With Friday's loss to the Los Angeles Kings, our Ducks all but eliminated themselves from post-season play. In a game that seemed to be a microcosm of their season, the Ducks came out listless. The Kings jumped to an early 3-0 lead as we heard the collective remote of the Ducks fanbase changing the channel. We were all ready to turn the page, but just like the 2011-2012 Ducks have done so many times this season, they climbed back in with thrilling reclaim, only to be shut out once again.
In tonight's action, Ryan Getzlaf and co. take on the Nashville Predators; these same Predators who the Ducks were preparing to take on in the first round of the NHL playoffs almost a year ago. The Preds lead the Ducks 3-0 in the season series thus far, outscoring them 10-4. Tonight's matchup concludes the regular season set in what looks to be a feisty affair for one of the NHL's raw and uncompromising new rivalries.
With 10 games left on the schedule, all we can do now is simply enjoy the Ducks. Who knows what next season holds? For the first time since 2003, the team might be Selanne-free. This could be the last stretch we see RPG together. Maybe even the eternal Jason Blake and his bloated $4 million contract will ride into the sunset. We should all be so lucky.
For the Predators, Eric Stephens has reported goaltender Anders Lindback will be in net tonight in place of Pekka Rinne, while centre Paul Gaustad will miss tonight's game with an upper body injury. Forward Colin Wilson looks to be a healthy scratch for the second straight game.
Enjoy the game folks. And watch out for those Nashville fans that tend to migrate to AC with their ample dislike for #10. Go Ducks Go!
[Ed. Note: Play nice with our Predator visitors. I will be at the game, but my hammer of justice has a long reach.]