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Just the facts Ma’am highlights:

Coach said it was very difficult to motivate the team during the slump because of their position in the standings. The idea settled in that they weren’t catching Chicago and had too big a lead on the teams behind them.
Given how quickly they turned it around when the Kings reached striking distance, Gabby might be right.
I don’t think anybody ever knows what causes slumps. You’re sure glad when it’s over though.

Teemu has the night off against Vancouver and may or may not take it. Coach said “some of our high-profile guys will sit out.” Bobby Ryan, who’s dropped some weight with the flu, is expected to go Saturday in the season finale.I don’t know what Vancouver will do but teams tend to give out games off after wining their division.

As to who will be playoff goalie, Coach seemed to indicate that he will go with the hot hand. Hiller is the likely starter but that too is subject to change. Hilly draws the Canucks. Fasth the Coyotes. The rotation would go back to Hiller to start the playoffs.
Worthy of note, Boudreau said that the goalies are very supportive of each other and more importantly, Coach thinks it’s genuine.

Notes: Ducks also have a logjam of players competing for spots on the fourth line. Steckel will center ahead of Matthew Lombardi. Etem, Belleskey, Dvorak and Staubitz battle for the wingman spots.
Luca Sbisa is the odd man out on the blue line.  As he did earlier in the season for Cam Fowler, Bryan Allen is providing a stay@home steadying influence allowing Sami Vatanen to play a little rover D. Don’t look for Vatanen to come out unless he slumps badly.

 

Cory Schneider through a shutout. Dan Sedin had the winning goal and an assist. Henrik Sedin registered two assists.

Ducks were absolutely dominant even strength. Schneider stood off the onslaught.

About the middle of the first Canucks got under the skin of our guys. We started grumbling and parade to the sin bin began. Ducks were called for 9 minor penalties, Canucks just 3. I saw at least four minors that Canucks committed but weren’t called.

Not sure why it is but our Ducks start complaining and wham, we’re on a parade to the sin bin. I don’t know what is said or why the so-called professional refs react that way. Fact is, it’s on our guys. We bring it on ourselves. You have to be on the ice to hear it exactly. Obviously though, we push too far.

Brian Hayward, as he so often does, said it best, “When you fall behind 2-0, you don’t start punching people in the head and yelling at the ref. You tidy up the things that you’re doing.”

“In all we gave them 14 minutes of PP time,” said Bruce Boudreau following the game.

Canucks deserve credit. Their three PP goals came on the same play. Two were passes through Hiller’s crease, from his glove to stick side. The third was across the top of the crease, glove to stick side. Hazy pointed out that those passes are especially difficult for a goalie to deflect or corral. It isn’t just the goalie but he is main guy responsible for the puck anytime it’s in his crease. The two D-men are equally responsible though. One for not covering the passing lane. The other for letting a guy get the one-timer off after the pass beat two of his teammates.

It’s BackCheck’s Rule, you can always identify at least two mistakes on a play before the puck goes in.

The good news is that we face Nashville tomorrow night. We have to get this game behind us quickly.

Vancouver followed up getting blown out in their home opener with a SO loss to the Oilers and SO win over Calgary. The Nucks second line is decimated while anchor Ryan Kesler is out indefinitely and winger David Booth will be nursing a pulled groin for the next four to six weeks.
With those injuries impacting the Canucks secondary scoring the D has stepped as Alexander Edler (2) and Dan Hamhuis (1) have three of Vancouver’s seven goals. Zack Kassian, acquired from Buffalo last season for Cody Hodgson, has two.

In the first three games of the season the issue in Vancouver isn’t secondary scoring. Daniel Sedin has one goal while brother Henrik and Alex Burrows have yet to score. The strategy to beating the Nucks remains the same. Stop the Sedins.

While Coach Boudreau tell us fans he likes to roll four lines the thing he doesn’t say is how he uses the D to match up against the opposition’s best forwards. Every coach, from house league Mites to the NHL, matches D against opposition forwards. Gabby has two ways of matching up from the D. The pair of Beauchemin/Lydman or Bryan Allen.
On the other bench, Vigneault will be trying to get the Sedins over the boards against Sbisa/Souray. Forget rolling the lines, this is the real cat and mouse game between the respective brain trusts.

Look for Beauchemin/Lydman to take the assignment, along with the KCW line, at least to start against the Sedin Line.

The tendency between these two teams is lots of scoring. In eight of the last games against Vancouver Ducks have scored 4 or more goals. A caution to bettors, past performance is no guaranty of future results, and Cory Schneider is particularly motivated to the shut down our Ducks after giving up 5 goals last weekend.

The teams won’t play the rubber game until April 25.

The other roster intrigue will be who centers Selanne and Ryan, Bonino or Rakell.

Per AnaheimDucks.com it would appear that Bones is getting the start with Rakell a healthy scratch. Holland will center Matt Beleskey and Devante Smith-Pelly. Lest Bonino get too comfortable Coach had this to say about Peter Holland:

“We’d love to see what his compete level is. I’d like to see a solid game from him. And if someone in the top-three centers goes out, he’s a guy that can easily replace them with his offensive ability.”

Ryan Getzlaf was excused from the morning skate. Rakell took the Captain’s spot in the line drills.

Ducks second and fourth line roster spots are fluid.  A decision will need to be made on Rakell fairly quickly. The young Swede is up with our Ducks for five games before a decision must be made on whether to keep him or return him to Junior.