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Preview: Winnipeg Jets vs. Dumb Ducks of Anaheim: D2

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The Jets let the Ducks fly south with an extra point in a hate-filled game less than a week ago. Will a new face in goal make a difference? Can the Jets take fewer penalties? And why isn't Ilya Bryzgalov starting in goal for the Ducks?

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After having given up a two goal lead and losing in the shootout, the Winnipeg Jets return home to take on the Anaheim Ducks for the second time in six days.

The last meeting was a physical contest, and it is likely that spills over into the game today.

Keys to the Game

Winnipeg Jets

(1) Evander Kane is going to be targeted. The Ducks threw him so far off his game last time, he ended up getting tossed at the end of the second period (and suspended two more games). Kane will need to keep his composure.

(2) The Winnipeg Jets cannot maintain their penalty box parade. The Jets gave up two power play goals in their last meeting with the Ducks. This cannot continue if they want to be a playoff team.

(3) Michael Hutchinson has been playing pretty good hockey lately. He'll need to be that good against the top team in the league.

Anaheim Ducks

(1) It'd be easy to say score early, but scoring on Michael Hutchinson has been a problem for everyone, so the Ducks will have to make his life as miserable as possible with extra traffic around him.

(2) Aggressive, physical play rewarded the Ducks with plenty of power play opportunities and a period without Evander Kane. Expect a lot of post-whistle pleasantries between teams, as the Ducks look to draw the Jets into taking more trips to the sin bin.

(3) On that note, the Ducks will want to stay out of the box themselves, having given up two power play goals of their own during the last match up.

Player to Boo Mercilessly

Still Ryan Getzlaf.

Prediction

Jets win 4-2 this time.