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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 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 46 15 35 12 50
C. Perry 32 19 12 15 31
R. Kesler 47 13 17 -2 30
S. Vatanen 47 10 19 3 29
M. Beleskey 46 17 7 12 24
C. Fowler 46 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 39 4 18 1 22
H. Lindholm 46 5 14 13 19
J. Silfverberg 47 6 12 2 18
D. Smith-Pelly 41 4 11 5 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 26 6 5 .917 2.30


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