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Sweeps Signal Changes for Kings & Ducks

Sweeps Signal Changes for Kings & Ducks

April 20th, 2018 Among all of the disappointments through the first round of the NHL playoffs, the spotlight is shining brightly on Southern California. With the Anaheim Ducks bowing out to the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night, two of the heaviest teams in the playoffs made swift and speedy exits. The L.A....
Sharks Finish off Troubled Ducks

Sharks Finish off Troubled Ducks

April 20th, 2018 It took until Game 4 of their series against the San Jose Sharks for the Anaheim Ducks to play hockey. And they played a terrific game against the Sharks. Only two problems. First, they weren’t enough better than San Jose to win the game, and second, they'd given themselves zero room for...

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April 14th, 2018
San Jose Sharks

The Anaheim Ducks finished the regular season with five consecutive victories and a 26-10-5 home record. Things were looking up for them as they got to open the postseason at home against the San Jose Sharks. Those positive feelings quickly disappeared. The Sharks dominated the Ducks en route to a convincing 3-0 victory in Game 1 Thursday evening at Honda Center. They never allowed Anaheim to generate a sustained attack offensively. Even as the Ducks were able to fire more shot attempts in the third period, it never really seemed as though they were threatening San Jose, which protected its lead with relative ease. Here are three takeaways from Game 1 that could spell trouble for the Ducks unless they find a way to rectify or at least compensate for them. Lack of Discipline Sinks Ducks Penalties were an issue all season for the Ducks. They committed the fourth-most infractions (346) in the league during the regular season. A strong penalty kill and great goaltending assuaged...
April 12th, 2018
San Jose Sharks

As the San Jose Sharks prepare to take on the Anaheim Ducks in their opening round playoff series, there is no shortage of questions. But some questions are more critical than others, and we'll explore three of them here. Is Paul Martin the Right Choice? The Sharks appear to have benched rookie defenseman Joakim Ryan to start the series. Veteran Paul Martin has replaced him in the lineup. The two have similar styles and both have the important skill of knowing how to compliment their partner. Their partner is Brent Burns, the most dynamic player on the team. Getting the best out of Burns is essential to the Sharks and their playoff chances. By any measure, Ryan was a pleasant surprise this season. A bit old for a rookie, the 24-year-old came with a mature and refined game. He made few mistakes, was rarely out of position and seemed to have an instinctive understanding of the play in front of him. Not much went behind him. About the worst which can be said, is he can be muscled...
April 11th, 2018
Anaheim Ducks

If you would have told me back in November or even December that the Anaheim Ducks were going to finish second in the Pacific Division, I would have raised an eyebrow but still found it believable. If you would have told me the same thing two weeks ago I would have laughed at you. The Ducks find themselves at the end of the season with a second-place spot in the Pacific Division and a home-ice advantage over the San Jose Sharks for the first round of the playoffs, which start Thursday. Looking back on the Ducks' season, it has been an incredible journey and one heck of a thrill ride for the players and for their fans. Anyone who has followed the team this year knows they have had a slew of injuries. The Ducks were without the services of Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, Corey Perry, Rickard Rakell, Hampus Lindholm, Cam Fowler, and Ondrej Kase for select times during the season. Ryan Kesler returned but he has confirmed he is nowhere near 100 percent. With these injuries, the Ducks...
April 11th, 2018
San Jose Sharks

It's been a roller-coaster journey, but the Anaheim Ducks managed to qualify for the postseason for the sixth consecutive year. They will even have home-ice advantage in the first round after that notion seemed like a pipe dream for the majority of the season, which saw an injury-ravaged team flirting with the possibility of missing the playoffs altogether. Even with home ice, the Ducks face a tough opponent in Round 1: the San Jose Sharks. Despite being long-time division and in-state rivals, the two teams have only met in the postseason once, and that was nine years ago. The Ducks came away with a shocking six-game defeat of the Presidents' Trophy-winning Sharks in the first round that year. Much has changed nearly a decade later, but one thing that hasn't is the likelihood of another tightly-contested series. Here is some background on the Ducks and their opponent, as well as some things to look for in the series that commences this Thursday, April 12, at Honda Center 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... April 8th, 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