Steve Carroll Report - The Week Ahead
The STEVE CARROLL REPORT
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25th, 2005
The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim begin a busy week of hockey on Tuesday night when they travel to Los Angeles for a contest with the Kings.
The team returns home on Wednesday night to host the Calgary Flames at 7:30 pm. Following that encounter, Anaheim will welcome the St. Louis Blues to the Pond on Friday night, October 28th for another 7:30pm game.
On Sunday, October 31st, the Mighty Ducks and Phoenix Coyotes will get together for a 5:00 pm match-up.
The Ducks and Kings play each other in the first of eight regular season games. Anaheim comes into the contest with a record of 3-4-1 and fresh off a win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday afternoon. Los Angeles lost a 3-2 decision to Calgary on Sunday night.
Calgary will come to Anaheim mid-week and bring a 4-5-1 mark into their meeting with the Ducks. It’s the first of four meetings between the Ducks and Flames this season. In the 2003-2004 season series, the Flames took three of four games including a 5-1 win at the Pond on January 19th of 2004. Anaheim beat the Flames 2-1 on April 4th, 2004 in the regular season finale for both teams.
The Ducks are 7-1-3-0 at the Arrowhead Pond in the teams last 11 meetings and 7-5-4 over the past 16 overall vs. Calgary.
The Mighty Ducks will host the St. Louis Blues on Friday night and will try to even up the season series at one game apiece. On the most recent road trip, The Blues edged the Ducks 3-2 in St. Louis on October 19th.
Anaheim and Phoenix will renew acquaintances this Sunday, just days after the Ducks 5-3 victory over the Coyotes. Petr Sykora, Teemu Selanne, Andy McDonald scored first period goals for the Mighty Ducks to bring about a 3-0 advantage. After the Coyotes had gotten to within 3-2 in the second period, the Ducks struck back.
At 4:41 of the third period, Jonathan Hedstrom scored his first career short-handed goal to put the Ducks ahead, 4-2. Ducks forward Rob Niedermeyer tallied an empty net goal late in regulation to secure a 5-3 victory after a power play goal by Phoenix had put the Coyotes within a goal at 14:21 of the third period.
Coming into the week of activity, Anaheim is 2-1-0 at home and 1-3-1 on the road.