Posts Tagged ‘Dave Tippett’

Tonight’s game is like the last day at work or school before vacation or spring break. All you want to do is get past it.

Even Coach set practice to optional.

For us fans it’s a good game to bring out our measuring sticks. Our Ducks are about to meet their toughest challenge of the season. Themselves. Tonight our Ducks will fight the temptation to watch the scoreboard. They also must motivate themselves to play in a meaningless game.

Even the Ducks Official website is calling this game a “playoff tune-up.” If I’m Coyotes coach Dave Tippett that’s on the white board. Along with a chat about how the Ducks and the City of Anaheim have no respect for these Phoenix Coyotes.

In a game like this though the ‘Yotes really aren’t the challenge. We are the challenge. Can we raise our intensity, compete and play the disciplined brand hockey that earned our Ducks a 30-11-6 season record?

The ‘Yotes are playing their third game in four nights and second of back to back games. Even casual fans know that’s a rough road.

The only key to this game is will.

Note: I don’t care who will become our first round playoff opponent. Each of Detroit, Columbus and Minnesota present a unique challenge. Right now Minnesota looks to be the easy out. That could change by the time the puck drops next week.

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The Phoenix Coyotes are saying all the right things to promote their underdog status in this three-fer.
“They’ve played very well this year and they’re at the top of our division and we’re trying to scratch and claw and get up there,” Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said.
Steve Sullivan who scored the tying goal to send the game to OT and the winner in the SO noted, “They’re not going to be in a back-to-back the next couple of days, so we wanted to make sure we got some points.”

Phoenix accomplished what it needed to do in Game 1. They took two points from a team fatigued.

Dating back to February 9, our Ducks are 6-0-0 when playing after a day of rest.

This tilt sets up as statement game for Ducks and something of a Cinderella moment for the Coyotes. The mood in the Anaheim dressing room following Saturday’s game was definitely that we had let a point slip away. That’s not a good feeling for a team to have though it can be a good motivator.

In the first game the Ref’s left their whistles in their pockets. Look for Phoenix to test that early as they execute some extra-curricular activity upon our guys.  This one should be a bit rougher because second games of back to backs usually are more physical. Secondly, the ‘Yotes know they don’t match-up against this year’s Ducks. They will have to test our Ducks mettle. Attempt to get our guys off their game.

In every game I ever played you could always count on the opposition would usually get chippy at certain points in the game. Sometimes that was their game. They were just a chippy team. Others were better organized and executed chippy and cheap tactically and strategically. These Coyotes are the latter. Among my standard comebacks to trash talk and invitations to dance was to glance up at the scoreboard and smile. While it does happen, there’s just no good reason to let your emotions get the best of you during a game.

In a nutshell our Ducks should be all about business tonight. Establish our game in all three zones and take the play to them.

Notes: Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata are listed as IR at the time of this is published. Kyle Palmieri is doubtful to go for our Ducks. Some outlets are reporting differently, look for Jonas Hiller to get the start tonight.