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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News for Saturday - Game Day Preview and a few other things....

So, I have been a bit lazy in writing my usual notes here.  But now that the major part of the holidays are past, you can expect my comments again.  The Ducks have been playing great since Scott has come back.  Some of the articles below get into some of the specifics of how important his return has been.  So onto the news!

Scott for MVP?

On Thursday night, though, he managed to get my wheels spinning. We had just got home from my mom's birthday dinner in time to catch Doug Weight score the winner against the Oilers, and my dad offers, "You know, if the Ducks keep this up, that Niedermayer guy should be a shoo-in for the MVP."
My brother and I immediately laugh it off. "No way," I reply. "They'll never give it to a guy who misses 34 games voluntarily. It's not even possible."

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Scott takes a day off

And, on Friday, Scott Niedermayer rested.
It was what the Ducks, in particular Coach Randy Carlyle, are fond of calling "maintenance." No cause for alarm but more an eye fixed on the schedule -- back-to-back games starting here tonight and Sunday in Vancouver -- to merit the defenseman sitting out practice.

The Ducks haven't lost in regulation (4-0-1) since he returned, so it has been so very simple, right? No, Niedermayer just makes it look that way.
"It hasn't been easy, there's no question," said Niedermayer, who logged 21 minutes 37 seconds against the Oilers on Thursday. "There's been a few different issues I'm working through."

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Game Day Preview

Corey Perry notched his team-leading 20th goal for the Ducks, who have won a season-high tying four games in a row overall as well. Jean-Sebastien Giguere needed just 15 saves to pick up his 15th win of the season.
Anaheim is 9-9-1 as the road team this year and will wrap its trek on Sunday in Vancouver.
Calgary has lost three in a row overall and begin a three-game homestand tonight. The Flames were on the road Thursday, but fell in defeat, 5-3, against the Canucks to snap a six-game road winning streak.

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