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.
January 13, 2010
VS. BOSTON When: 7. Where: Honda Center. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 830. Records: Ducks 20-19-7; Bruins 22-15-7. Record vs. Bruins: 1-0-0. Update: The Ducks have a season-high four-game winning streak and are coming off a victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, one of the NHL's best teams. Goaltender Jonas Hiller has been hot, but Coach Randy Carlyle faces a decision about how to best use him with tonight's game followed by a key matchup Thursday against the Kings at Staples Center.
January 10, 2010
Ducks tonight AT CHICAGO When: 4 PST. Where: United Center. On the air: TV: Channel 56; Radio: 830. Records: Ducks 19-19-7, Blackhawks 31-10-4. Record vs. Blackhawks: 1-1. Update: Teemu Selanne returned to the lineup Saturday at Nashville after missing 17 games because of a broken hand and picked up his 15th goal of the season. With seven goals on the power play, he should bolster the recently anemic Ducks attack with a man advantage.
January 6, 2010 |
Saku Koivu was named captain of the Finnish Olympic team last week partly because he still leads by example at 35. His numbers haven't been all the Ducks expected after he signed in the off-season. But the former Montreal captain blazed the trail in a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at the Honda Center on Tuesday, breaking a three-game losing streak. Koivu scored a short-handed goal in the first period when he jumped on the puck in the neutral zone and skated in on Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, fighting his way in to put a shot on goal before sticking the loose rebound into the net at 5:37.
December 20, 2009 |
The Ducks continue to enjoy unexpected scoring from players who aren't the usual suspects. Just as rookie Dan Sexton provided surprise offense earlier this month, newly acquired center Kyle Chipchura and low-scoring forward Mike Brown chipped in with key goals Saturday. Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan each scored power-play goals, goalie Jonas Hiller had 39 saves and the Ducks defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-2, in front of 15,107 at the Honda Center. It was the Ducks' third win in their last four games and it evened the team's record against Phoenix (21-13-2)