Backlund Propels Flames to 2-1 Victory over Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mikael Backlund scored with 11:03 left, Cam Talbot made 29 saves and the Calgary Flames rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night. Mikael Backlund, Calgary Flames (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Backlund got a pass from Matthew Tkachuk on a 2-on-1 rush after a neutral zone […]

Ducks Defense Causing Offense to Struggle

To start the 2018-19 NHL season, the Anaheim Ducks have accumulated nine points in six games. It’s their best start since the 2014-15 season and they lead the Pacific Division. One major problem persists, though — the Ducks are winning games in an unsustainable way. Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle has seen his team struggle to […]

Gibson’s Hot Start Is Saving the Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks are starting out the season 3-0-0, although they haven’t made it easy on themselves. They have difficulty sustaining pressure in the offensive zone, and can’t seem to contain their opponents in the defensive zone. This kind of play has lead to an astounding league-worst minus-70 corsi rating. For most teams, that kind […]

Don’t Let the Ducks Fool You

At first glance, things are looking up for the Anaheim Ducks. Despite once again facing a number of injuries, the club has won its first two games and seen a nice infusion of youth. Leading the way in that regard has been Max Comtois, a 19-year-old winger who was a second-round draft pick (50th overall) […]

Five Fantasy Goalie Values

Earlier this week, we at the Hockey Writers took a stab at ranking all 31 starting NHL goalies. But what ranking would be complete without some fantasy analysis? During the process, we discovered some goalies that were sorely overlooked in fantasy drafts, meaning they would be significant values for those who were well informed. If […]

Ducks Have Future Core With Maple Leafs Help

Good relationships can be hard to find in the NHL, but the Anaheim Ducks have struck gold with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Despite the fact that they couldn’t be any further apart geographically, the two teams have developed a warm relationship, warm enough to make 15 trades since 2010. While the Leafs have benefited, acquiring […]

Fantasy Hockey: Goalie Rankings and Draft Strategy

David Petrie’s rankings can be found on The Hockey Writers and will be up shortly on Fantasy Pros as well. Defence rankings and a top 250 rankings will be posted in August. These 2018-19 fantasy hockey goalie rankings are based on standard categories, including wins, goals against average, save percentage and shutouts. Andrei Vasilevskiy TB […]

Ducks Set to Battle Sharks in Round One

It’s been a roller-coaster journey, but the Anaheim Ducks managed to qualify for the postseason for the sixth consecutive year. They will even have home-ice advantage in the first round after that notion seemed like a pipe dream for the majority of the season, which saw an injury-ravaged team flirting with the possibility of missing […]