GameDay: Anaheim @ Colorado

Posted: 03/12/2012 by bc in Uncategorized

Trending: The lame stream media is spinning the playoff race as though our Ducks have hope. Point and click anywhere and you’ll find reality twisted into the understated Anaheim might be fighting for its season Monday night; or given to the pretentiously authoritative arrogance of Anaheim Calling – We’re Not Dead Yet; maybe the most telling statement on our Ducks season is that aside from publishing Eric Stephens tweets, the Bleacher Report Ducks page hasn’t even been updated in two weeks.

The Skinny: Interesting to note that both the Avs and our Ducks have each lost 30 games thus far. The difference that has the Avs competing for the final two play0ff seeds is that the Avs have won seven more games while our Ducks have six more OT losses. The Avs have met and overcome adversity to remain in the playoff hunt.

Injury Report:  Corey Perry and Nick Bonino are listed as questionable. The Avs are without Matt Duchene and Chuck Kobesaw is listed as questionable. The Avs have battled injuries all season. They’re second in the NHL with 385 man games lost to injury. Our Ducks are 20th with 166 games man games lost but that doesn’t include half-hearted efforts.

Match-Up Watch: Avs will send big D-men Erik Johnson and Janne Hejda over the boards whenever Ryan Getzlaf steps out onto the ice. Look for the Ducks captain to setup on the mid-boards and as the third man high to avoid the pressure.
The Avs are much better on face offs winning 52.1% compared to our Ducks face off efficiency of 47.4%. Of greater concern should be the Avs speed and explosiveness in going on the attack once they’ve taken possession of the puck.

Milestones: Saku Koivu is expected to play in his 1000th game tonight. Talk about overcoming adversity, Saku was challenged by that pesky cancer bug a few years back. A far lesser note is this marks my 500th post here at BackCheck’s Blog. A huge thanks to each of you who share in the the passion. It’s days like this one that help put a frustratingly disappointing season in perspective. Way2be Saku Koivu!!!

  1. tearingitup says:

    For years before the cup run and win, we were strong play off contenders. I do not remember many years when not making it through was a thought at this time of the season. I hate looking back, but I remember the days when other clubs disliked playing against us. Everyone….CZ is right that the GM has not done enough. I do not see the talent coming up the pike….sign me out as a concerned fan

  2. This was one great hockey game. The media guys were calling it boring but I guess they just didn’t get it. These Avs are just so fast that Cogliano and Fowler looked average out there. The Ducks could only keep the play along the boards and cycle. Our Ducks did exactly that. It was a game that could have gone either way and as with most things this year it went against our guys.

    Saku Koivu played in his 1000th game. Teemu Selanne’s PP goal moved him past fellow Finn Jarri Kurri into sole possession of 19th on the NHL All Time scoring list. Class act Kurri released what must be a prepared statement but he didn’t have to say, “Congratulations to a great player, a great friend and an even better person.” Ryan Getzlaf played in his 500th NHL game as well. This blog achieved a personal milestone with my 500th post and 2000th tweet.

  3. yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

    This is the type of intensity and passion that we the fans deserve every night. It amazes me how this group can turn it on and off…like a flick of a switch. Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports analyst pointed out what a solid game the Ducks have played…if only they played with this intensity all season, they would be a dangerous team (paraphrased), LOL!

    Great game by Teemu and Bobby.

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