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Ducks Gameday: Rickard Rakell making regular visits to scoresheet

By in Press Enterprise on November 23, 2017

By Eric Stephens

ANAHEIM — Winners of three straight games for the first time this season, the Ducks will look to extend that Wednesday night when they host the Vegas Golden Knights at Honda Center in the first regular-season meeting between the teams.

With their shootout win in San Jose, the Ducks (10-7-3) have situated themselves in a tie for fourth with Vancouver in the Pacific Division entering Wednesday. Vegas is sitting right behind the Kings in second with a two-point edge on the Ducks. Calgary is right between in third.

Rickard Rakell is emerging as a consistent point producer while Ryan Getzlaf continues to recover from a fractured cheekbone. Rakell has points in seven of his last eight games and totaled three goals and eight assists over that span. His eight goals and 18 points lead the Ducks.

“Ricky’s one of those players who we expect to deliver on a continuing basis,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “This isn’t something that’s abnormal for Ricky. He’s a goal scorer and he can score goals in this league. We just have to find a way to put him in more advantageous situations.”

Corey Perry has also perked up offensively, primarily as a facilitator. Known more for his goal scoring, Perry has seven assists over his last five games and his 12 in all pace the Ducks.

John Gibson (7-6-1, 2.78 GAA, .924 save percentage) will be back in net after being given Monday off in San Jose. Gibson is coming off a winning 50-save effort Sunday against Florida. He has faced 40 or more shots in his last two starts and four overall.

Ryan Miller was back on the ice with the Ducks for the first time since suffering a lower-body injury on Nov. 9 against Vancouver. Miller remains on injured reserve but can be activated at any time. Reto […]    

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