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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News for Thursday - Non Game News

More info on Pahlsson via MVN

He had hernia surgery that was supposed to correct the problem. As a result of the surgery, he missed the first five games of the season after having played 275 consecutive games for the Ducks. In spite of his medical issues, Pahlsson was still a finalist for the Selke award last year for best defensive forward, an award he should have won hands down.

The surgery did correct part of Pahlsson’s problems, but did not correct everything.

Read the rest here - Link

BOC has a great analysis of Powerplay goals allowed by the Ducks and our rivals to the north

One thing that really caught my eye over at BTN's blog, though, was tracking shots and goals from where they are taken on the ice. This is a pretty fascinating new layer of data, and while its accuracy or its usefulness is still being explored, I think it's pretty darn cool that the data is being collected. It may not mean much just yet, but I think it's day is coming.
As an example, I asked Gabe in the comments of his blog whether it would be possible for him to run some shot and goal charts for the BoC teams, specifically on their 4-on-5 penalty kills. Why the PK? Well, just for starters we've observed this year how the Sharks are killing penalties with ease, whereas the Ducks and Kings have struggled in that area. Perhaps by looking at the shot charts side-by-side maybe some aspect might become apparent--some difference in how the different PK units are allowing shots, and which shots are becoming goals.

See all the great details here - Link

Anaheim Duck Fan has a sneak peak at the City of Anaheim float that will feature the Stanley Cup

The City of Anaheim is sponsoring a float in the Roses Parade on New Years Day.
On the float is a replica Honda Center and riding down the parade route on the 1st is going to be the Stanley Cup. I was hopeful that the Stanley Cup would be appearing before the 31st, and had been told this morning that the Rose Parade was talking to the Ducks about having a player standing with the Cup for the Judging on the 31st. I have been told by a Ducks representative, who was here today, that the Cup will not be here before the first, and that no Ducks player will be here either.

See some pictures and more details here - Link

Ace Got Skills update

The next edition of Ace’s Got Skills will be here in January! Last year’s edition saw four of the eleven youth players representing the Ducks come home with titles at the National Championships in New York City. Several youth players will hope to duplicate that success, taking the first steps at local competitions held in January. 

The three local events will be held Jan. 10 from 5:45-8:45 p.m. at Anaheim Ice, Jan. 11 from 6-9 p.m. at the Glacial Garden Skating Arena and Jan. 12 from 3:15-6:15 p.m. at the Aliso Viejo Ice Palace. Anaheim Ducks players Corey Perry and Kent Huskins will be present on the ice to participate and give instruction to participants.

Read the rest here - Link