This past week the Anaheim Ducks played three games at home without their captain Ryan Getzlaf. The Ducks went 2-1-0, winning two games against Detroit and Arizona. They dropped the most recent game to Minnesota. This season the Ducks are 4-2-0 when Getzlaf hasn't played.
At today's practice head coach Randy Carlyle focused on the power play unit, which went 0-for-10 this week without Getzlaf. For the season the Ducks are 5-for-19 on the power play when Getzlaf hasn't played in a contest.
Getzlaf and Nate Thompson both skated together at practice before the team hit the ice. Carlyle hopes Getzlaf will skate with the team tomorrow. Thompson is still approximately at least month away from being ready.
On this week's podcast, Eddy and I talk about the Ducks play with Getzlaf. We take a look at the younger players that are having an impact on the Anaheim roster. We also discuss the World Junior Championship and how Anaheim's prospect Tory Terry helped them earn gold. Additionally, we look at how Randy Carlyle has performed so far this season and how Anaheim can improve for the second half of the season.
The Anaheim Ducks finished the month of December mainly on the road with eight of their final nine games away from Honda Center. The Ducks had a pattern of exchanging wins and losses almost every other night. Anaheim then started the new year with a wild victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. The game featured everything from a jerseyless fight, a hat trick, overtime, shootout, and even an appearance by Teemu Selanne.
On this show, we discuss the Ducks up and down ride this season. We cover several topics from splitting up Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry to playing seven defensemen and the overtime struggles. We give a mid-season report covering who has done well and who has disappointed for Anaheim. Lastly, we analyze the strengths and weakness of the Ducks team so far.
This past week the Anaheim Ducks started a six-game road trip playing against Dallas, Boston, and Detroit. The Ducks went 1-2-0 and gave up 15 goals in just those three games. On this show, we talk about Anaheim's issue with giving up goals in bunches. We analyze the play fo the goalies and team defense recently.
With the trade deadline starting to appear on the horizon, we discuss trade rumors around the league. We look at possible players the Ducks may want to pursue and who they may be willing give up in a future move.
Last week it was announced that Ron Wilson had a stroke and was recovering. We provide an update on him while looking back at his days as the first head coach of the Mighty Ducks. We also look back at the rivalry between the Ducks and Red Wings as Anaheim played their final game at The Joe this past Saturday.
The Anaheim Ducks find themselves on a three-game winning streak, defeating Carolina, San Jose, and Ottawa. Anaheim has been getting the job done with almost half of the forward lineup coming from their San Diego Gulls AHL affiliate team. Joseph Cramarossa, Stefan Noesen, Ondrej Kase, Nick Ritchie, and Logan Shaw have filled the third and fourth lines.
On this show, we talk about how the Ducks have had to rely on the young players from the Gulls. We discuss the success the younger players are experiencing as Anaheim's line combinations have started to become more consistent recently. We analyze the recent move of sending Ryan Garbutt down to San Diego and discuss potential trade scenarios as the NHL trade deadline begins to appear on the horizon.
The Anaheim Ducks finished their Western Canada trip going 1-1-1. They defeated the Vancouver Canucks and earned one point in an overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers. The Ducks then finished the trip with a terrible loss at the hands of the Calgary Flames.
On this week's show, we look at the Ducks struggles in overtime and in secondary scoring. Anaheim has yet to win a game in overtime this season. The Ducks have gone into overtime five times, losing four times during 3-on-3 play and once in the shootout. We take a look the lineup and discuss how some changes could be made to provide more offense. The Ryan Kesler line has been dominant in producing goals, but there is a drop off from the rest of the team's forwards excluding Rickard Rakell.
We also talk about several former Ducks on this show, including Travis Moen, J.S. Giguere, and Patrick Maroon.
This past week the Anaheim Ducks went 1-1-1 in their three contests. They lost in a marathon shootout to the New York Islanders 3-2. The Ducks lost to the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 and then beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2. Each game involved a controversial call involving a scoring play.
On this week's show, we talk about each play and discuss whether the NHL officials made the correct call or not. We talk about the Ducks performance during these three games and how they responded to the officiating. We talk about the Ducks lineup, player movement, and the expansion draft.
Lastly, we talk about Las Vegas' new team name, the Vegas Golden Knights and also share our thoughts on the Florida Panthers firing head coach Gerard Gallant.
Last season when the Anaheim Ducks turned around their season it was in large part due to the fact of having three lines that could score. This season it's been the Ryan Kesler line the has provided the most goals with 19. Kesler leads the team with eight goals. Jakob Silfverberg has six goals and Andrew Cogliano has five. The Ryan Getzlaf line has nine goals and the Antoine Vermette line has 11 goals.
On this show, we talk about the Ducks amazing 20-0-1 record at home since Kesler joined the team. Anaheim is also 6-0-0 this season when Kesler has scored a goal. We look at the Anaheim lineup discussing who has been performing well and who hasn't. We share our thoughts on how the lineup could be tweaked to achieve maximum potential.
We also discuss the new 'John Scott Rule' for the NHL All-Star voting and take a look at what the new Las Vegas team's name could be.
The Anaheim Ducks saw the return of Hampus Lindholm this week on their road trip. The Ducks went 1-1-1 on the trip ending it with a blowout loss to the Nashville Predators. Of the 16 games the Ducks have played this season, seven of them have been either big wins or big losses.
On this show, we discuss how the Ducks have struggled with being consistent. We talk about the scoring disparity in some contests and how the Ducks can improve to avoid letdowns in any given period. We also look at the Ducks overtime woes, as they haven't won in overtime so far this season.
In a surprise move to some, the Ducks placed Chris Wagner on waivers today. We analyze this move and how it will impact the lineup. We also evaluate the Ducks current performance through the first 16 games of the season.
Hampus Lindholm is set to return this week(finally!) as the Anaheim Ducks hit the road. Lindholm posted a photo of himself in flight on his Instagram account.
On this week's show, we talk about Lindholm's impact and how the team will play on the upcoming three-game trip. We cover a variety of topics including the goalies, the lineup chemistry, and Anaheim's overall performance in the past week. We also talk about possible trade options in the next few months.
We end the show with a segment on the Ducks prospects. Last year's draft picks Max Jones, Sam Steel, and Tyler Soy have all been performing well. We also talk about Julius Nattinen's ridiculous between the legs goal and Brandon Montour's crazy shot output.
After starting the season 0-3-1, the Anaheim Ducks have turned it around losing only once in regulation over their past six games. The Ducks have gone 4-1-1 in their last six games with impressive wins over Vancouver, Nashville, and rival Los Angeles.
Anaheim saw the return of Rickard Rakell, who dropped three points on the Kings last night in his first game back. General Manager Bob Murray was finally able to get Hampus Lindholm re-signed this past week and he should join the team soon. On this show, we talk about Rakell and Lindholm and how they will impact the lineup and any future trades later in the season. We also analyze the Ducks play through 10 games and how Randy Carlyle has been as the head coach so far.