Count on Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle making more adjustments in Game 2 than his Nashville counterpart, Barry Trotz. That’s the expectation, at least, in light of the Predators’ 4-1 win in Game 1.
The first change figures to be in goal. Ray Emery was the first of the Ducks’ three goalies — four, if you include Igor Bobkov’s late cameo — to leave the ice at the morning skate Friday. Emery’s last playoff game was in this same building on June 6, 2007, when the Ducks beat Emery’s Ottawa Senators in Game 5 to win the Stanley Cup.
There could be more changes in store for the Ducks, but Carlyle declined to say who would be coming out or going into the lineup, if anyone.
Trotz said he has some minor adjustments in store.
“Just a couple things we saw tweaking-wise that we can do a little better, and some things we have to do differently versus some of the things they did,” Trotz said. “But as the game starts, they’ll probably have a couple wrinkles they didn’t have in Game 1. We just have to be prepared. We talked about being prepared — don’t be surprised. I think we’re prepared and ready to go.”
An attitude adjustment might be more crucial to the Ducks’ success than any personnel adjustments.
Ryan Getzlaf confirmed one outside theory about the Ducks’ Game 1 performance: That the intensity that carried the team into the playoffs over the last two months might have been missing at times.
“Maybe a little bit to some extent,” the captain said. “You always run that risk. We worked so hard for a month, month and a half just to get in. You always run that risk of a little bit of a letdown when you feel that you accomplished something. We talked about it a little bit the other day. I think that that’s definitely an attitude that needed to change.”
The morning skate was optional for both teams, so any line combinations here would only represent a guess (likely a bad guess) on my part.
Here’s your quote of the morning, courtesy of Carlyle: “We feel that the uglier Todd Marchant looks, as far as bumps and bruises and cuts and all that, the better he’s played.”
Ladies, we’ll leave that call up to you tonight.