DuxRox Joins The ‘Net - Introduces Us To The Anaheim Ducks
As this is my first blog about the Anaheim Ducks, I’ll start by trying to get up to date with the team so far. This has been a real up and down time for us fans; we’ve seen a lot from the team and not all of it good. We’ve had injuries, reassignments, trades, bad ref calls (no, really!) and let’s face it, some, well, interesting playing. We’ve had amazing results from our rookies - can you say Bobby Ryan - and amazing playing from our usuals: Getzlaf and Perry to name two. François Beauchemin’s injury was disheartening, but he was recently on the ice, so I’m hoping he’s back sooner rather than later. Selanne’s freakish injury caused the team to step it up, and I think overall, they did. Color me relieved when I saw Selanne back on the ice. We’ve recently acquired Mike Brown and Sheldon Brookbank and from what I’ve seen of them so far, they look to be a good match.
We had 3 players voted to the All Stars: Ryan Getzlaf, Scott Niedermayer and JS Giguere. It was about time for Giguere, although his playing hasn’t been the best recently. Losing your father can do that to a goalie; luckily, we had Jonas Hiller ready to step in and boy, did he ever. After watching Jiggy in the net against the Predators (Feb 5) and reading about his game against the Flames on Saturday, I think he’s turned the corner. (Let me say right here that Jiggy has been one of my favorites since the Ducks were ‘Mighty,’ so it would be hard for me to say anything negative about him!) This season seems to be a good one for George Parros: he signed a 3 year extension recently and has been having career highs as well. In December (vs the Blue Jackets) he had a great game and was voted the 2nd star of the game. I was at that game and it was a great one for him. While I love it when the ‘Stache fights, it is good to see him making more shots on goals and generally skating better. Bobby Ryan, Bobby Ryan, Bobby Ryan. Wow – talk about an amazing rookie! He’s a blog unto himself! He has the speed, the hands and can pretty much work well on any line Carlyle puts him on. Call me crazy, but when the opposing team seems to single you out to try to TAKE you out, you’ve made an impression. It appears teams are really trying to shut Ryan down lately and well, I can see why. He was named NHL’s Rookie of the Month for January – the first time in Ducks franchise history. He had a record making hat trick against the Kings in January as well. It will be interesting to watch him in the years to come. How do you top such an incredible rookie season??
So, as of today the Ducks are 6th in the Western Conference. However, we have played more games than the rest and in the next week or so, most teams will catch up. It’s hard for me to say that this team needs to play better as they are the ones actually playing, but I will say it. The Ducks need to find their chemistry and they need to find it now. Carlyle constantly changing the lines around can’t be good for finding this much needed chemistry, but he’s the coach, not I. The next game is at home against the Flames on Wednesday; here’s hoping to an even better game than we had last Saturday against them! Another win would be good – the Ducks need each and every point. Another Parros vs Roy match would be good, too….. The ‘Stache needs to defend his house!