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Steve Carroll Report: Ducks vs. Blackhawks

Tuesday, 10.4.2005 / 9:00 PM PT / News
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Steve Carroll Report: Ducks vs. Blackhawks
The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim open up the 2005-2006 NHL regular season on Wednesday night in Chicago. Following that encounter, the Ducks visit Nashville on Saturday to take on the Predators. Anaheim returns home on Monday to host the Edmonton Oilers at the Arrowhead Pond.

That’s the look at the Mighty Ducks schedule during the first week of the season.

Anaheim’s Head Coach Randy Carlyle brings his team into Chicago for the first of four regular season meetings between the teams. And the Hawks look to be a different team   than the one that finished the 2003-2004 season with a 20-43-11-8 record.

Last summer, Chicago signed veterans Matthew Barnaby, Curtis Brown and Jassen Cullimore to add some grit and experience to the equation. This summer, the Hawks were among the most active teams in the free-agent market. Goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, defensemen Adrian Aucoin and Jaroslav Spacek and forwards Martin Lapointe and Jim Dowd all join the new look Blackhawks.

Chicago has a new coach, opting not to re-sign Brian Sutter and instead hiring Trent Yawney. A former Hawk defenseman and longtime coach of the Norfolk Admirals (Chicago’s AHL affiliate), Yawney is regarded as a coach who works well with young players.

In Tuomo Ruutu, Tyler Arnason, Mark Bell and Kyle Calder, the Hawks have four young forwards to build around.

Aucoin was one of the Hawks top free-agent targets, and the former New York Islander All-Star immediately becomes the team’s go-to guy on defense. At Tuesday’s practice in Chicago, Aucoin was named the Hawks captain for the coming season.

In goal, Chicago was very unstable with five goalies taking turns in the nets during the 2003-2004 season. Khabibulin was 28-19-7 in the 2003-2004 regular season and excelled in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, posting a 16-7 record and a 1.71 goals-against average to carry the Lightning through four demanding rounds to its first championship.

So, it’s a tough opener for the Mighty Ducks on the road. Anaheim finished their pre-season with a record of 3-3-2. Now it’s the real thing.

There are fifteen games on tap in the National Hockey League on Wednesday night. It’s great to have hockey back in Southern California.

Join me and Brent Severyn for all the action on the Mighty 1090 on your AM dial. Broadcast time is set for 5:15pm (Pacific Time). A couple of wins on the road to start the season would certainly be a nice way to get the 2005-2006 regular season off on a good note.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07


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