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What a season!

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Well it ended exactly as I predicted in July of last year. On July 4th I was in Las Vegas with my wife on a vacation. Due to a glitch in the reservation system on Vegas.com for the Flamingo, me and about 4 other guys got 9 rooms total for exactly $0.23.... That's 23 cents American. Yes, technology is cool. The Flamingo cancelled our reservations, but then reinstated our ro...
Welcome to the definitive guide to a very successful Trade Deadline Day. Over the next few paragraphs, I will describe to you my gameplan. Brian Burke [img:right]http://i26.tinypic.com/2w2os2b.jpg[/img]1) Always say you are happy with your team. Announce that you made your moves earlier in the season and do not plan on being active. Of course, you will be active, read on...
Ducks have 19 2 games remaining. Here are the opponents and number of games and the actual outcomes. Calgary - 1 home game (W) Chicago - 1 home game (W), 1 road game (L) Colorado - 1 home game (W), 1 road game (L) Dallas - 1 home game (W), 1 road game (W) Los Angeles - 1 home game (W), 1 road game Montreal - 1 home game (W) Ottawa - 1 home game (W) Phoenix - 1 ho...
Every year, around this time, a certain goalie is linked with a certain trophy. Year in and year out, [b]Martin Brodeur[/b] is on the list of goalies who deserve the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vezina_Trophy] Vezina Trophy[/url]. He's a fantastic player, and will enter the Hall of Fame without question. One goalie, who has been a rock for his team to build a playoff ...
Itlan writes...

Hockey Math

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
1-1=2 Wait, what? Itlan @8-)
Ryan Getzlaf broke a team record for assists (52) by a center in a season last night on a power play goal by Doug Weight. The record was previously held in duplicate by Andy McDonald for the past 2 seasons. This stat is particularly interesting. Steve Rucchin had 38 in 2002-03, Fedorov had 34 in 2003-04. You would think that with the role of a centerman, they would rack...
I don't have a mathematician's mind. But I like to write programs. My statistical analysis of the NHL started in 2003 when the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (as they were known back then) were looking like they were going to make the playoffs. I made a very simple Excel spreadsheet to track the progress of the standings points for the Ducks. It can be seen [url=http://itlan.kick...
Itlan writes...

Is Pahlsson Selke-worthy?

Posted Friday | Comments 0
For many years, nobody out side of the Anaheim fan-base even knew who Samuel Pahlsson was. No surprise there. Not many Ducks fans could tell you what kind of player he was either prior to the 2005-06 season. Drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in 1996, Sammy was thought to be a goal-scorer like so many players that come from his home country of Sweden. A little smaller th...
Brian Burke did nothing at the trade deadline, essentially, for the second straight year. Most people agreed last year and especially this year that the Ducks weakest point was scoring. Supported by an elite caliber defense corps and goaltending trio, the Ducks had a stingy 2.35 GAA, good for 2nd best in the league. There is a saying "Defense wins Cups". That may be true, ...
Itlan writes...

Game 4: Do or die (almost)

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
A huge win on Tuesday delayed what would have been a steep hill to climb. Being down 3-0 in a series is a death certificate. The winning team goes on to win the series 98.7% of the time. To say the win was crucial would be an understatement. It was necessary. Not only did the Ducks breathe life into this once dismal series, they gave themselves a huge boost of confidenc...
Itlan writes...

Ducks Training Camp: Day 2

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Day 1 of training camp was filled with boring physicals, and head shots for the game programs. *Yawn* Day 2 was the first full skate by the entire team, sans Schneider. Starting with drills at 9:45 and culminating with a 90 minute scrimmage game with all 50+ skaters, including 5 goalies. Below are my random and highly inaccurate thoughts: [b]Teemu Selanne[/b] got the lo...
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More cuts for the Ducks roster

Posted Monday | Comments 0
[url=http://ducks.freedomblogging.com/2008/09/29/ten-players-trimmed-from-camp-roster/] Ducks blog at OC Register[/url] More cuts for the deep ducks roster after last night's game. Included was goalie [b]Jean-Philippe Levasseur[/b] who I thought looked decent but needs to work on his in-close game. He was rattled when there was traffic in the crease, and didn't handle t...
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Ducks Dump OD on Kings

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
[b]Brian Burke[/b] has once again taken a left turn and stunned me. He dealt [b]Sean O'Donnell[/b] to the Kings for what basically amounts to nothing. A 3rd round conditional pick in 2009 [b]IF[/b] the Kings trade O'Donnell this season. If they keep him, the Ducks get nothing. Now, I feel this is decent treatment of O'Donnell. He lives in Hermosa Beach which is close to...
Guilty! I'm guilty of promising to blog, and failing to even write one blog since the start of the regular season. Mostly, it's been because I am (was) very busy with work. But my intent was to let the Ducks try to work out any kinks in the works, and try to write a blog at about the 10 game mark. Unfortunately, I was wrong to assume there would be others to fill in ...
In an effort that deserved a better outcome, the Ducks dropped a big game against a great Eastern team, the Washington Capitals. One game they should have controlled with the defense corps the Ducks have. But who didn't show up? The Defense. Who did show up? Bobby Ryan. BR was great last night against the Caps. With style of play that is reminiscent of Corey Perry, sans...
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Battle of California, Volume 1

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
The first edition of the Battle of California is finally here. No two California teams have faced each other in the modern era (since the [b]Sharks [/b]and [b]Ducks [/b]entered the league). The [b]Oakland Seals [/b]faced the [b]Los Angeles Kings [/b]in 1969, the [b]Kings [/b]were victorious in 7 games. This is the run down of all possible playoff series that never happe...
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On Kronwall and Brown

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
What a crazy start to the second round for the Ducks and Wings. The game featured some great hockey action, and some controversial calls and non-calls. In particular, I am referring to the huge open ice hit on Jiri Hudler by Mike Brown. In my opinion (and also the league), it was a clean hit that ended with Hudler being cut over the eye. It also ended with Brown assesse...

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