This could be the most difficult game preview I've ever had to write. What do you say about this game? The Ducks have been bad a majority of the first half, and are lucky that Columbus has been even worse. It's the polar opposite of the Superbowl - the Suckybowl.
The Ducks should annihilate Columbus tonight, but I have a feeling they won't. It's not because they aren't a marginally better team. It's because the Ducks don't know how to play to the level of teams worse than they are. It's easy for the team to get motivated for a challenge like San Jose or Philadelphia, but how do you get psyched to play a bottom dweller? In these games, the Ducks relax and it's the worst possible thing they could do.
There is one bright spot, though. Jason Blake is back! It's apparent that the Ducks can only survive one game without having him in the lineup before getting spanked like they did on Wednesday. I still don't get it, but whatever. At least we're not Columbus.