Ducks 3 Avs 0 and the Playoff Implications

Posted: 02/05/2011 by bc in Uncategorized

Our Ducks played their smartest hockey of the year in Colorado today. First it was the feet. Our guys skated for 60 minutes. Second was their positioning. Yes the Avs had a 2 man breakaway. Yes there were a couple odd man rushes. For the most part each of our Ducks kept the play in front of them and maintained inside position from buzzer to buzzer and whistle to whistle. The fact our guys played such smart hockey against one of the fastest teams in the NHL says a lot.

Corey Perry continues to get rewarded for all of his hard work. Today he registered the first natural hat trick of his career. Natural hat tricks don’t  happen often. Pears scored his 26th, 27th and 28th goals of the season. The outburst moved Pears up the scoring charts into a tie with Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin for fourth place in the NHL.

Speaking of tough to match Hat Tricks, the Max Lapierre Hat Trick, 2 diving penalties and a goal may never be matched or broken. Lappy created his own hat trick in Game 6 of the 2010 playoff series against the Washington Capitals. You can check it out at http://sbn.to/dyIda8

Curtis McElhinney was brilliant. His skate save on Adam Foote should make the plays of the week.

Visnovsky with 25:51 TOI, Lydman 23:49 and Fowler 23:22 continued to be our workhorses on the blue line. Perry was out there for 23:08 minutes. Other notables include Andreas Lilja and Todd Marchant for their stellar work on the PK. Kyle Chipchura was effective during his five minutes on the ice.

The Playoff Watch

Pacific

Team GP W L OT PTS GF GA Home Away Last 10 Streak
Dallas 53 30 18 5 65 152 150 16-7-4 14-11-1 5-5-0 Lost 3
San Jose 53 28 19 6 62 150 144 13-10-3 15-9-3 7-2-1 Won 3
Anaheim 54 29 21 4 62 146 150 17-8-1 12-13-3 7-3-0 Won 1
Phoenix 54 26 19 9 61 153 156 11-10-5 15-9-4 4-6-0 Won 1
Los Angeles 53 29 22 2 60 150 129 17-9-1 12-13-1 6-3-1 Won 2

As you can see, even the Pacific Division race is tightening. A mere five points separate the first, Dallas Stars from the worst, L.A. Kings. Dallas has now lost 3 straight.

Even if the Stars win their GIH our Ducks would trail them by five points. The Ducks and Stars face off 3 more times. Beating any NHL team 3 consecutive games in regulation time is a tall order. It does show though that our Ducks fate remains in their own hands.

The Conference is just as wild:

Western
Rank Team GP W L OT PTS GF GA Home Away Last 10 Streak
4 Nashville 53 28 18 7 63 141 125 12-4-6 16-14-1 5-4-1 Won 1
5 San Jose 53 28 19 6 62 150 144 13-10-3 15-9-3 7-2-1 Won 3
6 Anaheim 54 29 21 4 62 146 150 17-8-1 12-13-3 7-3-0 Won 1
7 Phoenix 54 26 19 9 61 153 156 11-10-5 15-9-4 4-6-0 Won 1
8 Los Angeles 53 29 22 2 60 150 129 17-9-1 12-13-1 6-3-1 Won 2

9 Minnesota 52 27 20 5 59 135 138 12-11-2 15-9-3 6-4-0 Lost 1
10 Calgary 54 26 21 7 59 154 160 14-9-2 12-12-5 7-1-2
11 Chicago 52 27 21 4 58 167 147 16-13-0 11-8-4 6-3-1 Lost 1
12 Colorado 52 25 21 6 56 164 172 14-13-3 11-8-3 4-6-0 Lost 3
13 Columbus 52 25 22 5 55 141 162 13-12-1 12-10-4 5-3-2 Won 2
14 St. Louis 50 23 20 7 53 135 149 16-8-3 7-12-4 3-6-1 Won 1

Ten points separate the 4th place Nashville Predators from the 14th place St. Louis Blues but the Blues hold 3 GIH.

Any kind of 5-6 game streak can make or break a team down the stretch.

Standings came courtesy of tsn.ca http://bit.ly/f8pw2m I don’t why the Conference Standings didn’t paste properly.

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Comments
  1. czhokej says:

    At the end, 1 point may make a big difference.

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