Thursday, November 9th, 7:00 PM PST
Radio: AM 830, AnaheimDucks.com
The majority of us assumed that the Anaheim Ducks would not fare very well considering the length of their injury list at the start of the season. The bright side was that the likes of Hampus Lindholm, Sami Vatanen, and Ryan Miller would return before the end of November and that perhaps Ryan Kesler would also see a quick recovery before the end of the year. Well unfortunately, those injuries would only be the tip of the iceberg. Game after game, week after week, we kept seeing player after player go down with new injuries. Down went Ondrej Kase. Out is Patrick Eaves. Down went Cam Fowler. Down went Ryan Getzlaf. Down went Ondrej Kase again. And down went John Gibson. So instead we see the likes of players like Derek Grant and Dennis Rasmussen. And see goals from the likes of Derek Grant, Ondrej Kase, and even Jared Boll. I think even the hockey gods are confused by all this. But it is quite a wonder that the Ducks have managed to post a 6-6-3 record in 15 games. The Ducks have struggled, but you have to hand it to this random assortment of ever-changing lines for finding the back of the net more than a few times.
RC with a decent line on #NHLDucks: "There’s plan A and B and C and sometimes D and E. We’ve been at H and I with what’s gone on in our hockey club this year."— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) November 8, 2017
Your Tragic Heroes
Yes, I think we are all very very concerned. But the season goes on, and the Ducks currently stand in 6th place in the Pacific and are desperate for a win. While they have been able to win a point here and there in OT, they have not been able to win at home since coming back from the East. The hard part isn’t so much the lack of effort, but rather small things like lack of discipline. Take the last game against the Kings for example—the Ducks could not maintain their discipline allowing the Kings to capitalize on those penalties. Additionally, too many times has the Ducks defense given a player all the time in the world to approach the net and get a clear shot at the netminder. They stand there mesmerized by the approaching player. At least make it a little challenging. Let’s just begin with the small things.
Who’d have thought that the Vancouver Canucks would be surviving and semi-thriving a month into the season? NOT ME. They currently sit third in the Pacific and are coming off a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames. And one of the Sedins actually scored! They previously did manage to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins. Does this mean there will be a renaissance in Vancouver as a result of a newly appointed head coach? Let’s keep it real and make the post-season the goal for the divisional rival.
Return of the Miller
Randy Carlyle did something out of the ordinary by announcing the starting goaltender ahead of time.
RC actually confirmed that Miller would start against Canucks. Neither I, nor anyone else, passed out upon that revelation. Got a little light-headed, tho.— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) November 8, 2017
Ryan Miller has been absolutely spectacular in net thus far. His contract was hands down one of the best steals Anaheim has gotten for this season. The main worry the Canucks faced entering the season was the lack of goals. Although they haven’t struggled as much as we’d have liked in this arena, perhaps seeing Miller back in net will confuse them and cause them to skate the other way. I’m kidding, but the Ducks need all the help they can get.