Pregame: Nashville @ Anaheim

Posted: 02/27/2013 by bc in Uncategorized
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Ducks took the first two meetings by identical 3-2 scores that were decided by shootout. A look at the Predators record is to wonder. How does a team that scores at a rate of just 2.10 per game win at P% of .575 on a record of 9-6-5? If our Ducks peek over the shoulder they’ll find these Preds are 4th overall in the Western Conference.

Everything starts between the pipes for Nashville where Pekka Rinne rules his crease with a scintillating 1.90 GAA, .926 SP, 3 shutouts and oh BTW he also assisted on a goal this season.

All the prognosticators said the Predators wouldn’t survive the loss of Ryan Suter who signed as a UFA with Minnesota last summer. The same prognosticators were unfamiliar with Roman Jossi. The 22-year-old native of Bern, Switzerland has 3 goals and 4 assists while establishing himself alongside Shea Weber.

The good news for Ryan Getzlaf and Ducks fans is match-up center Paul Gaustad is listed as questionable and match-up D-man Hal Gill is listed as doubtful.

Ducks are coming off a disappointing loss to Battle of Cali Los Angeles Kings. Meanwhile, Nashville enjoyed an unusual  offensive explosion defeating Dallas 5-4 in OT Monday night.

This tilt opens the first of a three game road swing through California. Nashville has this swing tickled on the calendar as must win games if they hope to make playoffs.

As always, hockey games are won and lost by controlling the gaps and exploiting the seams. Look for both of these D-first squads to take away time and space from their opponent.

Note: Ducks sent center Peter Holland to Norfolk and called up Emerson Etem. This might cause Bobby Ryan to move back to center on the second line.

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Comments
  1. czhokej says:

    Are we going to bounce back, forget about Monday and play our strong game? Are we going to skate and move and control the puck, or are we just going to chase the other team?

    • bc says:

      5-1 Ducks after two. I can’t stay awake though. Too much work in front of me.

    • bbdux93 says:

      Chasing was not necessary. This was a team too tired to play a good game. Starting with Rinne, they were not the team who are always so tough to play against. I haven’t looked at our schedule, but if we play them again this season we can’t expect they will again be so easy to score against.

  2. czhokej says:

    It was one of our best games. Speed, puck control, puck support, discipline, hard work, positioning, everything was there. Sbisa played well, Etem shows improvement, and our top line provided most of the scoring. But… only Palmieri! It’s good that Palmieri can find open shooting positions, and it’s great that Getzlaf and Perry can find him with their passes. What was not so good, that neither Perry nor Getzlaf couldn’t find those prime scoring areas themselves, or they did not go there enough. It looked like that our two top scorers needed somebody to shoot the puck (and score). I know I am repeating myself to the point of being boring and redundant. And I know that the Twins scored three against Colorado, but expectations are much higher for them. Bobby Ryan needs to show more (he plays better as a winger) and that means we still do not have a good center for the second line. And Teemu – the age is there and that’s a good excuse (as bb pointed out some bad passes). Maroon had another good game and he should play more.
    Fasth bounced back, which is wonderful.

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