Ducks’ 3rd Line Impresses

Photo: Karl B DeBlaker, AP

Photo: Karl B DeBlaker, AP

By Michael Walters

Last night, despite the loss, there was a flashback of the Anaheim Ducks from last season. The Ducks dropped 40 shots on Pekka Rinne, who had to make some great saves to prevent the Ducks from tying the game late. Anaheim outshot Nashville 30 to 13 after the first period and sustained tremendous pressure on the forecheck.

The Ducks were known as the comeback kids of last season and the year before. In the 2014-15 season, the Ducks had 24 come from behind wins and in the 2013-14 season, the Ducks had 26. It looked like the Ducks might make a come back last night if not for the solid play of Rinne in net.

Third Line Provides Energy

The third line of Andrew Cogliano, Shawn Horcoff, and Carl Hagelin has impressed on this road trip. In the game against Carolina, the three combined for two goals and five assists. They factored in on three of the Ducks four goals with Horcoff and Hagelin each getting a goal. Last night the line didn’t score, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort. The trio combined for six shots on net and some great scoring chances. Hagelin had a breakaway in which Rinne had to made two good stops. Cogliano even had a chance on the play as Hagelin’s pass bounced over Cogliano’s stick and could have been an easy slam dunk goal. Cogliano also had his own breakaway in which Rinne was equal to the task on that attempt. Bruce Boudreau would be wise to keep this line together for the rest of the road trip and hopefully the season.

Cause For Concern?

Frederik Andersen has dropped his last three starts giving up 11 goals. In his last three starts his SV% was .830% and he has given up at least one soft goal in each contest. This has raised the eyebrows of some who wonder if John Gibson should be called up. Gibson has played in 10 games with the Gulls posting a 7-1-1 record with a GAA of 2.20 and .925 SV%. The question is if Gibson was to be called up, then who would be sent to San Diego. There is no easy answer to that question with Andersen being the Ducks number one goalie and having played well until recently. Also Anton Khudobin has won two of his last three starts. He also came in relief of Andersen last night blocking all shots he faced. Khudobin has only given up one goal in almost five periods of play in the Ducks’ back-to-back games.

What’s New?

Shea Theodore was re-assigned to the San Diego Gulls. It appears that Josh Manson may be over the flu like symptoms.

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