Ducks Gameday: Panthers visit offers reminder of road beating
ANAHEIM – Motivation might be easy to find for the Ducks on Sunday night as they’ll take on the Florida Panthers at Honda Center.
It will be the second and final matchup against the Panthers and the Ducks (8-7-3) still have fresh memories of the first. Florida dealt them their worst loss of the season, an 8-3 beating at BB&T Center. The Ducks would respond by handing Tampa Bay one of its three regulation defeats.
“For sure, the Florida game had an effect on our performance in Tampa because when you play one of those games, you always want to get the next one back,” Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin said.
The Ducks also will be honoring Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne for their induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame during a pre-game ceremony. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said the recognition from the organization is deserved but also noted that can become a distraction if his team lets it become one.
“We have a game to play,” Carlyle said. “And we have to move past that and get our team ready.”
Hampus Lindholm is expected to return after sitting out Wednesday due to a minor lower-body injury. John Gibson (6-6-1, 2.80 GAA, .920 SV%) is coming off a 40-save effort Wednesday in the Ducks’ 4-2 win over Boston. Gibson has had to make 30 or more saves on seven occasions.
Here is the projected lineup for the Ducks:
Rickard Rakell-Derek Grant-Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano-Chris Wagner-Jakob Silfverberg
Nick Ritchie-Antoine Vermette-Kevin Roy
Logan Shaw-Dennis Rasmussen-Korbinian Holzer
Hampus Lindholm-Josh Manson
Francois Beauchemin-Brandon Montour
Sami Vatanen-Kevin Bieksa
Only twice have the Panthers (7-10-2) have won consecutive games and they’ll come into Anaheim recovering from a 4-0 loss to the Kings in a Saturday matinee.
Roberto Luongo (4-3-0, 2.74 GAA, .927 SV%) has won his last three starts as the longtime goalie expects to draw the start against the […]