@ Anaheim Ducks
Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011, 7:00 PM PST
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Unlike in previous seasons, this year the Ducks decided that they’d keep everyone off the emotional rollercoaster. Thanks,
The questions remains how long this group will hang out at the bottom of the NHL. Will they find the value in setting up camp to snag an awesome first round pick? Or will they push forward in an attempt to grab that 8th spot in the West? If they fall short of a playoff birth, will the sacrifice of losing an opportunity to pick high in the first round of the draft be worth it? Will they find themselves looking to ship off valuable talent to save face? Will "fire" be the word of the season for this team?
Unfortunately, there is no turning back now.
After a few days of rest from action, the Ducks are back at it again against the Phoenix Coyotes. If you recall I recently went on a road trip that included a visit to the chilly Jobing.com Arena where the Ducks were…well, they were there, but they didn’t play any hockey. This time I’m doing minimal driving (none, actually) and I’ve got my fingers loosely crossed in hopes for an actual hockey game.
With a new coach behind the bench, a few new fellas and some much needed talent on the verge of returning to the lineup (Ed. Note: Saku Koivu is still out (single tear)], the Ducks are somewhat of a different team. Sure, they’re looking a bit more confident out there, and much less defeated after EVERY loss…but there is still a long way to go.
Here’s the thing
- I’d go with Dan Ellis tonight. Now, before I get yelled at for having a grudge on Jonas Hiller, I’ll just go ahead and say, I liked what I saw from Ellis against
- Goals…from everyone. I know, that request is a bit overwhelming. It would be nice to see a lot of this
- Some shots on goal. When Bruce Boudreau came aboard the first thing I noticed about the Ducks was their sudden desire to shoot the puck more. Not everything was necessarily getting through to the net, and they’re still struggling with shot selection, but I’d rather see them shooting at everything in sight rather than revert back to their endless shifts that saw them doing more cycling than an intense spin class.
- Lubo! If Lubomir Visnovsky is healthy and able to return to action this evening - that might just be the best Christmas gift yet! The Ducks could use some reinforcement in the lineup. If it means a healthy and amped up Lubo, that would be great news for the
- As for one final key - the building. This might be the hardest thing to accomplish. It must be dreadful for these guys to come out to a dead barn and skate around in complete silence. In