The Ducks will have 13 forwards to choose from tonight after Drew Miller got the call-up from Iowa. Miller has been up and down more often than a Honda Center elevator this year and in 15 games for the Ducks, he’s got a goal and six points.
Teemu Selanne’s 1,200th point wasn’t the only major imprint the Ducks left in the record book Wednesday.
The Ducks got the two points they needed to salvage their season, and picked up some style points in the process.
Yet they also gave up a standings point to their opponent by not deciding Wednesday’s 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators until overtime, when Teemu Selanne scored tolet the Ducks live to see another day — as he has done so often in his storied career.
The process of extracting the Ducks’ starting goaltender on any given day from Randy Carlyle has morphed from a source of frustration to a running joke. It gained speed at Tuesday’s morning skate, when Carlyle faced a legitimate choice of who to start with the Ducks facing back-to-back games today against Nashville and Thursday in Phoenix.
The Ducks came to prove that they could compete with one of the Western Conference’s best teams on Sunday. At this point, that’s who will greet them in the playoffs, if they even get there.
More than that, the Ducks just wanted two points against the San Jose Sharks. Old pal Travis Moen and old foe Evgeni Nabokov made sure it didn’t happen.
With all the stakes on the line for the Ducks tomorrow against the Sharks, it’s easy to forget that Travis Moen will come to Honda Center in a San Jose uniform.
It’s a big day in Des Moines, Iowa: The Ducks’ AHL affiliate is getting Troy Bodie back, losing Brendan Mikkelson to Anaheim, and the local Blank Children’s Hospital continues to fetch a nifty charitable contribution from goaltender David LeNeveu. Read all about it here.
The NHL’s board of governors wants to crack down on some fights, not all.