The Kings and Ducks were eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but there can still be a Freeway Series showdown this spring between their American Hockey League teams. The Kings’ affiliate, the Ontario Reign, and the Ducks club, the San Diego Gulls, are each one victory away from advancing to the Pacific Division final in the Calder Cup playoffs.
The Reign took a 2-1 lead in their best-of-5 series with a 3-1 victory Thursday over the San Jose Barracuda in Game 3. Adrian Kempe scored two goals for the Reign, who can eliminate the Barracuda with a victory in Game 4 on Friday in Ontario.
The Gulls defeated the Texas Stars 6-1 in Game 3 on Thursday to take a 2-1 lead in their series. Chris Wagner scored a goal and had two assists and Shea Theodore had three assists for the Gulls, who face Texas in Game 4 on Friday in San Diego.
The Ducks returned rookie defenseman Shea Theodore to the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League on Saturday. He had three goals and seven points and a plus-7 defensive rating in his first 17 games in the NHL this season. He made his debut Dec. 29 against the Flames in Calgary. He also had eight goals and 31 points in 47 games with the Gulls this season.
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said Sunday that injured defensemen Kevin Bieksa and Sami Vatanen were “questionable” to play Monday against the Devils at the Honda Center. Korbinian Holzer and Clayton Stoner will replace them if they can’t play against New Jersey
Bieksa suffered a lower-body injury during a 5-2 defeat Friday against the St. Louis Blues. Vatanen was forced from Wednesday’s loss to the Colorado Avalanche because of an upper-body injury. Boudreau wasn’t sure when they might play again, but called them “day to day.”
“I don’t think either of them is long term at all,” Boudreau said. “I think it’s a short term thing and, hopefully, they’ll both be back before the end of the week. Right now, it’s just day to day.”
Boudreau said he didn’t know if there was any consideration made to recalling Shea Theodore or Brandon Montour from the Ducks’ American Hockey League team in San Diego.
The Ducks on Wednesday sent Shea Theodore, a 20-year-old defenseman, to the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League. How long he stays with the Gulls is open to debate. It’s likely that Theodore practices with the Gulls and then plays in Friday’s game against the Ontario Reign in San Diego and then returns to the Ducks in time for Monday’s post-All-Star break practice.
Theodore has scored two goals and six points in 13 games since he was recalled from San Diego. He made his NHL debut Dec. 29 against the Flames in Calgary. He had four goals and 16 points in 27 games to start the season with the Gulls. He was the Ducks’ first-round pick in the 2013 draft (26th overall).
Key play: Shea Theodore’s first NHL goal broke a 1-all tie at 15:05 of the third period and the Ducks took a 4-1 victory Wednesday from the Ottawa Senators at the Honda Center. Theodore’s first point came in his eighth game since he was recalled from San Diego of the AHL.
Pivotal performer: Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf’s errant neutral zone pass freed the Senators’ Curtis Lazar for a tying breakaway goal late in the second period and resulted in Getzlaf’s demotion from the top line to the fourth in the third period. Getzlaf then assisted on Theodore’s go-ahead goal.
Quote, unquote: “It took a couple of games to get it and the guys were on me, but it feels good to get the first one out of the way,” Theodore said of his first goal. “I kind of panicked after. It felt good. … Huge. … Pretty special. It’s been a while and I’ve been thinking about it, but it feels good.”
Streak-breakers: Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano scored his first goal since Nov. 27 against the Chicago Blackhawks, a second-period shot off the rush that beat Senators goalie Craig Anderson for a 1-0 lead. Cogliano snapped a 17-game goal drought. Carl Hagelin ended a nine-game drought with a third-period goal that made it 3-1 and Jakob Silfverberg’s goal that extended the lead to 4-1 was his first in 13 games.
Dropping the gloves: Ducks defenseman Josh Manson earned a decision during a first-period fight with the Senators’ Mark Borowiecki and Patrick Maroon of the Ducks fought to a draw during a second-period scrap with the Senators’ Chris Neil.
Defenseman Cam Fowler suffered a sprained right knee during the first period of the Ducks’ 4-2 victory Sunday over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Honda Center. The Ducks couldn’t say Monday how long he might be sidelined, however. They did say they expect to learn more about his layoff later in the week. He wasn’t immediately placed on IR, and wasn’t available for comment Monday.
“I think we all consider him one of our top defensemen,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said before the team left Monday for a three-game trip to play the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks. “You lose him for any length of time, and I don’t know what the time-frame is, it’s going to hurt.”
Fowler scored three goals and 12 points with a minus-11 defensive rating in 34 games before he was injured. He had an assist on Ryan Getzlaf’s power-play goal in the first period Sunday, but could not finish the game.
The Ducks recalled defenseman Shea Theodore from San Diego of the AHL.
The San Diego Gulls were on their way back home from a fight-filled 4-1 loss to the Bakersfield Condors in an AHL game Sunday, but they had to make a detour off I-5 to drop defenseman Shea Theodore off at an Anaheim hotel. The Ducks recalled Theodore on Monday to replace an injured Cam Fowler.
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said “there’s a good chance” the 20-year-old would make his NHL debut during a three-game trip to Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. Theodore, a first-round draft pick in 2013 (26th overall), has been recalled twice already by the Ducks. He hasn’t made his debut yet, however.
“I feel like I’ve been playing pretty strong,” Theodore said. “It would be awesome to get in the lineup. Hopefully, I’m able to do that.”
Theodore scored four goals and 16 points in 27 games with the Gulls this season.
The reports on Theodore have been very positive, according to Boudreau.
“He’s been a very good quarterback on the power play,” Boudreau said of Theodore. “That’s been his strength his whole life. He practiced with us a few weeks back and it gave him a litle taste of it. If he plays, I think he’ll do well.”
One of these days defenseman Shea Theodore will make his NHL debut. Monday wasn’t that day. Neither will be it Wednesday. The Ducks on Tuesday reassigned the 20-year-old prospect to their American Hockey League team in San Diego, where he has two goals and 11 points in 19 games for the Gulls.
The Ducks on Sunday recalled defenseman Shea Theodore from their American Hockey League team in San Diego. Will he play this time? The Ducks have promoted Theodore already this season, but he hasn’t made his much-anticipated debut as of yet. He has two goals and 11 points in 19 games with the Gulls. The Ducks play host to the Vancouver Canucks on Monday. The 20-year-old is a British Columbia native and played junior hockey on this side of the border in Seattle.
The Ducks recalled 20-year-old defenseman Shea Theodore from their American Hockey League team in San Diego on Tuesday. It appeared Theodore’s promotion from the Gulls to the Ducks was precautionary, what with Josh Manson out sick for Monday’s 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Korbinian Hozler took Manson’s spot in the lineup. Theodore has yet to make his NHL debut and general manager Bob Murray said last spring he wouldn’t rush the top prospect.
Theodore has one goal and eight points with a plus-4 defensive rating in 13 games for the Gulls. Overall, he has played in only 26 games in parts of two seasons in the AHL after the Ducks drafted him in the first round in 2013 (26th overall). He was the Defenseman of the Year in 2014-15 while playing for Seattle in the junior-level Western Hockey League.