GameDay: Anaheim @ Minnesota

Posted: 02/14/2012 by bc in Uncategorized

The Stakes: 13th place Ducks must close the gap against 12th Wild who lead Anaheim by 5 points. A regulation time loss and Bob Murray’s Trade Meter slaps hard to Sell. A win and the guys can stow those extra travel bags with the Bell Cap.
The Skinny: Hard to believe that just 63 days ago the Wild were first overall in the NHL standings. For our Ducks there is a bit of people are more interesting on their way down, no? In any event these are two teams struggling to find some consistency. Nobody is either as always as good as they are on their best day or always as bad they are their worst day. Both teams are obviously capable of getting hot. Sustained success has been elusive for each.Keys to the Game: Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom is 6-2-0 with a 1.95 goals-against average in eight career home starts against the Ducks. He’s stoned us at  Xcel Energy Center. The Wild have the NHL’s 9th best defense and 29th worst offense. Ducks chances are excellent if they score 3 goals and keep the line of  Mikko Koivu, Dany Heatly and Devon Setgouchi off the score sheet. With antagonist Cal Clutterbuck  likely out, our guys won’t have their heads on a swivel watching their backs.
Expect a tight checking playoff style game. It could be decided by special teams. Ducks PP and Wild PK are each ranked 13th best. With Minnesota averaging 11.9 PIMS per game, Ducks should get their chances.
“I think our biggest challenge is to come out in the first period and surprise them, play the way we’ve been playing — maybe 10 percent better than that,” Boudreau said. “If we can come out and meet their push early, get the lead on them and frustrate them, I think it will be to our advantage.” Reprinted from Ducks Blog. The quote is probably inaccurate. By my count Adam Brady censored out 10 F-bombs. For example Gabby might have said it thusly, “If we can effen come out and meet their effen push early, get the effen lead on them and effen frustrate them, I think it will be to our effen advantage.”
Notes: Wild have acquired former Duck Erik Christensen to hopefully spark the anemic offense. Marco Scandella who caught my eye with an impressive game against our Ducks back in October has been recalled from the Houston Aeros.

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Comments
  1. czhokej says:

    We are down 0-1 after the first.

  2. czhokej says:

    Hagman just scored. We are the better team so far (I hope to be able to say it at the end of the game.

  3. czhokej says:

    Decent game, 2 points. Hiller was again very good (can he endure this heavy workload for the rest of the season). Perry started to play his game, he is not waiting for Getz anymore. Hagman is getting better every game. Our FO problems continue (Getz 29% last night, Bonino was even worse). Without good FO %, we won’t be able to have good PP and beat the best teams.

    P.S.: I do not miss Randy C.

  4. bbdux93 says:

    I didn’t see the game – glad we got two points. Like you CZ, I too do not miss RC. 🙂

  5. yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

    This was a good team effort, just about everyone had a shot on goal. Getz appears to be onboard. I wish someone would step-up and give us that leadership presence we need. The only other concern I have is the low minutes Teemu played, is he nursing an injury? Hiller was amazing the last 40 seconds.

    Tonight’s game may be ugly as we typically don’t perform well on back to back nights against poor teams. Good luck tonight!

    • Good eye on Teemu. OCR beat writer Eric Stephens reported,

      “It was just my call,” Boudreau said, talking before tonight’s game against Pittsburgh. ”Every now and again, it just looked like it wasn’t his night. And I talked to him about it after the game.

      Curious about your thoughts on Gabby using Getz in a checking role, matching up strength for strength.

      • yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

        I feel Gabby is doing whatever it takes to motivate this guy and/or trying to find the best fit as he continues to avoid the front of the net and shooting the puck. Perhaps the checking role/line is the best fit for a guy of his size and strength that continues to avoid crashing the net or shooting the puck…A highly paid checking role/line player!

        This is a team sport and moving anyone to another position is OK by me as long as it benefits the team

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