PreGame PostUp: Colorado @ Anaheim

Posted: 03/28/2011 by bc in Uncategorized

The Challenge: How often has it been written that our Ducks play up or down to the level of the competition? For the Avs, it is the last chance to beat the Ducks this season. One can’t underestimate the respective challenge facing each squad. In terms of motivation, rising to the occasion I like the Avs challenge. For them, it’s the game. For our Ducks, it’s another game. This game has trap written all over it.The Stakes: Win and our Ducks move 4 pts and a GIH over 9th place Calgary; 5 pts ahead of Dallas who would have 2 GIH on our Ducks. With just 5 and 8 games remaining respectively, the Flames and Stars margin for error is virtually zero. Note, I’ve tried to calculate an unqualified magic number versus each team but the freakin’ loser point has put the task above my pay grade.  Just how absurd is the loser point now? Sheesh!

Injuries: Injury reports are ambiguous at best in the NHL. Down the stretch, injuries are denied by teams in the playoff race. When Girls Love Hockey bloggers Suz Broughton and Jenelyn Russo are both in the barn tonight. Our Ducks are 4-1 this season when the ‘Girls’ are present. Kind of a shame that warrior Adam Foote is unlikely to play in what is probably his final visit to the Honda Center as a player. D-man Ryan Wilson and forward Mark Olver are listed as day to day.

Keys to the Game: Randy Carlyle pits his unique brand of lunch bucket hockey against Joe Sacco’s run and gun Avs. Win the physical battles, break up that first pass and clogging the neutral zone should lead to a Ducks victory. Let the Avs wheel, trade chances and play a wide open game that raises Randy’s blood pressure is always fun to watch but significantly reduces our chances for victory.

Carpe diem Ducks!

 

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Comments
  1. czhokej says:

    As you said it in the last paragraph – it was exactly that – open game, fun to watch.
    We simply have more power and more skills. But somehow with some glorious mistakes, we made it close.
    They praise Getz in OC Register, and he deserves some applause, but he still makes a lot of mistakes (Colorado’s second goal for example).

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