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Ducks Gameday: Ailing power play has been no advantage

By in Press Enterprise on November 4, 2017

By Eric Stephens

ANAHEIM — The Ducks hope to find a cure for their sickly power play Friday night when they take on the Nashville Predators at Honda Center in the teams’ first of three scheduled matchups this season.

Coming off a 26-save outing in a 3-1 loss to Toronto, John Gibson (5-4-1, 2.83 GAA, .919 save percentage) will make the start in goal. He has started all but one game for the Ducks this season.

Working with the man advantage hasn’t given the Ducks (6-5-1) much through the season’s first month. They’re back at the bottom of the league in success rate with an NHL-low four goals in 37 power-play chances. Just one of those four goals has come at home, where they’ve also had 27 attempts in seven contests. The Ducks went 0 for 4 against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

Defenseman Kevin Bieksa could return to the lineup. Bieksa injured his hand when he fell during a fight with Philadelphia’s Radko Gudas but he returned to practice Tuesday and could draw in next to Sami Vatanen, with Jaycob Megna taking a seat after a tough game against Toronto.

To activate Bieksa off injured reserve, the Ducks put goalie Reto Berra on waivers. Berra got in two games with the Ducks but has recently been kept as a third goalie to make sure Ryan Miller recovered well from his first start Sunday in Carolina.

Ondrej Kase has goals in his last two games and is tied with Rickard Rakell for the team lead with five. Brandon Montour leads the Ducks in defense scoring with four goals and seven points. The two have helped offset slow starts from Jakob Silfverberg and Corey Perry, who have three goals between them.

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