PreGame PostUP: Anaheim@Dallas

Posted: 10/25/2010 by bc in Uncategorized
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or should this be headlined Ducks seeing Stars? Dallas has no reported injuries.

Still about 6 games too soon to toss in a meaningful stat pack but it isn’t too early to look at Who’s Hot and Who’s Not.

Who’s Hot:

Dallas:  Kari Lehtonen 1-1-0, 1.01, .962 in last 2 GPI; James Neal 6 pts in last 5 games; Jamie Benn 3 pts in last 2 games; Tom Wanddell 2pts in last 2 gamesl; Stephane Robidas 2pts in 3 games.

Ducks: Ryan Getzlaf 11pts in last 6 games; Corey Perry 7pts in last 5 games; Bobby Ryan 5pts in 4 games; Teemu Selanne 6pts in last 5 games; Lubomir Visnovsky 3pts in 2 games.

Who’s Not:

Dallas: Brad Richards, Brendan Morrow and Mike Ribiero have no pts in 2 straight games; Louie Eriksson and Trevor Daley each have a point in 3 & 4 games respectively.

Anaheim: If you’re not hot, you’re cold. Ducks were counting on more from Saku Koivu,  Jason Blake, Matt Belesky and Paul Mara.

Storyline: The 5-2 Stars and the 3-5-1Ducks appear headed in different directions.

The bankrupt Stars, with over eight million in cap space seem to be following the Phoenix model to success. Our Ducks stand 25th overall in league standing and 15th in spending.

Stylistically:

Ducks and Stars are very similar teams. Both coaches preach a vertical North/South game and each won a Stanley Cup ring with a can’t miss team.

One scary stat worth noting, Dallas GFA/ES is an eye-popping 2.43. Our Ducks averaging 2.33 goals per game. Dallas has scored the first goal in each of its 5 wins.

The stakes just keep getting higher for a Ducks team that continues to dig a hole and drive itself out of playoff contention. Not even ten games into the season and Todd Marchant is already talking about the need for a run.

The thought that says it all for me though is this thought from Dan Woods:

“The chance to gain a split on a demanding four-game road trip and complete the season’s first 10 games with a 4-5-1 record might not seem like a whole lot, but given their daunting early season schedule, the Ducks could consider such a scenario a significant success.”

It doesn’t get any worse than calling a losing record a “significant success.”

Sorry no prediction. Predicting the future isn’t my forte. However, I’ll make room on this blog for a psychic if you know a good one.

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