@ Minnesota Wild
Friday, Dec 4, 2009, 5:00 PM PST
Xcel Energy Center
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As he did for most of the game last night, Carlyle will have to account for the absence of Selanne. Last we heard, Chipchura was still slated to join the Ducks at home against Ottawa, so we shouldn't expect to see him in St. Paul tonight. Dan Sexton, however, was playing with Manitoba in Peoria, and may be able to make puck drop.
I broke down Dan Sexton after McNab signed him, but I also reviewed his performance against the Reign on Halloween, where he shook off a couple of ECHL pasting checks. For those unwilling to read my lengthy breakdown: Sexton is a small all-purpose forward who is creative on offense and responsible on defense. However, as he hasn't gotten the chance to fully develop his special teams play at the AHL level and has only recently developed his fleetness of foot, he will probably see limited playing time tonight. It is also worth noting, as Carlyle loves chemistry, that Big Sexy logged almost 20 games on a successful ECHL line with MacGregor Sharp.
I take full responsibility for the loss last game, as I benched both Turco and Richards on my fantasy team. I will redeem myself tonight by starting Ryan against my opponent, who is starting Backstrom. Holy vengeance be mine.
Not sure if the stream will work for tonight's game. I might Slingbox it. Post any lineup updates and info in the comments.
F all of our L's!
-The new gameday signoff courtesy of Floyd Gondoll. Consider it the 'break a leg' version of 'Go Ducks!' except for the fact that, as Ducks fans, we fully expect to see someone break a leg or get crosschecked in the face by Gary Suter while Dave Karpa sits on the bench eating a ham sandwich.