Winnipeg Jets vs Anaheim Ducks Prediction & Preview



 

 

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The Anaheim Ducks travel to Winnipeg to face the Jets with both teams hoping to rebound from tough losses. The Ducks are 2-2 on the season and coming off a 6-5 loss to the Oilers while the Jets are winless on the season and coming off a 6-5 overtime loss to the Wild. Both teams have looked better than their record might indicate and the upcoming game looks to be a good one as a result.

 

Ducks hope offense can continue to play well

The Ducks are 2-2 on the season and have been carried by their offense to start the season, scoring 3.25 goals per game. The offense has been led particularly by Rickard Rakell and Sam Steel who have combined for four goals while Jakob Silfverberg has added a goal and five assists. However, The Ducks have also seen production from the point with defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scoring three goals and adding two assists early on this season.

 

 

 

The offense has led the way but the defense hopes to step up as the unit is allowing 2.75 goals per game and allowed six goals in their most recent game. Kevin Shattenkirk, Cam Fowler, and Hampus Lindholm have led the way for the unit with a combined 22 blocked shots but the backend of the defense has struggled, allowing opponents to find open shots on the net. In the upcoming game, the Ducks will turn to goaltender John Gibson who has played well in his two starts this season, saving 74 of 77 shots for a .961 save percentage and a 1.46 goals-against average.

 

 

Jets hope defense can improve

The Jets are off to a rough start to the season, losing all three games including the recent game where they had a late lead but lost in overtime. despite the early season struggles, the offense has played well, scoring 9 goals in the first three games. The offense has been led by Kyle Connor, who has three goals already on the season and looks to finish the season near the top of the NHL in scoring while Pierre-Luc Dubois and Andrew Copp have combined for four goals and two assists to add to the backend of the unit.

 

 

The offense has played but the defense has been awful to start the season, allowing 4.67 goals per game. Brenden Dillon and Neal Pionk have combined for 12 blocked shots and have limited opponents in the neutral zone but the rest of the unit has struggled and the Jets need the other defensive pairings to step up. In addition, Connor Hellebuyck, who is one of the best goaltenders in the NHL, has struggled early on this season, allowing 14 goals on 97 shots for a .856 save percentage and a 4.66 goals-against average.







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