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Hampus Lindholm had a pair of assists Saturday.

The blueliner picked up helpers on both Anaheim goals and now has 21 points including eight goals in 47 games. His offensive numbers should get better as he just turned 24.
Feb 18 - 6:46 AM

Anaheim GM Bob Murray thinks that the price to make a deal at or before the trade deadline is too high.

That's if you are buying and the Ducks could be in that position as they are fighting for a playoff spot in the West. "These price tags, it’s ridiculous," Murray said. "And the price tags just seem to keep going up every year. Whatever. Maybe it will get there, maybe it won’t. Time will tell. There’s still enough days left." Stay tuned.
Feb 18 - 6:43 AM

Marcus Pettersson played in his second NHL game Saturday at the expense of Francois Beauchemin.

The Ducks like the former second round pick in 2014 and made Beauchemin a healthy scratch. Pettersson was a minus-one in only 11:46 of action as he was paired with Josh Manson when he saw the ice. "There’s some things that I think he showed," coach Randy Carlyle said of Pettersson’s debut. "He’s not intimidated. He can move the puck effectively. I think that he was nervous and that’ll bleed out of him the more opportunities he gets, the more reps he gets. I think the jury is still out. We’re going to give him an opportunity to have some ice time and to play and join our group. We’ll see how that plays out as we go forward. But it’s basically on a game-to-game basis." He had 14 assists in 44 AHL games so don't look for a lot of offensive upside at this time.
Feb 18 - 6:27 AM

John Gibson stopped 36 of 38 shots in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild.

The Ducks found themselves down 2-1 heading into the third period, but they managed to force overtime thanks to a game-tying goal by Ondrej Kase. Anaheim ended up winning the marathon shootout in the 11th round on a goal by Nick Ritchie. The win improves Gibson's record to 21-15-6 on the season. He'll enter his next appearance with a 2.55 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage.
Feb 17 - 5:19 PM

Ondrej Kase scored a goal in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild.

Kase's goal tied the game at two at the 6:12 mark of the third period. The Ducks forward then added another tally in the shootout to make sure that his team managed to survive another round before teammate Nick Ritchie added the game-winner. Kase finished the night with a team-high six shots on goal in 17:12 of ice time. He's now accumulated nine points in his last seven games. The 22-year-old is up to 16 goals and 30 points in 43 games this season. Corey Perry also found the back of the net for the Ducks in regulation.
Feb 17 - 5:08 PM

Ryan Kesler (lower body) won't play in Saturday's game against the Minnesota Wild.

Kesler clearly hasn't been himself on the ice, so the Ducks have decided to shut him down for this game. He has six goals and two assists in 22 games this season. Kesler is considered day-to-day for now.
Feb 17 - 1:56 PM

John Gibson will get the start in Saturday's game against the Minnesota Wild.

Gibson is coming off a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks on Thursday night. He has a 2-15-6 record with a 2.57 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage this season.
Feb 17 - 1:33 PM

John Gibson is the Ducks' probable starter for Saturday's matinee against the Wild.

Gibson is coming off a very fine 42-save, 3-2 win over a tough Blackhawk team. For the season, Gibson sports a 20-15-6 record with a 2.57 GAA and a .923 SP. All better than average numbers.
Feb 17 - 11:33 AM

Adam Henrique has scored six game-winning goals for the Ducks since Dec. 1.

That's the most in the NHL over that span. While he hasn't put up star numbers since being acquired by Anaheim, he has come through for them in the clutch. "He’s not overwhelmed by the situation," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "That’s the key. Comfort. When players seem to be able to find ways, when the intensity goes up, (where) it doesn’t alter the way they visualize the game. That’s a trait or a skill that separates them from other players. He has what people would call ice water in his veins when he has the puck in certain situations. Where other players would be panicking with the puck to slap it away. He can find people. He’s got a real high hockey IQ."
Feb 16 - 9:48 AM

Marcus Pettersson made his NHL debut Thursday night.

Pettersson was called up from the minors earlier this week and he was a healthy scratch Tuesday against Detroit. The 21-year-old blueliner had two blocks and a plus-2 rating in 13:28 of ice time versus Chicago.
Feb 16 - 2:52 AM

John Gibson stopped 42 of 44 shots in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Gibson and the Ducks found themselves down 2-0 in the second period, but they managed to come back to win in regulation. The Ducks goalie now has a 20-15-6 record with a 2.57 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage this season. He has just one regulation loss in his last four games (2-1-1).
Feb 16 - 12:26 AM

Ondrej Kase scored one goal and two assists in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Ducks were down 2-0 in the second period, but they managed to score three unanswered goals in the second half of the game. Kase helped set up Nick Ritchie's goal and Adam Henrique's tally. He also scored the game-tying goal (2-2) at the 12:18 mark of the second period. Kase has now picked up three multi-point games in his last five games. The 22-year-old has 16 goals and 30 points in 43 games this season.
Feb 16 - 12:19 AM

Kevin Bieksa will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Bieksa has no goals, six assists and a minus-12 rating in 52 games this season. Marcus Petterssson will take his spot in the lineup. J.T. Brown will also watch the game from the press box.
Feb 15 - 8:17 PM

John Gibson will get the start in Thursday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

He has a 19-15-6 record with a 2.58 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage this season. Gibson has dropped back-to-back outings.
Feb 15 - 6:25 PM

Ducks GM Bob Murray hasn't been happy with his team's play this season and that's made them a question mark going into the trade deadline.

With a 27-20-11 record, the Ducks aren't in an ideal position to be a buyer, but they're still close enough to a postseason spot that Murray might be hesitant to sell assets for picks or prospects. "Our team play is not good," Murray said. "It hasn’t been. It’s been so inconsistent all year. We played a home game the other night against San Jose and they played the night before. It looked like it was the other way around. We just didn’t have a good team game. Far too many scoring chances and they controlled the play. … The question becomes, ‘What am I doing here?’" How the Ducks play over the next week and a half could ultimately inform Murray's trade deadline strategy. Anaheim will play in Chicago on Thursday, Minnesota on Saturday, and Vegas on Monday, so those could be seen as important games.
Feb 15 - 4:26 AM


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