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Anaheim ends four-game road trip; Halak starts in goal for Boston

by Matt Kalman / Independent Correspondent

DUCKS (4-1-0) at BRUINS (4-1-0)



The Game 

The top two defensive teams in the NHL will meet when the Anaheim Ducks play the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Monday.

The Ducks, who are completing a four-game road trip, have allowed six goals (a League-low 1.20 per game) through five games and are coming off a 2-1 win at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.

Boston has allowed eight goals in five games (1.60 per game, second in the NHL) and shut out the New Jersey Devils 3-0 on Saturday. This is the second game of a three-game homestand for the Bruins.


Players to watch

Ducks goalie John Gibson is 3-1-0 with a 1.26 goals-against average and .961 save percentage (124 saves on 129 shots) this season.

Bruins goalie Jaroslav Halak is 1-1-0 with a 1.53 GAA and a .957 save percentage (67 saves on 70 shots).


They said it

"Well if you're only going to score two (goals), you better give up one. If that's the way it's got to be, then that's the way it's got to be." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins on the Ducks outscoring opponents 11-6 this season

"They've added some younger guys that [Eakins has] worked with, so that makes some familiarity. So that probably makes it a little easier when you have so much turnover. So, their veteran core guys are playing well. So, we'll have our hands full, but again we're focused on ourselves this time of year." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on the Ducks


Ducks projected lineup

Maxime Comtois -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Ondrej Kase

Rickard Rakell -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Devin Shore -- Troy Terry

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Michael Del Zotto -- Cam Fowler

Jacob Larsson -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Isac Lundestrom, Max Jones

Injured: Sam Steel (undisclosed), Brendan Guhle (lower body)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Karson Kuhlman

Danton Heinen -- Charlie Coyle -- Brett Ritchie

Joakim Nordstrom -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Connor Clifton

Jaroslav Halak

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: David Backes, Par Lindholm, Steven Kampfer

Injured: John Moore (shoulder), Kevan Miller (knee), Anton Blidh (shoulder)


Status report

Henrique will play his 600th NHL game. … Halak starts for the third time this season, continuing the pattern of alternating starts with Rask. 


Stat pack

Silfverberg and Fowler are the only Ducks players with at least two goals. … Marchand has seven points (four goals, three assists) during a four-game point streak. … Pastrnak has six points (two goals, four assists) during a three-game point streak.

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