With the Stanley Cup Playoffs starting tomorrow for the Detroit Red Wings I decided it would be a good idea to get some insight on our enemy, the Anaheim Ducks.
Sean McCauley from Pucks of a Feather was gracious enough to answer a few question about the Ducks, who will have an impact on the series, and who will be victories.
How long will Bruce Boudreau wait to replace a goalie if he is struggling in net?
That’s a very good question and one that will be on everyone’s mind if whoever is deemed starter struggles early on. He has shown confidence in both Fasth and Hiller, so, if it comes down to it, I don’t think he would have a problem with making a change. I don’t think he would switch goalies after one bad game. But then again, you don’t want to have a goalie who isn’t playing well in for two whole games in the playoffs because that can really hurt you.
Which player from the Ducks should the Red Wings fear?
Well, the top three of Ryan, Getzlaf and Perry. But, outside of them, I would say young guys Cam Fowler and Kyle Palmieri. Fowler has struggled at times with his offensive game. However, as the end of the season drew near, he really started to regain confidence and his offensive impact is at it’s peak of the season. Palmieri is a guy who peppers the net. He’s been a scorer at every level he has played and he is one of the guys who can provide secondary scoring if needed. He has a great nose for the net and a sneaky shot.
Which player from the Red Wings should the Ducks fear?
Pavel Datsyuk would be my obvious choice because he is one of the most skilled players in the world. He’s got the best hands and is the best two-way forward. However, I am going to go with Jimmy Howard because I think he is a goalie that can definitely steal some games. He’s also peaking at the right time. 4-0-0 in his last four games with a 0.75 GAA and a .969 SV%. Those are some gaudy numbers to entire the playoffs with.
Can Anaheim recover from their last meeting against Detroit or the three misconducts still be fresh in their minds?
I think the Ducks have enough of a veteran presence to where that won’t be in their minds. The veteran leaders have done a great job with some of the younger guys on the team. I also think the Boudreau is a guy who will make sure guys are focused ‘on the now’ and if they are not, then he will ‘get at them.’
What is your prediction on the series?
It’s no secret the Ducks stormed out to a hot start, carried by offensive depth. That tailed off as the season went along. Now, they seem to be starting to pick it up again, but it is still a bit of a concern. The Red Wings came to Anaheim earlier in the season at the most opportune moment for them. That was right when the secondary scoring started to tail off. They play the Ducks well. The Red Wings can definitely take this series. However, I say Ducks take it in 7.
A big thank you to Sean over at Pucks of a Feather for answering these questions and letting us into the mind of a Duck fan, it is not as bad as I thought it would be. Be sure to check them out.