Ebene News – CA – Wild, Ducks open two-game series in Anaheim

Finally back on the ice, the Minnesota Wild can now work on keeping all parts of their game in sync when they visit the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday

The Wilds ended a two-week COVID-19 hiatus when they faced the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday and absorbed a 4-0 loss They watched slowly, as expected, then failed to capitalize late

Thursday’s game between the Wilds and the Ducks will be the first of consecutive games between the teams, with the second scheduled for Saturday

The Ducks continue to work on consistency issues, going 3-2-1 since early February They will enter Thursday’s home game following a 3-2 loss to San Jose on Monday

The Wilds are still trying to get players back in the fold Jonas Brodin, Ian Cole, Brad Hunt and goaltender Cam Talbot were all out as they remained in COVID-19 protocol Jared Spurgeon did not play on Tuesday due to ‘an injury to the upper body

Minnesota had Mats Zuccarello for the first time this season after undergoing arm surgery in the offseason, while defenseman Calen Addison made his NHL debut Matt Dumba also returned from an injury to the lower body More players could be back on Thursday

Missed Tuesday, the Wild even reunited the line of Joel Eriksson Ek, Marcus Foligno and Jordan Greenway in the third period but to no avail

“We didn’t see a lot of chemistry in the lines so we just came back to what we know and what worked,” said Wild head coach Dean Evason. “They kept the puck a few times and did what they did when they were together, and we had some cute looks with them”

The Ducks have traded wins and losses in the past six games and return home to where they are 1-2-1 in January 30 They have scored four goals in two of their last five games, having failed to hit that total in any of their first 11 games, but they haven’t won either of the two games.

The Ducks played a solid first and third period on Monday, but the difference was the Sharks’ two-goal second period San Jose had a 13-4 advantage on shots in the second period and a 29-28 advantage in the game

“We pushed back (in the second half) and everything, but in the end it just wasn’t enough,” said Sam Steel of the Ducks. “It’s just the little games, burying the puck We hit a few posts Or do a simple 10ft pass That’s what we need to get better It just comes down to a little bit of execution”

A Steel goal gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead with less than a minute to go Max Comtois added a third period goal Comtois leads the Ducks with seven goals and nine points

Anaheim left winger Sonny Milano has missed the last 12 games with an unspecified upper-body injury, but head coach Dallas Eakins has said “he’s getting closer” a return

Finally back on the ice, the Minnesota Wild can now work on keeping all parts of their game in sync when they visit the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday

The Wilds ended a two-week COVID-19 hiatus when they faced the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday and absorbed a 4-0 loss They watched slowly, as expected, then failed to capitalize late

Thursday’s game between the Wilds and the Ducks will be the first of consecutive games between the teams, with the second scheduled for Saturday

The Ducks continue to work on consistency issues, going 3-2-1 since early February They will enter Thursday’s home game following a 3-2 loss to San Jose on Monday

The Wilds are still trying to get players back in the fold Jonas Brodin, Ian Cole, Brad Hunt and goaltender Cam Talbot were all out as they remained in COVID-19 protocol Jared Spurgeon did not play on Tuesday due to ‘an injury to the upper body

Minnesota had Mats Zuccarello for the first time this season after undergoing arm surgery in the offseason, while defenseman Calen Addison made his NHL debut Matt Dumba also returned from an injury to the lower body More players could be back on Thursday

Missed Tuesday, the Wild even reunited the line of Joel Eriksson Ek, Marcus Foligno and Jordan Greenway in the third period but to no avail

“We didn’t see a lot of chemistry in the lines so we just came back to what we know and what worked,” said Wild head coach Dean Evason. “They kept the puck a few times and did what they did when they were together, and we had some cute looks with them”

The Ducks have traded wins and losses in the past six games and return home to where they are 1-2-1 in January 30 They have scored four goals in two of their last five games, having failed to hit that total in any of their first 11 games, but they haven’t won either of the two games.

The Ducks played a solid first and third period on Monday, but the difference was the Sharks’ two-goal second period San Jose had a 13-4 advantage on shots in the second period and a 29-28 advantage in the game

“We pushed back (in the second half) and everything, but in the end it just wasn’t enough,” said Sam Steel of the Ducks. “It’s just the little games, burying the puck We hit a few posts Or do a simple 10ft pass That’s what we need to get better It just comes down to a little bit of execution”

A Steel goal gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead with less than a minute to go Max Comtois added a third period goal Comtois leads the Ducks with seven goals and nine points

Anaheim left winger Sonny Milano has missed the last 12 games with an unspecified upper-body injury, but head coach Dallas Eakins has said “he’s getting closer” a return

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Ebene News – CA – Wild, Ducks open two-game series in Anaheim

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