Anaheim Ducks – Pucks Aren’t Scary!
So, what is the problem with this team? I think I figured it out. It seems, as I’ve watched the latest road trip, that the Anaheim Ducks are afraid of the little black pieces of rubber on the ice. So much so that the players would rather sit in the penalty box then have to deal with those mean ole things.
Three games played – New Jersey, Columbus and Detroit – and only 1 point to be had. Anaheim knows they need the points; they aren’t playing as if they know, however. I’ve watched as the black piece of rubber sits time and time again, waiting for an Anaheim player to pick it up. Time and time again, it’s been disappointed as it will sit there waiting or be rudely picked up by the opposing team…..
Anaheim: it’s called a PUCK. Puck, meet the Ducks. In order for you to win games and actually be seen as a team worthy of the playoffs, you need to put that scary little puck into the opposing net. Over and over again. It’s not frightening – pucks don’t usually bite. Take it away, run with it and SCORE! The more you handle the puck, the less intimidating they will seem.
The New Jersey game was probably the fastest game – and fastest loss – I’ve ever seen. If I had blinked, I would have missed the game. The Devils won 3-1 and the best thing I can say was that it wasn’t a shutout for Brodeur. The Devils outplayed the Ducks. I can only imagine the Ducks were in the locker room saying the same thing I was: did they just play a game; what just happened? It was that fast. Of course, it helped that the refs allowed the teams to play and not call penalties every time the Ducks released a breath.
The Columbus game was much more entertaining. This game was JS Giguere’s first game in the net since re-aggravating his groin injury. I have to say, it was great to see him back and he did really well. Although the Ducks lost 3-2 in a SO, they played better than against the Devils.
In watching tonight’s Detroit game, I am again wondering what is going on with this team. It’s hard to watch that scary ole puck fly by, underneath, behind, in front of a Duck and have it just keep on going. At times, it just sat there while the Ducks player seemingly waited for it to come to him. I’m aware I am over-simplifying it, but c’mon! Yet, back and forth, the Ducks fought back in this game. Again – the back end of a back-to-back and the Ducks showed up? Awesome. Losing the game 7-4 (Zetterberg getting a hat trick with an open net goal) was not so good.
More penalties means the Anaheim PK is getting way too much time on the ice; the Ducks PK is horrible overall, so stay out of the penalty box! Do they? No. It’s at the point the opposing team will score every time a Duck penalty is called.
Defense needs to tighten it up as a whole. Certain players are playing like fiends; some need to grow a pair.
Can’t say much about the offense; the Ryan-Perry-Getzlaf line is hot. Mike Brown and Todd Marchant are playing their usual hard style. Sadly, Saku Koivu and Ryan Carter are injured; that cuts down on scoring chances as far as I’m concerned. Petteri Nokelainen has really picked up his game.
The goalie situation remains interesting; Hiller has been playing more due to Giguere’s injury. It will be up to Jiggy to keep playing as well as he did against Columbus last night. I wasn’t very happy with Jiggy airing his laundry last week; shows a lack of class that surprises me from Giguere. Frustration is one thing; using the media to make it known is another. Hiller has played well, especially considering the PK being as bad as it is. Giguere will most likely be in the net on Monday against Pittsburgh, so he will get those PK goals against him as well. It’s not always the goalie’s fault when the team loses; Hiller/Giguere and the Ducks are the perfect examples.
Pittsburgh on Monday…Malkin back in the lineup. As much as I hate to say it, it’s not looking good for the end of this road trip.
But still, this is my team, so I will say
LET’S GO DUCKS!!