Open Gameday Thread: Phoenix Coyotes @ Anaheim Ducks

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Phoenix Coyotes
@ Anaheim Ducks

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012, 7:00 PM PST
Honda Center

TV: PRIME TICKET, NHLN-CA

Radio: AM 830 KLAA

Your Enemy: Five For Howling

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The Ducks are on a 5-0-1 run, but, I, for one, am definitely not getting excited about it. I have many reasons that point to this, the Magumbo (or whatever you all call it) and October are two brilliant examples.

First off, I'm definitely not going to go on a tangent of all the wonderful things that Anaheim has been up to recently, I'll leave that to you in the comments. I'm also not about to get my hopes up on a win streak when we've seen the Ducks fall to their own disgusting habits before.

I still watch every game with a bit of hesitation, especially when it seems the Ducks are weakened with just a few moments of pressure from the opposition. I'll admit, when the other team scores my head drops and my expectations for a full recovery are diminished greatly. I still have the visions of November's Ducks dancing in my head.

Have there been positives to draw upon? Oh, yes, definitely. But I can't bring myself to talk about them. Are the players, lines and defensemen awakening and taking ownership of their roles and expectations? Again, possibly, but I won't talk about those individuals here.

Prepare for the worst, expect the bad, be shocked as all hell when it isn't awful.

So, instead, lets glorify how great the Phoenix Coyotes have been thus far. Already 2-1 against Anaheim this season, overall their record is practically the opposite of what the Ducks are boasting with 49 points (21-18-7). They're battling it out in the Pacific Division like champs, not far behind San Jose and Los Angeles, and only 1 point behind Dallas. They're 11th in the Western Conference, but that's only 2 points out of 8th. Mike Smith (who?) has done wonders for them in net. Most importantly, they're struggling this month and hungry to pick up a win.

Here's an obvious coaching tip, don't get so comfortable Anaheim...you're going to have to battle hard for the rest of the season.

Now that we've seen you win, there are no excuses.

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