Anaheim Duck’s Coach Bruce Boudreau went with an all Canadian first line in the Ducks preseason game against the Colorado Avalanche Monday. That strategy paid instant dividends as veteran forward Dany Heatley scored his first Ducks goal in the first minute of the contest. The Ducks went on to win the game 4-0.
Ducks Flying High
This was a fantastic preseason result for the Anaheim Ducks. They kept their foot on the gas and never allowed their opponent to gain any momentum at all. Recently acquired forward Heatley proved his worth and showed he still has plenty to offer his new team.
Rookie Rickard Rakell, Ben Lovejoy and Brandon Bell scored the other goals for the Ducks. Goalie Fredrick Anderson stoned the Avalanche all night long stopping 27 shots to get the shutout win. This victory was just a taste of the depth, talent and scoring ability this team has available.
The only thing that concerns me with this Duck’s team is the amount of penalty minutes that the team accumulated. The Ducks tallied 15 penalty minutes throughout the game. Most of these penalties occurred in the first period. That being said, Colorado’s inability to score on the powerplay is what cost them in this game.
Boudreau must find a way to decrease those penalty minutes, otherwise his team could be in serious trouble moving forward.
If the Avalanche were given that many powerplay opportunities with their starting squad out, this game would’ve been much closer. I really hope forward Perry will smarten up this season and stop taking stupid penalties.
He’s known for chirping and agitating his opponents. But many times in the playoffs last season, those antics ended up hurting the team. I’d much rather see Perry leave his mark on the scoreboard this year.
Regardless of the loss, Avalanche goalie Reto Berra still made 30 saves. He’s certainly a goalie that will benefit the Avalanche moving forward.
Both these organizations have high hopes for the upcoming season. Both teams have coaches that aren’t afraid to mix up their lines and get the most out of their players.
Recently appointed Av’s GM Joe Sakic will be eager to try and improve his team even more this season.
There is no doubt in my mind that these two teams will meet in the playoffs this season. In fact they could be spending most of the season battling for top spot in the Western Conference in my opinion.