The Ducks have some offensive weapons that arer sure to create problems for the Panthers. Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry, and of course Teemu Selanne are all threats to score, almost at will. Ryan is the leading goal scorer for Anaheim with 12 goals which is double that of Panther leading goal scorer Mike Santorelli. Corey Perry leads in points with 26 which is double that of Panther leading point getter Michael Frolik.
A Ducks victory tonight could put them in a tie for first place in the Pacific Division as three points will separate five teams. In recent play the Panthers have lost four of six against the ducks with the last game a 3-0 shutout pitched by Jonas Hiller who made 33 saves in that game last February.
The Panthers are coming off a shootout victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night and have been off since. Little Stevie scored the winner in the fourth round enshrining his place in the hearts of those who still love him. The Panthers are last in the Southeast Division and 12th in the conference. Both of those positions would be different if the anemic power play wasn’t 0 for 37.
Tomas Vokoun has a pretty lousy record of 2-8-1 against Anaheim with a 3.29 GAA. Despite that, I would expect him to start, but I also wouldn’t be surprised to see Scott Clemmensen either. When looking at the TSN gameday report, you’ll see that no Panther is listed in the “hot’ section. That’s a problem as David Booth and Michael Frolik need to get going again.
Three games this week with a back to back for tonight and Thursday. the power play needs to get on track and the penalty killing unit needs to get back to where they were a few games ago. however the teams we play on this three game swing won’t make it easy.
On a side note, my softball team backed into the playoffs last night due to a protest. We played a team that used three “ringers”. You know, “softball whores” as the umpire referred to them as. Players that are in a division much higher than ours, which is illegal. We actually lost by a score of 19-16, however when two players left before the final inning started, and the pitcher actually left the mound after throwing one pitch, we knew something was up. We finished the inning and yours truly made the last out. Something that I’m not proud of, but willing to face the media for. Redemption is next week.
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