#NHLDucks D Luca Sbisa (lower body) reported feeling good after going thru full practice and hopes to be available for Game 1 tomorrow.

Look for Ducks to split up Francois Beauchemin and Sheldon Souray. Fowler will play w/Beauchemin while Souray will be w/Lovejoy for Game 1.

BB wouldn’t get into it but there’s a feeling Fowler’s speed alongside Beauchemin could work better against Datsyuk and Zetterberg.

Analysis: Separating Souray/Beauchemin makes sense. Genuine concern about Souray matching up against DAZzle Line of Datsyuk-Abdelkader-Zetterburg. Souray is a fine hockey player but he lacks the quick feet necessary to move with the DAZzle Line.
Ice’ followup post confirms this analysis.

Given Dan Woods tweet the 3rd pairing will be two of Allen, Lydman, Sbisa and Vatanen. My preference is Allen-Vatanen.

@SlashSkater At this point, I’d guess Allen and Lydman, but that could change, especially if Sbisa were ready to go.

  1. czhokej says:

    Souray is slower D, and it would make sense to put Fowler against the speed skaters. Souray against Franzen, I would say. Most people underestimate Lydman this year, but he was our best D last season. And lately, he was playing very well. Fortunately, BB has enough agile bustling back-checking forwards, but our defensive system is not that great.
    When they needed it, the Wings won last 4 games of the regular season.

    • bc says:

      I agree with cz and Dan Woods that Lydman will get the nod. Vatanen has come so far this year though. Like Fowler and Cogliano he’s a guy who can break up ice on his own and rag the puck if necessary.

      Our D is an eclectic mix cz. A journeyman having a career who elevated himself into Norris conversation, a salvage yard UFA pickup, two kids who haven’t broken through, a spirited stay@homer prone to occasional (((DOH))) moments, a guy who responded to a Coach who believes in him and a guy at career junction where he needs to adjust his game a bit to remain effective day to day.

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