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Steve Carroll Report: Ducks vs. Blackhawks

Wednesday, 10.05.2005 / 12:00 AM / 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 - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48


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