Posts Tagged ‘Colorado Avalanche’

Followers of this blog should be familiar with certain phrases like gap control, playing a short gap game, third man high, maintaining inside position etc. Ducks forward Daniel Winnick gives us another opportunity to discuss gap control as prepares to meet the Avs later today.

“We need to gap-up as much as we can and take time and space away from quick teams. [The Avalanche] is not the biggest team out there. Usually it kind of kills their will, in a sense.”

Here in this drill you can see gap up explained and practiced by Coach Steve Weiss and the Mississauga Rebels.  See in the live drill how the D-men gap-up to meet the oncoming opposition forward at center ice? The illustration shows the D meeting their check at the blue line. When this happens during a game announcers usually say so and so was caught flat-footed at the blue line.

The video is short, only 3:32 minutes. Checking it out will provide you quality understanding of what you’ll be seeing our Ducks attempting to do in tonight’s game.

Gap up, when combined with backside pressure traps the opposition and leads to turnovers. This is how our Ducks will look to frustrate the very fast and young Avs.

Notes: Avs Coach Joe Sacco has said J.S. Giguerre will likely start tonight. Jiggy is 2-1 against us since his trade to Toronto.
This is the second of back2back road games for the Avs who lost to the Kings last night.
Cam Fowler is cleared to play after missing 8 games following a hit by Jarrett Stoll.

This is our Ducks first game after a 5 day layoff. All eyes are looking to see if our guys can set the tempo or at least match the Avs intensity.

It’s an interesting game on many levels.

 

NHL.com labeled it and Ducks.com promotes it so now its official, “Anaheim’s Viktor Fasth has made a seamless transition to the NHL and is causing perhaps the League’s best goaltender controversy outside of Vancouver.”

One thing about shameless promoters is they never let facts get in the way of a juicy story. There is no goalie controversy on the Anaheim Ducks. There won’t be a goalie controversy unless and until there’s a problem between Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth. Thus far, all the evidence indicates each goalie is a team first guy. Unless and until that changes, there is no goalie controversy involving the Anaheim Ducks. You are well served to ignore unfounded sensationalism. Even when yellow journalism is practiced by our Ducks front office.

OC Register beat reporter Eric Stephens has the straight skinny.

Viktor Fasth is the hot hand. He earned the start tonight by shutting out the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.

The real story on this tilt is that our Ducks are facing a team on a winning streak. Stars have won two straight on the road and three of their last four games.

Our Ducks have won four straight. More importantly, Sheldon Souray summed it up recently saying our Ducks were looking to earn respect around the league.

Tonight our guys face a team that beat them in five of six head to head contests last season. And the Stars, though very different this year, are on a bit of a roll. With the favored to win the Western Conference St. Louis Blues on the docket tomorrow, our Ducks could be looking past the Stars.

Get out your measuring sticks as our Ducks get ready to focus on the game immediately in front of them and dispatch a nemesis of recent seasons.

A subplot is the all time goal scoring race between Jaromir Jagr and Teemu Selanne. Currently, Jagr is tied with Luc Robitaille in tenth spot. T is 12th just five goals behind. Barring injury, both JJ and T should enter the top ten all time this season.

Sheldon Souray visits his former team for the first time this season.