Tuesday, March 12, 2013
NHL 13: Ducks at Wild simulation
Tuesday night, the Anaheim Ducks head to the Xcel Energy Center to face the Minnesota Wild. Minnesota is coming off an impressive win Sunday night against the Vancouver Canucks, which moved them into first place in the Northwest Division. Anaheim tops the Pacific Division and has won three straight, with a record of 7-1-2 in its last 10 games. The Ducks have won the two previous meetings this season against the Wild, with a commanding 7-1 record against Northwest Division opponents.
Ducks' keys to the game
• Stifling Suter: Ryan Suter's increased offensive production has certainly been a boost for a Wild offense that has been anemic this season, and stifling his attack will be a key to the Ducks' success in Minnesota. Suter picked up two assists last game against the Vancouver Canucks, extending his point streak to seven games (1G-8A, 9P). Among defensemen, the Wild blueliner is T-2nd for assists and sits T-4th overall in points.
Wild's keys to the game
• Shutting Down the Big Three: Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf are red-hot right now. The Wild, who are T-3rd for least goals allowed (59) in the Western Conference, must find a way to shut down the trio -- the members of which are all riding point streaks. Ryan has 8 points (3G-5A) in his last 7 games, while Perry has 6 points (4G-2A) and Getzlaf has 9 points (3G-6A) in their last four games.
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