The Ducks’ march to trade-deadline sellers begins.
In somewhat of a surprise move, the Ducks brought up Hermosa Beach native Brian Salcido from Iowa and sent defenseman Brett Festerling back to the AHL.
It’s a game where you wonder if nothing is sacred in hockey, like the Kings falling short in the crunch, the Ducks dominating opponents on their home ice, and Scott Niedermayer providing steady, disciplined leadership.
Defenseman Brendan “Phil” Mikkelson got the call-up from Iowa for tonight’s game against the Kings, and he is expected to join the team on their six-game road trip beginning Friday in Detroit.
In 14 games in January, Bobby Ryan notched a point in all but two. It was quite a streak, one that earned him NHL Rookie of the Month honors, and brought him on the doorstep of the rookie scoring lead.
Ryan has since cooled off in February. Before his goal and assist in Sunday’s loss to Atlanta, he had just a goal to show in the first five games of the month.
Randy Carlyle said today that center Samuel Pahlsson, who is battling a viral infection, will not join the Ducks at the outset of their six-game road trip beginning Friday in Detroit.
“The preliminary talks are, he’ll be another couple days” before Pahlsson can begin practicing with the team, Carlyle said. “He might quite possibly join us on the trip.”
Pahlsson has missed six straight games, during which Todd Marchant has taken his place on the team’s checking line.
It’s tempting to assign that slogan, or some variation on it, to tomorrow’s installment of the “Freeway Face-off” at Honda Center.
After three straight years in which a win for the Ducks was just another win, and a loss for the Kings was just another loss, the two teams find themselves separated by just four points in the standings. That adds more significance to the game than any marketing-department hatched slogan could.
Atlanta Thrashers came into Honda Center looking like the Atlanta Thrashers —
at the first stoppage of play eight seconds into the game, they got hit with a
two-minute bench minor for handing in an incorrect lineup card.
long, they looked like the Detroit Red Wings.