February 4, 2010 |
The Ducks' Jonas Hiller is playing like a million bucks. Make that $18 million. Four days after receiving a rich four-year contract extension, Hiller made 46 saves in a 3-1 victory over Detroit on Wednesday at the Honda Center. The win pulled the Ducks to three points out of a tie for the final Western Conference playoff spot as they prepare to play the Kings on Thursday night at Staples Center. "I think he has the confidence that he can play, and he's proven it to us," Coach Randy Carlyle said.
February 3, 2010
Ducks tonight VS. DETROIT When: 7. Where: Honda Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 830. Records: Ducks 26-23-7, Red Wings 27-19-10. Record vs. Red Wings: 1-1-1. Update: Teemu Selanne returned from a broken jaw Monday and scored a goal, his 17th in only 31 games in an injury-marred season. Ducks defenseman Nick Boynton cleared waivers Tuesday and remains with the team. Detroit, hampered by injuries this season after consecutive appearances in the Stanley Cup finals, is one of the teams the Ducks are chasing for the final Western Conference playoff spot.
January 29, 2010
Ducks tonight AT TAMPA BAY When: 4:30 PST. Where: St. Pete Times Forum. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 830. Records: Ducks 24-23-7, Lightning 22-20-10. Record vs. Lightning: 1-0-0. Update: The Ducks' Teemu Selanne, who has missed seven games because of a broken jaw suffered Jan. 13 in a game against the Boston Bruins, rejoined the team in Tampa, though it isn't clear when he will be back in the lineup.
January 20, 2010 |
After a crazy game, here's a crazy thought: Maybe the Ducks can get through all this injury trouble after all. They took a 5-4 victory over Buffalo on Tuesday, beating one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference for their eighth win in a row at the Honda Center and their seventh in their last eight games overall. They made it harder than it had to be, taking a 4-0 lead in the first 10 1/2 minutes only to watch it nearly evaporate, but they did it. "Tonight wasn't the prettiest effort throughout the whole game, but we were able to get that early lead and hold it," said center Ryan Getzlaf, who returned to the game despite a nasty gash over his right eye that required stitches after he was hit by a puck.
January 15, 2010 |
Once again veering off in opposite directions, the Kings and Ducks reversed course Thursday in a game that could have significant playoff implications. The Kings halted a three-game losing streak that had dropped them out of the top eight in the West for the first time since Oct. 21, recording an emphatic 4-0 victory at Staples Center while ending the Ducks' five-game winning streak and damaging their faint playoff hopes. Jonathan Quick stopped 22 shots to earn his fifth career shutout and first this season.
January 14, 2010
As breaks of the game go, this was a bad one. The Ducks' Teemu Selanne, freshly returned from a broken hand, suffered a broken jaw when he was struck by a puck in the third period of the Ducks' 4-3 victory over Boston on Wednesday at the Honda Center. "Obviously, he will be unavailable to us for a number of days, weeks, here going forward," Coach Randy Carlyle said. "We'll have to see -- it will be surgically repaired tomorrow -- we'll have to see what kind of time frame they're going to give us."
January 14, 2010 |
The Kings and Ducks always seem to be at opposite ends of competitive cycles, perhaps explaining why they have never made the playoffs in the same season since the Ducks entered the NHL in 1993. As they prepared for their second meeting of the season, Thursday at Staples Center, they were again on opposite paths. The Kings, after an impressive start, have lost three straight games and seven of their last 10 and are in danger of dropping out of the top eight in the West. The Ducks, thin on defense and plagued by injuries, have been following their post-lockout pattern of gathering strength in the second half of the season, cutting in half what was once a 12-point gap between them and the last playoff spot.