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Preview: Ducks fly into the streak

It’s a Western Conference opponent to kick off the second half.

NHL: DEC 15 Ducks at Bruins Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Just the facts

When: Tuesday, 7 PM

Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA

How to follow: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN site: Anaheim Calling

Know your enemy

The Ducks are 24-17-9, good for 57 points and fifth place in the Pacific Division. They’re tied in points with the Colorado Avalanche for the second Wild Card spot.

  • Rickard Rakell: 18G, 18A, 36 PTS in 47 games
  • Ryan Getzlaf: 6A, 25A, 31 PTS in 26 games
  • Corey Perry: 8G, 17A, 25 PTS in 39 games
  • John Gibson: 17-14-5, 2.70 GAA, 0.920 save percentage

Game notes

  • The Bruins were hammered by injuries earlier this season, but at this point, it pales in comparison to what the Ducks have been going through. Ryan Getzlaf, Cam Fowler, Ryan Kesler, Hampus Lindholm and Corey Perry have all missed significant time this season. The Ducks haven’t had their full team together much this season, and it’s showing in the standings.
  • Speaking of injuries, the Ducks may be dealing with another one as goalie John Gibson got clipped the other night against Winnipeg. If he can’t go, you know who we might see? Ol’ buddy Ryan Miller!
  • On the whole, the Ducks are a pretty middle-of-the-pack team. They’re 19th in GF, 19th in GA. Their goal differential is +2. Stats-wise, their team is the definition of “meh.” They’re gone 6-3-1 in their last ten and have won two games in a row.
  • Our friends over at Anaheim Calling had a good post wrapping up where things stand for the Ducks coming out of the All-Star break.
  • Former Canuck and target of the ire of Bruins fans Ryan Kesler has been a Duck for a while now. I’ve never really understood all the crap Bruins fans (and others) game Kesler for showing emotion on the ice after the Canucks lost Game 7 in 2011. Sure, it isn’t MANLY AND TOUGH. But the guy came within 60 minutes of achieving a lifelong dream, only to have to come apart. God forbid he feels sad, right? Anyways, that’s my 2011 rant.
  • Expect more of the same lineup-wise from the Bruins. It remains to be seen if Noel Acciari can go or not. If he can’t, I’m guessing Frank Vatrano and Anders Bjork both draw in. If he CAN go, my guess is that Bjork draws in. There’s a chance that they continue to trot Vatrano out there, but it’d almost have to be in an effort to drum up trade value. He barely saw the ice the other night in Ottawa after a couple of penalties.
  • Good to see Charlie McAvoy back on the ice on Monday, even if it was just a few spins. Here’s to a speedy and full recovery.