Who didn’t love the first Mighty Ducks movie? I regularly use the quote “Quack Quack Quack Mr. Ducksworth, Quack Quack Quack.” In fact, the Devils pulled a play from the movie a few games back and used the Flying V to score a powerplay goal (ok, so it wasn’t from the movie but that was used in the movie). Wonder what ever happened to that Adam Banks kid, he was such a playmaker!! Anyway, lets get to it..
The Matchup: The New Jersey Devils (11-4-0) vs. the Anaheim Ducks (6-7-2). This is the first and only meeting of the season.
New Jersey’s Last Game: Probably the most impressive road victory this season. Down 2-0 to the Senators, the Devils scored three (count em..3!!) power play goals to stretch their road record to 8-0. I thought the Devils regrouped very well after getting down early and really put the foot down on the Sens throat.
Anaheim’s Last Game: Knocked off the Coyotes 4-3 but allowed the Coyotes to score 3 goals in an 8 minute span in the third period.
Tonight’s Matchup: Unfortunately, this won’t be a Rob vs Scott game or a Rob vs his old team game because Rob Niedermayer is still out with an injury. Matt Correntte has been recalled from Lowell so it should be interesting to see where he fits into the picture. Elias who missed the Sens game (just because Jaques didn’t want him playing back to back games right away) will be in the lineup tonight against the Ducks.
The Devils need to just continuing doing the things they’ve been doing lately. They are coming off 5 straight victories including 2 straight wins at home. This is an important game for the Ducks so I am sure they will be ready. The Ducks are the league’s 3rd worst PK team and the Devils PP has been on fire as of late so hopefully the Devils will get some PP chances tonight and continue building confidence on their PP.
Since this is the only meeting with the Ducks this season, this is the only time I get to share my favorite goal against the Ducks. It was back in 2003, Game 7 with only a few minutes to go, the Devils were already up 2-0 but Jeff Friesen sealed the game, the victory and the cup with a quick shot (his 2nd goal of the game) that beat Jiggy. Friesen wasn’t a major contributor during the 2003 season but he was Mr. Clutch when it came to the post-season.