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Keys to the Game: Leafs vs. Ducks

by David Alter / Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs aim for a season high sixth-straight win as they take on the Anaheim Ducks at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday. Here are the Leafs’ three keys to victory.

Get to the net

Frederik Andersen has been a rock for the Anaheim Ducks and ranks second in the NHL with 17 wins. Ilya Bryzgalov was called up from a conditioning stint and there could be a chance that he makes his season debut. Whoever is in goal, the Leafs will need to attack the net and make it difficult by sending a winger into the blue paint. Goals don’t come too easily against Anaheim.

Limit Getzlaf

Ryan Getzlaf has played in all but one game for the Ducks this season. He ranks seventh in NHL scoring with 33 points and will another test for the Daniel Winnik-Nazem Kadri-Mike Santorelli line. The trio has proven it is up to the task of shutting down the opposition’s top units.

Special Teams advantage

The Maple Leafs have the edge on the Ducks when it comes to the power play and penalty kill. The Leafs have scored eight power play goals in their last eight games, while the Ducks have given up seven goals while shorthanded over the course of their seven game win streak. The Leafs will need to exploit this, while continuing to play a better 5-on-5 game. Jonathan Bernier or James Reimer will need to continue showing great support in goal.

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