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Ducks Do Double Time

Coming off two straight losses and a day off, the Ducks did double duty Friday afternoon at Anaheim Ice to try and get back on track

Friday, 12.5.2008 / 3:21 PM PT / Features
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Ducks Do Double Time

By Matt Vevoda

“You have to keep working at it,” Niedermayer said about the Ducks special teams. “Our power play for the most part has been scoring some goals. Our PK has given us some trouble some games, but we have guys here that should be able to get the job done. We want to be better.”

It’s no secret among the Ducks that when head coach Randy Carlyle issues a day off like they enjoyed Thursday, the first day back to practice will surely make up for lost time.

In what looked like training camp revisited, the Ducks took part in a double-session of practice at Anaheim Ice on Friday. After departing to the locker room following their regular drills, the Ducks re-emerged on the ice to pay careful consideration to special teams – both the power play and penalty kill.

“We’ve definitely improved over the last 10 games with both of those,” Carlyle said. “For us, we have to continue to show improvement as we go through the season. There is going to be a lot of 2-1, 3-2, 1-0 hockey games played over the next while. It’s important that we have those special teams operating at a premium for us.”

Following a difficult start on both special team fronts to start the 2008-09 campaign, the Ducks’ ranking among the league has progressively risen in recent weeks. Currently, Anaheim is tied for eighth in the NHL on the power play (21.6 percent) and tied for 14th on the penalty kill (81.5 percent).

“You have to keep working at it,” Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer said. “Our power play for the most part has been scoring some goals. Our PK has given us some trouble some games, but we have guys here that should be able to get the job done. We want to be better.”

A boost to those power play numbers has been the dominance of Teemu Selanne with the man advantage. The Finnish Flash’s 13 power play goals leads the league by a margin of five (St. Louis’s Keith Tkachuk and Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek are tied in second with eight apiece). The output is also more than halfway to his franchise record of 25 that he owns in two different seasons with the Ducks (1998-99 and 2006-07). Selanne’s last 13 goals have all come on the man advantage, the second-longest such streak in NHL history. 

“He’s getting a lot of chances on the power play,” Carlyle said. “Teemu has been an offensive player and if he continues to get those chances, we know he’ll score goals.”

Selanne has been a bright spot for the Ducks power play, leading the league by a wide margin with 13 PP goals.

Carlyle stressed the necessity of having additional players find the net on the power play, as opponents will continue to try to limit those opportunities for Selanne, even though it as been mostly to no avail so far this season. Besides Selanne, the rest of the Ducks have a combined nine PP goals.

“I think it’s important that it’s not just Teemu on our power play,” Carlyle said. “There is room for improvement in that area and that all the players that get those minutes make a contribution in the goal-scoring department.”

Another area of improvement recently has been the team’s play at home. Uncharacteristically near the .500 mark (7-6-2) in the friendly confines of Honda Center, the Ducks have won the last two in Anaheim and three of their last four. They will look to continue that upward trend on Sunday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“We want to establish again that we have a building that is tough to play in for the opposition,” Carlyle said. “The seventh member of our team on the ice is our fans because they are into it. We have a group of fans that support our hockey club and they are boisterous.”

Notes: Brad Larsen (sports hernia surgery) continues to experience pain and is now having his hip evaluated as a result of the problem according to Carlyle. Out of the lineup since Nov. 19 against Washington, Brian Sutherby (strained groin) is currently limited to off-ice workouts as a result of his injury. 




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


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
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07

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