Friday, March 3rd, 2017 7:00 PM PST
Radio: AM 830, AnaheimDucks.com
Your Enemy: Pension Plan Puppets
Welcome back team.
It has been a long week that saw the Ducks drop down to third in the Pacific and sit just two points above Calgary. It saw a lot of moves at the deadline and ultimately it lead to an already uptight and anxious fan-base to collectively lose our minds. But it’s OK. Honestly. Just read CJ’s awesome piece here if you haven't. Because although we may all have lofty expectations for this team; and yes Carlyle and by proxy Murray are the main source of our angst and frustration, lets not forget that a lot of beat writers, pundits, and commentators all wrote off this team before this season even began. Look where we are now. Still in it.
I don’t disagree that if something doesn’t go right this post-season that there needs to be change and ultimatums made. But for now lets just take the rest of this season as it comes, in the words of the great and lovable Ilya Bryzgalov:
“Why you hef to be mad?”
Right, where was I?
Oh yeah game preview.
So the Leafs made some moves at the deadline. Signaling to their fanbase that they were making a run by acquiring the super tall and mean looking henchman in every 80s action movie ever Brian Boyle to stand in front of opposing teams nets whilst Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner teleport around opposing teams defenses.
They also gave up on Frank Corrado finally, dealing him to the Penguins for “playoff truculence” in Eric Fehr.
Wonder-kid Matthews leads the team with 55 points, with Marner just 7 behind with 48. Frederick Andersen is the undisputed number 1 with a .915 Save Percentage, 2.75 GAA and 3 shut outs. He has played 51 of the 62 leafs games thus far. Speaking of Freddie, Sam Steel, whom the Ducks used the 30th overall pick in 2016 to select from the Andersen - currently leads the WHL with 115 points in 56 games.
The Leafs are currently in a fight for the two remaining wild card spots in the East but lost in the shootout last night to the Kings by a score of 3-2.
The Ducks, meanwhile, need to take advantage of a very generous month of home games. Newly recalled Chris Wagner will look to fill in on the fourth line (please?!) in place of Jared Boll.
Here is also hoping that Brandon Montour takes Holzer’s spot in the line up against a speedy Leafs squad.
The drive to prove us all wrong and reward us for keeping faith starts now, Ducks.
Lets do this.