Since we’ve just celebrated the Hallmark holiday that is Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be good to spread some love without buying chocolates to fatten your ass or flowers that will die before the puck drops in Detroit tonight.
After all, I’m really loving this Ducks team right now, and they deserve my appreciation. Even if it comes in the form of a hockey blog that they’ll never see. It’s the thought that counts, dammit!
So, for today’s therapy session, put on your favorite Barry White album, cuddle up next to the warm fire, pop open a bottle of your favorite booze, and reminisce on how much you love your hockey team.
Our love for…
Viktor Fasth. He is 6-0-0 to start in his NHL career and his awesome 1.74GAA, .933SV% is enough to warm any crease.
Ryan Getzlaf. Leading the team in both shots on goal (31) AND faceoff win percentage (53.4%). Makes you feel slappy, doesn’t it?
Teemu Selanne. Leading the Ducks in scoring (4-10=14).
Nick Bonino. For hatties and shootout glory.
The Kings. They’re 12th in the West.
Bruce Boudreau. Not sure if it’s those pudgy cupid-like cheeks or his coaching the Ducks to a 9-2-1 record that makes me love him more.
Saku Koivu. Tied for first in the NHL with a plus-11. His teammates Francois Beauchemin and Sheldon Souray are a plus-10 and forward Daniel Winnik is a plus-9.
Matt Beleskey. Despite his TOI average of 11:25 and his constant shuffle throughout the line-up, he’s leading the team with 34 hits.
Not being Matt Cooke or Erik Karlsson.
Need your shot blocked? Call on Francois Beauchemin and Toni Lydman. They’re tied with 24 each.
Special teams. Somehow, even though it’s the ugliest thing in the NHL, the Ducks power play is 7th, 23.1%. I can’t imagine how ugly everyone else’s PP must look! Their penalty killing, on the other hand, is an awful 69.6%, 29th in the league. Doesn’t seem right, does it?
Corey Perry. Despite his only having one goal credited to his name (he’s scored twice in the shootout now), his team is fifth in the league in goals scored with 39.
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Andrew Cogliano. For not giving up, despite the time on the clock and the lack of a helmet on his head.
Jonas Hiller and Cam Fowler. To making a full and speedy recovery.