Why The Ducks, Suck!
Last night TC_4 and myself went to the Oilers/Ducks game. This was my first opportunity to finally see the Ducks for myself without the like of the TV. As I watched the game I increasingly became more and more frightened by what I saw. Other then a pretty solid 10 mins in the second, the Ducks show no sign of life and was THE WORST GAME THEY PLAYED THIS SEASON.
Why do I make such a statement like that? Well for those who did see it, you would have noticed them not finishing checks, they were chasing the Oilers around all night and they could really get any kind of momentum going.
Mike Babcock said it best. “Its not like were not getting the chances and opportunities, it’s just that we are not capitalizing on those chances”. This has been the Ducks problem all season. They haven’t been given the opportunity to catch those breaks because they can’t seem to score when they need to.
Furthermore, they lost Kariya who they built there system around, however recieved a better player in Fedorov. Babcock had been quoted at the start of the season saying,(some para-phrase) I am glad I have someone like Sergei, cause its alot easier building a team around a Center like him.
That statement leads me to my next and most important point. Babcock is playing Fedorov too much. I know it may be a shocking statement, but it’s true. When he was in Detroit I believe his average of ice time per night was about 16 to 19 mins a night. A pretty reasonable amount for a player. Well here is his numbers for last night.
– Shifts (29) first last night
– Minutes (22:12) second to Havelid (24:24)
– Shots (5) which isn’t a suprise
– PP minutes (3:32) Sykora/Prospal had (3:14)
A reason he came to the Ducks was to get more ice time and to be the got to guy. But by 5 minutes into the 3rd Fedorov doggin it and going half-ass the rest of the game. His season average ice time is forth on the team with (21:32) but I believe it’s affecting his play.
He is without question a better all-around player then Kariya who in Colorado who is playing 4 minutes less then Fedorov… although he was injured.
Finally I think a good conclusion to sloving this is having Babcock playing all 4 lines regularly. Where the center for the forth line had (8:11) Mikael Holmqvust. Babcock really all night were playing 2 and a half lines. Qbviously Feds was most and Rucchins was second. Then he(Babcock) had the 3rd line alternate Lupal and McDonald who both averaged 14minutes.
I know the Ducks won’t make the playoffs this seaosn. They will struggle with offence averaging about a 2.058 goals a game… second lowest in the league, and goal-tending has struggled.
Perhaps a deal is in place for the future. Mike Comrie to the Ducks for J.S Giguere. Ducks need offence help and accoring to Philly they need a goalie unless you talk to Clarke.
But that is a couple reasons on why the Ducks suck.
P.S. I didn’t proof-read so for all the upper-class cool guys who love to point out spelling mistakes and point out grammatical errors… save it for another time cause no one wants to hear it.