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12-01-2012, 01:45 PM
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COLUMBUS, ANAHEIM BATTLE FOR 29TH PLACE TONIGHT
November 14, 2012

To say things have not gone well in Anaheim (2-12-2) is a bit of an understatement. With just 2 wins through their first 14 games including the fewest goals for at 1.93 per game and most goals allowed at 4.21 per game, the Ducks are looking like they're a lock for a lottery pick this season. Jonas Hiller and Jeff Deslauriers have both been putrid; the former posting a 3.58 GAA and 89.5 SV% thus far while the latter has posted even less impressive numbers with a 4.64 GAA and 86.5 SV%.

Outside of Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan, the Ducks have had much difficulty scoring. Former Maurice Richard winner Corey Perry has yet to find the back of the net while the 42-year-old Finnish Flash has just 4 points through 14 games.

Meanwhile in Columbus (4-8-0), the goaltending has been solid, but the team has lacked scoring punch, losing many 1-goal games as a result. Steve Mason has posted solid numbers so far boasting an impressive 92.2 SV%, although his GAA is a little on the high side at 2.64 due to Columbus allowing an average of 32.2 shots per game so far (compared to 28.8 shots for). Mason, along with long-time Blue Jacket R.J. Umberger and rookie Captain Ryan Murray, comprise the few bright spots at this point in the season. Umberger has scored 7 goals and added 2 helpers in the first 12 games while Ryan Murray, despite not posting spectacular offensive numbers, leads the team by a mile in the plus/minus category at +8 (the next highest is +3).

The two underachieving teams will faceoff at 7 PM tonight in Anaheim likely in front of a less-than-full Honda Center.


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