By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks played their best game of the season against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday winning 6-1. Yesterday they followed up that performance with their worst effort of the season against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The opening ten minutes saw no scoring, but two goals by Sam Gagner and Brandon Saad shortly after gave the Blue Jackets an early 2-0 lead. The goals were scored just 21 seconds apart. Columbus added two more goals in the period and Anaheim could never recover after that. There was no scoring for the rest of the game and Anaheim lost 4-0.
Rakell Hopes To Play Soon
Rickard Rakell and Nate Thompson were seen last night at the game from the press box. Rakell is hoping to be ready for the Ducks next game against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. He said his availability for that game depends on how he feels after Monday’s practice. Thompson is still not expected back until February or March.
Today the Anaheim Ducks sent Dustin Tokarski and Shea Theodore back down to San Diego. Both played in last night’s loss to Columbus. Tokarski came in during the third period and played the final 9 minutes and 47 seconds with the game already basically over. He stopped all five shots he faced. Jonathan Bernier will practice taking shots tomorrow and should be a full participate in Monday’s practice.
Theodore played just over 20 minutes last night recording no points with a -1 on-ice rating. He has played in four total games in Anaheim this season with one assist. He was been reassigned to San Diego twice in the past 48 hours. It definitely won’t be the last time we see him in Anaheim this NHL season.
Lindholm Could Return In A Week
As discussed on our latest podcast, General Manager Bob Murray was adamant about re-signing Lindholm and this past week he agreed to a six-year deal worth $31.5 million with Anaheim. Lindholm’s new contract doesn’t contain a no-movement or no-trade clause. Like Rakell, Lindholm has to get his work visa approved before he can officially play for Anaheim. The Ducks could get him back by the end of next week. He has been practicing in Sweden and should be good to go when he returns.
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