I'll agree with that statement partially. The first two games the powerplay was attrocious. But it has been better these last two games.
I've never been one of these "It's just pre-season" type of people. I expect them to do well every time they step on the ice. And it just seems that the last 4 days that there has been ZERO effort.
RC and Murray are "It's just pre-season" type of people.
They will give a taste of NHL to the youngsters for motivation and don't think the vets benefit much from skating around in half-assed competition (while risking injury).
Still, some players need to kick into gear and earn their keep.
So don't sweat it to much, "The real Ducks of Orange County" haven't premiered yet.
Selanne and Koivu will never gel... they both give the puck away every time they touch it.
Well first off, I think it's way early to tell (among the other worries) at this point. Second, I also think it's a bit unrealistic from Ana fans to expect Koivu and Selanne carry this team as duo and collecting 2 pts a game...
Not defending a bad game and didn't see last night's performance. The one goal but -3 isn't exactly looking good. Also, what I've been reading from the Finnish newspapers' interviews lately, Carlyle has been giving the team really hard time lately (in training) and both have stated that skating just doesn't feel good in games after, say, first period as they've been pushing so hard in practice. I think you all know how Teemu takes care of his training, so when Koivu and Selanne are saying that they're been on the limits and exhausted I give them the benefit of doubt at this point...
Furthermore, people have been all over the place about their national team magic (rightfully so), but forget it wasn't just these two who complimented each other so well. Some of you might have heard of the player called Jere Lehtinen, although he's definitely one of the most underrated players in NHL over the last 15 yrs. Three time Selke winner and exceptional all-around player, who was an integral part in Selanne-Koivu magic. It's not the first time we've seen this - when Dallas won the SC in 1999, their phenomenal first line was Hull-Modano-...yes, Lehtinen. Might find some similarities there...
The reason I'm pointing this out is to make people realize they still can be a dangerous duo, but the line would need to be well balanced and requires defensive minded forward too. Not sure Lupul would be the right player to balance this line out, but what other options Anaheim has got, you fans might know better?
I think simmons visor got the best of him becasue it looked like he was skating off kind of protecting his hand.
This preseason is really scaring me. I would understand if it's the rookies but it's the "nhl players" who have not even been able to string together 2 passes.
Simmonds hit him with an uppercut that immediately dropped McCarthy to his knees where he stayed for quite awhile. The replay on the jumbotron showed that the uppercut looked to land right on the cheek.
I don't recall McCarthy throwing a punch. It could have been his hand but he was definitely hurt.