The Ducks practiced Tuesday morning, prior to getting on a plane for Colorado. Once again absent from the ice was Cam Fowler. The defenseman sustained a violent face-first smack into the dasher Saturday night against the Kings. Many thought Jarret Stoll would be suspended for the hit. Director of Player Safety, Brendan Shanahan thought differently.
Interpret his explanation however you want.
Bruce Boudreau said Cam's absence on the plane to Colorado doesn't necessarily mean he won't be joining the team on their entire six game, 12 day road trip. Gotta love vague 'coach speak'.
A new-ish face joining the the Ducks on the trip is 2012 first round pick, Hampus Lindholm. While playing in Norfolk, Lindholm sustained an unconfirmed concussion. He healed enough to go to World Juniors for Sweden. In a tune-up prior to the start of the tournament, Lindholm sustained another concussion and has been out since.
Until earlier this week, Lindholm had been practicing with the Ducks in a red 'no-contact' jersey reserved for injured players. He donned a regular practice uniform prior to leaving for Colorado with his Duck teammates. We might see our top pick on the ice before the trip is said and done.
Another note from yesterday, Devante Smith-Pelly has been reassigned to Norfolk. Personal observation, I think he still looks out of shape. His play in Norfolk was less than stellar and he had maybe two games in Anaheim I can remember as being positive. Hopefully the send down is the same kind of wake-up call like Emerson Etem had after camp. He had to turn heads in The A to get the call up. And now that he's here, he's busting his ass like crazy to stay with the big club.
From the morning skate this morning, Eric Stephens tweeted who is likely to be in net tonight for the Ducks. Can't say it's safe to assume Jonas Hiller will start Friday in Dallas. He just might be getting 'Kaepernick'ed' and I'm not talking about the touchdown celebration.
Finally, without further ado, an interview with David Driscoll-Carignan, Managing Editor at Mile High Hockey, your SBNation Community for fans of Yetis and the Colorado Avalanche:
JN: Why should we be afraid of the Avalanche? Is the corpse of Peter Forsberg still playing? We're not too good against zombies.
David Driscoll-Carignan: Um, Forsberg last played with some sort of motor in his pants to help him move his legs so I think it's plain to see that he's a cyborg and not a zombie. Let's make sure we have that straight.
The guys to watch would be Matt Duchene, who is rebounding nicely from a tough year last year, and his new linemate P.A. Parenteau who is looking like a great pickup for the Avs. Also, be sure to check out Greg Zanon, not because he's playing well (he isn't) but because his beard is GLORIOUS. (see above)
JN: How do you feel about Teemu Selanne? Do you hold a grudge because of the failure that was the Selanne/Kariya Wonder Twin Reunion experiment of yesteryear?
DDC: Hold a grudge because those guys were going to give the Avs one last Cup, but instead they each had pretty much their worst season as a pro? Or perhaps because the Avalanche have won just one playoff series since the signing? Or maybe it's just the knowledge that the current management wouldn't be caught dead spending money on free agents like that? Uh, no, no grudge at all.
Seriously, I've always like both players and I think most people understand that injuries and bad luck are what sunk that experiment and not the two players. It sucks that it didn't work out though, because it could have been glorious. Oh, and Joe Sakic has credited Kariya with teaching him some conditioning secrets, so it's possible that the signing did end up extending the career of Super Joe, so there is that.
JN: Pretty much all Ducks fans hate the Red Wings with a passion. Considering the past the Avs and Red Wings share, as fans, do we have this one common bond or has the Avalanche fanbase moved on to a new sworn enemy?
DDC: No worries there. Avalanche fans still hate the Red Wings and probably always will. Sadly, it doesn't seem like the players for either team really care too much about the rivalry anymore, probably because none of them were around for the nasty stuff.
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