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Wild Beat the Ducks for 4th Win in 5 Games

Wild Beat the Ducks for 4th Win in 5 Games

November 10th, 2018 ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mikael Granlund had two goals and an assist as the Minnesota Wild swept the Southern California part of their road trip with a 5-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night. Minnesota, which defeated Los Angeles 4-1 on Thursday, ...
Ducks Facing Sink or Swim Time

Ducks Facing Sink or Swim Time

November 9th, 2018 For NHL teams, Thanksgiving Day in the United States is more than just a holiday. As Anaheim Ducks fans and other NHL fans are aware, it’s the unofficial deadline that determines whether or not a team is playoff material. After a period of sustained success from 2005 to 2018,...

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October 28th, 2018
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Ben Street with Ryan Getzlaf and Pontus Aberg was the Anaheim Ducks starting line against the Buffalo Sabres last Sunday. If you're confused, you're not alone. Getzlaf's normal linemate, Rickard Rakell, was healthy and on a line with Sam Steel and Isac Lundestrom. Rookies Max Comtois and Kiefer Sherwood have been playing well and could have done well with Getzlaf. So why play Getzlaf with Street, who has been doing well patrolling the fourth line, and Aberg, who had only recently been called up from San Diego? This kind of confusion isn't abnormal this season. It's rare that head coach Randy Carlyle puts together two lines exactly the same two games in a row, and the issues it's causing are evident. Ducks Lack of Chemistry It's no secret that goaltender John Gibson has been covering up for much of the Ducks defensive liabilities. They generate the least amount of shots per game (23.9 S/GP) while giving up the most amount of shots per game (37.9 SA/GP). These stats...
October 25th, 2018
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Now ten games into the season, the Anaheim Ducks have a shot differential of -140. To put that into perspective, the Ottawa Senators, generally expected to be a bottom-dweller for the 2018-19 season, have the second-worst shot differential at -64. Although they are tied with the San Jose Sharks at the top of the Pacific Division, something is very, very wrong in Anaheim, and it all comes back to the defensive zone, from where the Ducks are struggling to get out. By the time they get the puck out, the Ducks on the ice are exhausted and need a change, leading to minimal time in the offensive zone and an abysmal amount of shots for. What's causing these defensive zone woes? A Broken Roster In a league as competitive as the NHL, it's difficult to keep pace with other teams when you have even one key injury. The Ducks, per tradition, have already suffered a mind-numbing amount of injuries. In their first ten games they've missed Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, Jakob Silfverberg,...
October 17th, 2018
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To start the 2018-19 NHL season, the Anaheim Ducks have accumulated nine points in six games. It's their best start since the 2014-15 season and they lead the Pacific Division. One major problem persists, though -- the Ducks are winning games in an unsustainable way. They’re the league’s worst team in Corsi-for percentage — although the number has improved — at 39.5 percent in 5-on-5 situations. The differential between shots for and those they've given up is enormous, meaning they’re still relying on goaltenders John Gibson and Ryan Miller to win games. Advanced statistics indicate that the Ducks have overcome lop-sided performances, but why, exactly, is the team struggling to such a great extent in terms of puck possession and shots? The Gibson Defense The Ducks’ investment in Gibson looks pretty good as he’s already stolen a couple wins in this young season. In order to give him the best chance to succeed, Anaheim is focusing its defensive efforts on...
October 17th, 2018
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While John Gibson has been the unquestioned hero for the Anaheim Ducks through their first six games—helping them to a 4-1-1 record despite the club's injuries and troubling underlying play—there have been some other positive player storylines as well. We've seen Max Comtois's first two NHL goals, including one 49 seconds into his debut. There's 31-year-old Ben Street, who has finally gotten on the board with his first two NHL tallies.  Meanwhile, leading the club in scoring is none other than Jakob Silfverberg. The 28-year-old Swede has totaled seven points (three goals and four assists) in the club's six games. Coming off a somewhat disappointing year that marked a bump in the road in a career that had only seen an upward trajectory to that point, Silfverberg seems to have rediscovered his scoring touch. Silfverberg an Offensive Catalyst A Step Back in 2017-18 Silfverberg, who came over to the Ducks from the Ottawa Senators as part of the Bobby Ryan trade in...

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Anaheim Ducks Logo History

Despite only being around for 24 years, the Anaheim Ducks sure do like taking walks down memory lane. After he previously spent parts of six seasons with the team, the then-Mighty Ducks brought back Teemu Selanne for the 2005-06 season (and the eight that followed), four years after shipping him... September 2nd, 2018

Anaheim Ducks Primer for 2017-18

If you're looking for a team that accepts bandwagon fans with open arms, look no further than the Anaheim Ducks. Although blessed with recent postseason (and regular season) success, the Ducks are still a very small hockey market with a fan base that struggles to fill the stadium. Against more... August 22nd, 2017

The 5 Best Trades in Anaheim Ducks History

Originally published in Sept. 2013, a look back at some great trades for the Anaheim Ducks. In the first years of the Ducks' existence, the team struggled to compete with a cast of players from the expansion draft.  While solid drafting and player development played a big part in the... July 23rd, 2017