December 8, 2009 |
The NHL announced surprisingly good attendance figures last week, saying teams had played to 91.3% of capacity through November. That's despite sub-10,000 crowds in Phoenix and numbers in the low teens in Nashville, Atlanta, Colorado, Long Island and Carolina. The local teams brought the number down, though the Kings' average of 16,274 through their first 14 home games -- 89.9% of capacity at Staples Center -- was up about 1,200 from the same point last season. The Ducks have averaged 14,889 fans through a league-high 18 home games.
December 7, 2009 |
Another point slipped away from the Ducks in a shootout Sunday. The struggle is to keep their confidence and determination from slipping away too. The 4-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators at the Honda Center was their second shootout defeat in three days and the fourth one-goal loss in five games. All it amounts to is close, but still sitting in last place in the Western Conference. "It's desperation for us right now," said Corey Perry, who had a goal and an assist but missed the net in the shootout.
December 3, 2009
Ducks tonight AT DALLAS When: 5:30 PST. Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas. On the air: TV: Channel 56. Radio: 830. Records: Ducks 10-12-4, Stars 12-8-7. Record vs. Stars: 0-1-0. Update: The Ducks, still buried deep in the Western Conference standings, acquired center Kyle Chipchura, 23, from Montreal on Wednesday for a fourth-round draft pick in 2011. The former first-round pick, scoreless in 19 games with a plus-minus rating of minus-10, said he is hoping for a "fresh start."
December 2, 2009 |
Delayed until December by an insensitive schedule maker, the renewal of the rivalry between the Ducks and Kings on Tuesday was a welcome occasion in a season crammed with games against opponents that are almost interchangeable. Their performances in a 4-3 victory by the Kings at the Honda Center were snapshots of the reasons Kings fans are infusing more optimism into their natural caution and Ducks fans continue to shake their heads at a team that can alternate world-class skill with moments of singular stupidity.
December 1, 2009
Kings vs. Ducks tonight When: 7:30. Where: Honda Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket. Radio: 1150, 830. Records: Kings 15-10-2, Ducks 10-11-4. Season series (2008-09): Kings 3-2-1. Update: Since the lockout, the Ducks are 18-8-4 against the Kings, including 9-3-2 at home. The Kings are expected to have the same lineup as in their 2-1 shootout victory over Chicago on Saturday, which means defenseman Rob Scuderi (ankle)
December 1, 2009 |
Kings Coach Terry Murray looks at the Ducks and sees a team that still has the heart of a champion and is capable of world-class efforts when the moment demands them. "With us, looking at our team, we need to develop that attitude," he said. Ducks General Manager Bob Murray (no relation) looks at the Kings and sees a mobile and talented defense that could be a force for years to come. "You've got to build from the defense," the former NHL defenseman said. "Drew Doughty, Jack Johnson, Matt Greene -- what a move that was to get Greene.
November 30, 2009 |
What started as a sweet day for the Getzlaf family turned sour in the final moments of two games in two countries Sunday. As Ryan Getzlaf readied for the Ducks' game against Phoenix at the Honda Center, his brother Chris was in Calgary playing receiver for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Grey Cup, the Canadian Football League championship. In Anaheim, the Ducks took a second-period lead on a power-play goal by Getzlaf. In Calgary, Chris Getzlaf caught two passes, and Saskatchewan had a 16-point fourth-quarter lead over Montreal.
November 25, 2009
Ducks tonight VS. CAROLINA When: 7. Where : Honda Center. On the ai r: TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: 830. Records: Ducks 8-11-3, Hurricanes 5-13-5. Record vs. Hurricanes (2008-2009): 1-1-0. Update: After a 3-2 shootout victory over Calgary on Monday behind a sharp performance by goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere, the Ducks will try to improve to 3-1 on the homestand. Carolina is winless on the road, and tied with Toronto for fewest points in the NHL with 15 -- four fewer than the Ducks.
November 24, 2009 |
There are easier ways to win, but at this point they all feel good to the Ducks. And it must have felt like a sweet flood of relief for goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who won for the first time this season. The Ducks were less than a minute from a victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday night at the Honda Center before Jarome Iginla's game-tying goal with 18 seconds left in regulation went into the net off the skate of the Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf. But they came back to take the two points with a 3-2 shootout victory when Teemu Selanne slowed to a near stop and roofed the puck past Mikka Kiprusoff for the only goal of the shootout.
November 23, 2009
VS. CALGARY When: 7. Where: Honda Center. On the air: TV: Channel 56; Radio: 830. Records: Ducks 7-11-3, Flames 13-6-2. Record vs. Flames (2008-09): 3-1-0. Update: The Ducks' effort to build momentum after they opened a seven-game homestand with a victory against Tampa Bay on Thursday sputtered with a 3-2 loss to San Jose on Saturday. The team's injury list got shorter as several players returned, including center Saku Koivu. But the Ducks said center Ryan Carter (foot)