Schneider's Return Impacts Ducks Power Play

Monday, 11.05.2007 / 2:53 PM / Features
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Schneider\'s Return Impacts Ducks Power Play

By Adam Brady
AnaheimDucks.com

The return of Mathieu Schneider to the Ducks lineup last Thursday against Columbus appeared to pay immediate dividends for the Ducks. The 38-year-old Schneider, who missed the first 13 games of the season with a broken bone in his ankle, played 25 minutes, 25 seconds in the Ducks’ 2-1 victory over the Blue Jackets. To top it off, he scored the only goal in the shootout to give the Ducks a rare home victory in the tiebreaker format.

But it wasn’t until Saturday night’s 5-2 victory over Phoenix that Schneider had a noticeable impact on a previously lifeless Anaheim power play. The Ducks were 28th in the NHL on the man advantage entering the game (9.8 percent), and were 0 for their last 21 on the man advantage. That string was broken when Schneider connected on a slap shot with the Ducks on a 5 on 3 midway through the first period.
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Schneider also helped Anaheim score a second power play goal, again with a two-man advantage, giving the Ducks much-needed insurance 13:19 into the third. Schneider’s ripped one-timer from the point bounced hard off Phoenix goaltender Alex Auld, leaving Ryan Getzlaf with a wide-open net.
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"The power play hasn't clicked at all this year," said Perry, who alone had nine shots with the Ducks on the man advantage. "To get a huge power-play goal at the start of the game and to have the lead early and play with a lead, that was a big confidence boost. The guys feel a little pressure coming off us."

The Ducks took 18 of their 38 shots on the power play, a trend that is likely to continue with the presence of Schneider on point of the first unit.

“With his experience the last few years in Detroit, they had a tremendous power play,” said Ducks captain Chris Pronger. “With his great shot and his vision and ability to move the puck, it certainly makes it a lot more potent. It also gives us three or four defenseman we can throw in and not get beaten. That’s a nice luxury to have and something we missed when he was out.”

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle pointed out that Schneider’s potency on the point allows forwards like Ryan Getzlaf to move down low on the power play and attack the net more often.

“It gives us another option to utilize,” Carlyle said. “We think Getzlaf has the ability to shoot the puck with the elite players in the league. With him you can switch sides for the one-timer and switch back down low to up top. Getzlaf is a big guy who can handle the puck down low. He can make plays to the net, he can fake shots.”

Meanwhile, Carlyle believes that as much of an impression Schneider has made in the early going since his return, “I think there is room for him to improve.”
“I don’t think he’s fully satisfied with where he is, and I think he can be better,” Carlyle said. “He can move better and I don’t think he’s as fluid as he was in the preseason.”

Notes
Despite their struggles in the early part of the season, the Ducks were fortunate to not find themselves in a big hole in the Pacific Division standings. None of the other four division foes – San Jose, Dallas, Los Angeles and Phoenix – has sprung from the starting blocks either. The Ducks’ middling 6-7-2 record surprisingly puts them just one standings point back of the first-place Sharks (7-6-1) going into tonight’s game against Dallas.

After the morning skate, Carlyle was asked if he was surprised by the mediocrity in the division and he was quick to reply with a “No.” When asked for an explanation, Carlyle said, “Everybody made changes and it’s early in the year. It’s a reflection on the salary cap and the distribution of skill. Everybody is taking a stab at changing their teams to some degree. I don’t think it’s any surprise and it reflects back on last year, how tight it was.”

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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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