Season Series Record, Ducks v. Coyotes: 1-0-2
KNOW THY ENEMY:
Record (Points): 20-18-9= 49 points
Place in Pacific Division: 4th
Place in Western Conference: 10th with no hope of swiping a playoff spot
Numbers for Nerds: The Pacific Division is the only division in the league where every team has a winning record against teams in the division. Weird, right?
There isn't a lot going on for the Ducks right now. The Division and the two seed are firmly locked up which makes this game about as pointless as a Glenn Beck conspiracy theory. The Ducks will spend the afternoon scoreboard watching and trying to figure out if they'll be playing game three in Detroit, Minnesota, or Lumbus. Personally, I hope it's Detroit. Nothing would make me happier than to get one more go at one of the most undervalued rivalries of the last decade.
In the meantime, the Ducks are calling up everyone and their mother just in time for Mother's day.
Ducks call up eight: Mat Clark, Max Friberg, John Gibson, Nate Guenin, Jordan Hendry, Peter Holland, Hampus Lindholm, Harry Zolnierczyk.— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) April 27, 2013
It's a bunch of kids who will get a chance to practice with the club and get a feeling for the NHL playoff experience. It certainly can't hurt to have the extra bodies around. Sbisa will still be out with this lower body injury, but Bobby and Getzlaf will be back. Fasth will draw the start, because what we really need is to have a minor goalie controversy right before the playoffs. Etem, Staubitz and Beleskey will all be watching from the press box with the call ups. Maybe they should just buy a suite.
It may be a pointless game, but look to Bruce to crack the whip so that the Ducks don't carry any bad habits into the playoffs. There's still a question as to whether this team is the one that dominated for the first 25 games or the one that saw two separate four game losing streaks in it's past 20. The Ducks have won three in a row and you have to think they'll want to play a good game going into the post season.