There are two conclusions that can be deduced from last night’s Flames-Ducks game: 1) The Ducks have a knack for blowing third period leads and going to shootouts 2) The Flames hate playing in Southern California.
Through much of the course of last night’s game, the Ducks looked hungover from their brief trip up to Canada where they were able to salvage three of four points in back-to-back games against the Oilers and Canucks. They were salvaged because in both games the Ducks watched two-goal leads evaporate. The club picked up the win in the 10th round of a 3-2 shootout win in Edmonton by virtue of Rookie defenseman Cam Fowler, but would lose the next night in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Canucks.
The date is quickly approaching for teams with young teenage prospects to decide whether or not they want to keep their talented prospects up with the big club or send them down to their respective junior teams. The deadline for 2010 draft picks varies. Teams can return their teenage players to their junior team at any time, but doing so before they play in their 10th game delays the start of their entry-level contract. Entry-level contracts last for three years for players 21 and under. Deciding on what to do with an 18-year-old’s future isn’t easy, so there are a couple of clubs that have a big decision ahead of them in the next couple of days.
It seems like only yesterday that Chicago had ended their 49-year Stanley Cup drought, and now, here we are at the 2011 season. With opening day behind us, here are some reflections on the first day of the ’11 season.
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