Ducks N Pucks Podcast

Ducks N Pucks Podcast

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A podcast covering the Anaheim Ducks and NHL! Check out our blog at www.ducksnpucks.com for local news about the Ducks! We also answer fan questions! To have your question answered on our podcast, please us a message at twitter @ducksnpucks or Facebook www.facebook.com/ducksnpucks . Please only serious hockey questions!

Episodes

Anaheim: Injuries Start To Mount  


This past week the Ducks beat Tampa Bay and Colorado before losing to Minnesota. The Ducks lost two keys players, John Gibson and Jakob Silfverberg, this week to injuries. Silfverberg was knocked out of the game in Colorado and didn't play in the Minnesota contest. Gibson started the game against the Wild but had to exit early with an injury. Both have upper-body injuries and it's not clear if they will play this week. On this show, we talk about the how the Ducks will have to adjust if Silfverberg or/and Gibson miss significant time. With the All-Star game coming up the timing of these injuries work in Anaheim's favor. We also talk about the format of the All-Star Game and some of the activities leading up to it. Additionally, we also talk about some trade rumors, the Ducks watch party with the NHL Centennial Fan Arena trailer, and we listen to the audio of the hilarious goal call by Craig Elsten of the San Diego Gulls! Don't miss out and listen to the show this week!

Anaheim Continues Defensive Focus  


After a wild win against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Ducks focused on defense and continued to do for the past few weeks. Anaheim has gone 5-1-1 in their last seven games. The Ducks have only given up seven goals during that span and also shutout their opponents three times. John Gibson picked up two shutouts and Jonathan Bernier recorded his first as a member of the Ducks. One area the Ducks could improve on is the power play. Anaheim has only gone 1-for-20 in their last seven games. The Ducks have also struggled in overtime play going 1-8 in the extra session this season. On this show, we take a look at both and how the team can improve each moving forward. Recently the Ducks sent Shea Theodore and Stefan Noesen back to San Diego. Anaheim also acquired Jhonas Enroth from the Toronto Maple Leafs. We analyze these recent moves and how they will impact possible future moves as the trade deadline approaches. Lastly, we talk about the new Adidas jersey policy and Kevin Boyle's new mask.

Life Without Getzlaf  


This past week the Anaheim Ducks played three games at home without their captain Ryan Getzlaf. The Ducks went 2-1-0, winning two games against Detroit and Arizona. They dropped the most recent game to Minnesota. This season the Ducks are 4-2-0 when Getzlaf hasn't played. At today's practice head coach Randy Carlyle focused on the power play unit, which went 0-for-10 this week without Getzlaf. For the season the Ducks are 5-for-19 on the power play when Getzlaf hasn't played in a contest. Getzlaf and Nate Thompson both skated together at practice before the team hit the ice. Carlyle hopes Getzlaf will skate with the team tomorrow. Thompson is still approximately at least month away from being ready. On this week's podcast, Eddy and I talk about the Ducks play with Getzlaf. We take a look at the younger players that are having an impact on the Anaheim roster. We also discuss the World Junior Championship and how Anaheim's prospect Tory Terry helped them earn gold. Additionally, we look at how Randy Carlyle has performed so far this season and how Anaheim can improve for the second half of the season.

Anaheim Roller Coaster  


The Anaheim Ducks finished the month of December mainly on the road with eight of their final nine games away from Honda Center. The Ducks had a pattern of exchanging wins and losses almost every other night. Anaheim then started the new year with a wild victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. The game featured everything from a jerseyless fight, a hat trick, overtime, shootout, and even an appearance by Teemu Selanne. On this show, we discuss the Ducks up and down ride this season. We cover several topics from splitting up Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry to playing seven defensemen and the overtime struggles. We give a mid-season report covering who has done well and who has disappointed for Anaheim. Lastly, we analyze the strengths and weakness of the Ducks team so far.

Anaheim: Defensive Doubts?  


This past week the Anaheim Ducks started a six-game road trip playing against Dallas, Boston, and Detroit. The Ducks went 1-2-0 and gave up 15 goals in just those three games. On this show, we talk about Anaheim's issue with giving up goals in bunches. We analyze the play fo the goalies and team defense recently. With the trade deadline starting to appear on the horizon, we discuss trade rumors around the league. We look at possible players the Ducks may want to pursue and who they may be willing give up in a future move. Last week it was announced that Ron Wilson had a stroke and was recovering. We provide an update on him while looking back at his days as the first head coach of the Mighty Ducks. We also look back at the rivalry between the Ducks and Red Wings as Anaheim played their final game at The Joe this past Saturday.

The Anaheim Gulls?  


The Anaheim Ducks find themselves on a three-game winning streak, defeating Carolina, San Jose, and Ottawa. Anaheim has been getting the job done with almost half of the forward lineup coming from their San Diego Gulls AHL affiliate team. Joseph Cramarossa, Stefan Noesen, Ondrej Kase, Nick Ritchie, and Logan Shaw have filled the third and fourth lines. On this show, we talk about how the Ducks have had to rely on the young players from the Gulls. We discuss the success the younger players are experiencing as Anaheim's line combinations have started to become more consistent recently. We analyze the recent move of sending Ryan Garbutt down to San Diego and discuss potential trade scenarios as the NHL trade deadline begins to appear on the horizon.

Ducks Look To Improve Overtime Play  


The Anaheim Ducks finished their Western Canada trip going 1-1-1. They defeated the Vancouver Canucks and earned one point in an overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers. The Ducks then finished the trip with a terrible loss at the hands of the Calgary Flames. On this week's show, we look at the Ducks struggles in overtime and in secondary scoring. Anaheim has yet to win a game in overtime this season. The Ducks have gone into overtime five times, losing four times during 3-on-3 play and once in the shootout. We take a look the lineup and discuss how some changes could be made to provide more offense. The Ryan Kesler line has been dominant in producing goals, but there is a drop off from the rest of the team's forwards excluding Rickard Rakell. We also talk about several former Ducks on this show, including Travis Moen, J.S. Giguere, and Patrick Maroon.

Ducks Fight Through Controversy  


This past week the Anaheim Ducks went 1-1-1 in their three contests. They lost in a marathon shootout to the New York Islanders 3-2. The Ducks lost to the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 and then beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2. Each game involved a controversial call involving a scoring play. On this week's show, we talk about each play and discuss whether the NHL officials made the correct call or not. We talk about the Ducks performance during these three games and how they responded to the officiating. We talk about the Ducks lineup, player movement, and the expansion draft. Lastly, we talk about Las Vegas' new team name, the Vegas Golden Knights and also share our thoughts on the Florida Panthers firing head coach Gerard Gallant.

Balanced Scoring Necessary For Success  


Last season when the Anaheim Ducks turned around their season it was in large part due to the fact of having three lines that could score. This season it's been the Ryan Kesler line the has provided the most goals with 19. Kesler leads the team with eight goals. Jakob Silfverberg has six goals and Andrew Cogliano has five. The Ryan Getzlaf line has nine goals and the Antoine Vermette line has 11 goals. On this show, we talk about the Ducks amazing 20-0-1 record at home since Kesler joined the team. Anaheim is also 6-0-0 this season when Kesler has scored a goal. We look at the Anaheim lineup discussing who has been performing well and who hasn't. We share our thoughts on how the lineup could be tweaked to achieve maximum potential. We also discuss the new 'John Scott Rule' for the NHL All-Star voting and take a look at what the new Las Vegas team's name could be.

Consistency Is Key  


The Anaheim Ducks saw the return of Hampus Lindholm this week on their road trip. The Ducks went 1-1-1 on the trip ending it with a blowout loss to the Nashville Predators. Of the 16 games the Ducks have played this season, seven of them have been either big wins or big losses. On this show, we discuss how the Ducks have struggled with being consistent. We talk about the scoring disparity in some contests and how the Ducks can improve to avoid letdowns in any given period. We also look at the Ducks overtime woes, as they haven't won in overtime so far this season. In a surprise move to some, the Ducks placed Chris Wagner on waivers today. We analyze this move and how it will impact the lineup. We also evaluate the Ducks current performance through the first 16 games of the season.

Lindholm To Return  


Hampus Lindholm is set to return this week(finally!) as the Anaheim Ducks hit the road. Lindholm posted a photo of himself in flight on his Instagram account. On this week's show, we talk about Lindholm's impact and how the team will play on the upcoming three-game trip. We cover a variety of topics including the goalies, the lineup chemistry, and Anaheim's overall performance in the past week. We also talk about possible trade options in the next few months. We end the show with a segment on the Ducks prospects. Last year's draft picks Max Jones, Sam Steel, and Tyler Soy have all been performing well. We also talk about Julius Nattinen's ridiculous between the legs goal and Brandon Montour's crazy shot output.

The Ducks Are Back On Track  


After starting the season 0-3-1, the Anaheim Ducks have turned it around losing only once in regulation over their past six games. The Ducks have gone 4-1-1 in their last six games with impressive wins over Vancouver, Nashville, and rival Los Angeles. Anaheim saw the return of Rickard Rakell, who dropped three points on the Kings last night in his first game back. General Manager Bob Murray was finally able to get Hampus Lindholm re-signed this past week and he should join the team soon. On this show, we talk about Rakell and Lindholm and how they will impact the lineup and any future trades later in the season. We also analyze the Ducks play through 10 games and how Randy Carlyle has been as the head coach so far.

Can Anaheim Keep The Momentum?  


The Anaheim Ducks started off the season dropping their first four games. The Ducks did turn things around winning their last two over the Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks. But can Anaheim keep the momentum going? We address this on the show as we recap this past week's game and preview this coming week. On this show, we talk about Rickard Rakell's anticipated return, whether Hampus Lindholm will be resigned or traded, and the recent roster changes. We also talk about Teemu Selanne's participation in the Heritage Classic Alumni game.

Anaheim Searches For Winning Combination  


The Anaheim Ducks have gone winless in their first three games(0-2-1). Coach Randy Carlyle has tried different lineups this past week in order to try to get a winning combination. The roster is constantly changing in Anaheim. This past week forwards Joseph Cramarossa and Mason Raymond were both placed on waivers. The Ducks claimed Emerson Etem off waivers from Vancouver and finally re-signed Rickard Rakell. Defensively, Simon Despres was injured in the season opener causing Carlyle to shuffle defensive pairings in the last two games. This week we analyze Anaheim's three losses and preview this week's upcoming games. We talk about the roster moves and some possible line combinations that could help the Ducks moving forward.

Anaheim's Roster Comes Into Focus  


The Anaheim Ducks roster has been narrowed down in the past week. On this show, we talk about who could make the final roster. We look at the possible starting lineup and line combinations the Ducks may go with. We also discuss the Hampus Lindholm and Rickard Rakell situations. Lastly, we analyze what moves the Ducks could look to do as the season approaches.

Opportunities Await Young Players In Anaheim  


With Hampus Lindholm and Rickard Rakell still unsigned, opportunities await younger players to make the Anaheim roster. This past weekend the Anaheim Ducks camp officially started and plenty of new faces were present for the practices and scrimmage. We recap the Ducks camp and discuss what players could potentially make the Anaheim roster. We look at the Lindholm and Rakell situations and how their prolonged contract negotiations could affect Anaheim early on in the season. Additionally, we talk about the Jacob Trouba situation in Winnipeg and how it could impact what happens with Lindholm and Rakell. Make sure to listen towards the end for contest giveaway for two tickets to opening night!

World Cup of Hockey Preview  


The World Cup of Hockey exhibition games are underway. On this show, we talk about the format of the tournament and analyze each group. We take a look at all eight teams, providing our thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of each. We discuss who we think will win each group and make it to the final round. We also talk about the Ducks players in the tournament and how they have performed so far. Rickard Rakell became ill and we mention how this may affect his future participation in the tournament.

Will The Kids Club Curse Continue?  


This week the Anaheim Ducks announced Jakob Silfverberg will be the Wild Wingers Kids Club captain. In the past, previous captains have been traded. On this show, we discuss whether Silfverberg can break the alleged curse and how we think he will perform this season. It was also announced that Corey Perry will join fellow teammate Ryan Getzlaf in the World Cup of Hockey for Team Canada. We talk about both players, the Ducks chances next season, and we answer an interesting fan question about the fans.

Anaheim: Lineup And Trade Options  


The NHL season is closely approaching and the Anaheim Ducks have to begin considering their starting lineup because there are limited trade options available. On this show, we discuss the Ducks potential lineup and whether we think Max Jones will make the team. This past week the Ducks signed Max Jones to an entry-level contract. It was also announced that Hampus Lindholm will join fellow Swede Rickard Rakell in the World Cup of Hockey. We talk about both players and lastly, we look at the few trade options left for Anaheim.

Teemu Time!  


This past weekend Teemu Selanne played in the Athletic Sports Fund of America's(ASFA) Fedorin Cup. Selanne was a last minute addition to the game and he didn't disappoint the fans. He nearly scored a hat trick and almost tied the game on the final shootout attempt. Current Anaheim Ducks Ryan Getzlaf, Andrew Cogliano, and Clayton Stoner also participated in the event. Selanne joins our show to talk about the Fedorin Cup, the Anaheim Ducks, his future, and more. We continue the show by providing updates on Antoine Vermette, Rickard Rakell, Tim Jackman, and Sudarshan Maharaj. We also discuss the World Cup of Hockey, Ducks night at Angel Stadium, and J.D. Power's recent fan study.

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