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Ducks Gameday -- Oilers vs. Trailers

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Edmonton Oilers (4-10-4) at Anaheim Ducks (10-9-3), 5 pm
The Copper & Blue and Anaheim Calling -- your 2006 Western Conference finalists (look it up, it's true!)

The Ducks haven't been very inspiring lately -- over the past 4 games (all one-goal losses), they have had only two leads in a game; one lasted 1:38 and second one lasted 0:25 -- neither lead made it to a commercial break.  That's roughly 2 minutes leading compared to some 74 minutes trailing, which has resulted in a lot of make-up effort in 3rd periods.  Over the 4 games, the Ducks have outshot 3rd-period opponents by a total of 60-22, including 41-5 over the past two 3rd periods alone.

If only they could bring some of that play into first periods.  That might require a less lazy captain, though.

Still, the Oilers have only won one of nine games played this month and have allowed 3+ goals in the other eight.  I guess I shouldn't complain.


Some quick Ducks news: Teemu's probably out today -- dammit.  Sex Offender and McMuffin called up; Palmieri's back to Syracuse.  And... huh?

The Ducks acquired left wing Patrick Maroon and right wing David Laliberte from Philadelphia for defenseman Danny Syvret and center Rob Bordson, the team announced Sunday.

Laliberte 24, played 11 games with the Flyers last season and was listed as the organization’s No.2 prospect by The Hockey News entering this season....

[Maroon] was the team’s leading scorer through eight games before he was reportedly dismissed for what the Flyers described as "behavioral issues" and "attitude problems."

See ya, Syvret -- I'll fondly remember you as one of the eleven (!) defensemen the Ducks used in the first quarter of the season (Anaheim's version of training camp, apparently).

Prediction: Ducks put forth a very valiant effort two periods too late.

Go Ducks.