A short road trip ends in Denver tonight as the Anaheim Ducks meet the Colorado Avalanche in the faceoff circle for the last time this season.
As the Anaheim Ducks head into tonight’s game, they still have the taste of last night’s loss in their mouths. The Arizona Coyotes defeated them 6-1 in their first game of a back to back. They must shake the dirt off their feet and go into tonight’s game confident. Win or lose, if they play better than last night, that’s still a step in the right direction.
Game 73: Anaheim Ducks vs Colorado Avalanche
Season Record: 28-35-9
Location: Pepsi Center — Denver, Colorado
Time: 6:00 pm PST
TV: Fox Sports West
Radio: AM 830
Should the Anaheim Ducks Utilize Their Last Month to Try New Things?
The last time these two teams met, just a little more than a week ago, the Ducks defeated the Colorado Avalanche 2-1. The Av’s didn’t particularly look well in their last contest and have since slipped out of the Wild Card race. While a spot in the playoffs is still attainable, they are going to have to work extremely hard over the next few weeks.
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With the Ducks no longer thinking about the playoffs, and the draft in their sights, a win or loss will not really matter for them all that much. However, this is not an excuse for them to slack off. The integrity of the situation still matters.
The Ducks had a difficult game last night against the Coyotes and going forward, the coaching staff should use the next month or so to try new things with the team and take notes for next season. Switch things up on the power play, utilize players in different scenarios, or simply just encourage the players to get creative.
We saw recently in the Nashville game what happens when Ryan Getzlaf shoots instead of passes, Cam Fowler has improved significantly on the right side, and Rickard Rakell has been racking up the points alongside Jakob Silfverberg. Trying new things doesn’t hurt and, at this point, the Ducks have nothing to lose.
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