After a season-high eight-game road trip that saw Anaheim’s Ducks win five of their eight contests, including a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Monday night, it looks like the team may have to change it’s name back to “Mighty Ducks” again.
Coach Bruce Boudreau’s team, at this moment, leads the National Hockey League in points with 25 after 16 games, their overall record being 12-3-1 as they celebrate their 20th year of existence.
While Jonas Hiller has been solid as the starting goalie with his 2.52 goals against average, backup Frederik Andersen sports a perfect 4-0 record, which includes Monday’s triumph over the Rangers.
It’s unrealistic to expect these Ducks to continue this hot streak as it’s a long, grueling 82-game season, but one never knows; it could end up a dream season at Anaheim’s Honda Center.
If they stay healthy.
MEANWHILE – 30 MILES UP I-5 – AS FOR THE LOS ANGELES KINGS:
You can’t say that the once-removed Stanley Cup champions have been chopped liver, as they sport a perfectly respectable 9-6 record about a month into the season.
Unfortunately, that’s only good for fifth place in the Pacific Division as the Kings are looking up at three other teams besides their Duck neighbors: the San Jose Sharks, the Phoenix Coyotes, and the Vancouver Canucks.
Daryl Sutter, the Kings’ head coach, is having to deal with injuries to Jarret Stoll and Jeff Carter, whose five goals is tied with Williams for the team lead. That has undoubtedly hurt the team.
Going forward, the Kings have a good chance to get some points on Thursday when they host the team with the fewest points in the NHL, the Buffalo Sabres.
As it is with their Duck rivals, it’s a long season, so things could be completely different with L.A.’s two NHL teams in the future as their respective fans wait for the big Outdoor Series showdown at Dodger Stadium on January 25, 2014.
That won’t be the only time the two teams meet in the annual Freeway Faceoff this season. Other games between the Kings and the Ducks are scheduled thus:
- Tuesday, December 3 at Honda Center, 7:00 p.m.
- Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Honda Center, 7:00 p.m
- Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, April 14, 2014 at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m. (last regular season game for both clubs)