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Kyle Nicolas

  • joined Jan 15, 2013
  • last login Jul 30, 2014
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24. Alumni of UC Santa Barbara (Go Gauchos!). Current associate editor and podcaster at Anaheim Calling. Lifelong hockey player and Ducks fan. Teemu Selanne is on the back of my jersey because come on... who else?

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GameThread: Oilers at Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks look to avenge a hearbreaking overtime loss to the Oilers and likewise re-extend their division lead back to three points with a game in hand over the San Jose Sharks.

Oilers @ Ducks Preview: You Feeling Lucky (Again)?

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Less than a week removed from a heartbreaker overtime loss, the Anaheim Ducks will get their chance at revenge on home ice as they welcome the lowly Edmonton Oilers to Southern California.

Recap: Ducks Walk Over Vancouver 5-1

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The Anaheim Ducks got off to a fast start and led the whole way as they retook the lead in the Pacific Division with a 5-1 victory over their freefalling division rival Vancouver Canucks.

The Goal That Cost the Ducks the Pacific

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I tweeted this out after the Ducks fell to the Sharks in brutal fashion and I've been getting flack for it when there are so many games left in the season. Since Twitter has this little 140 character limit, I'm using this to explain myself. To say the least my confidence in this team is extraordinarily low right now. Add that in with the fact that the Sharks have been playing their best hockey of the season for the most part (barring one or two bad losses) and you have a gut feeling that once Anaheim lost their lead in the division, the Sharks would take it and will never look back, dooming Anaheim to a first round matchup with the Kings, which, even though they've won the last three matchups against them, I still don't see them winning. LA's recent playoff record and tenacious defense is too strong of a winning formula in the postseason. Granted if you're a podcast listener you know that I'm usually the pessimistic one who is often super hard on the team for their mistakes, which have been compounding alarmingly during this slumping second half of the season. So you may be inclined straight away to dismiss me as someone who's running around screaming about the sky falling. However, I feel I have a bit of leeway in doing so because this team is in the middle of what's just short of a pretty remarkable freefall from mid-season glory. Over the span of ten days, the Ducks saw a nine point lead in the Pacific Division evaporate entirely, as the Sharks went from an afterthought to suddenly tied with the Ducks for the lead. It's taken a little over a week to do it, but they've finally done it and have passed the Ducks to take sole possession of the division lead. Now the Ducks do have a game in hand on the Sharks still, and hold the tie breaker by a good margin (though admittedly with all this pathetic losing that's dwindling too). So should Anaheim manage to tie San Jose again they would immediately vault back atop the division by nature of having not played in a lot of shootouts. But I'm not anticipating that happening. Our schedule for the remainder of this season appears on the outset to be "easy." We face the lowly Edmonton Oilers three times, the Vancouver Canucks twice, and the Calgary Flames once, with a contest against the Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers mixed in as well. None of those teams currently occupy a playoff position. In theory, they're points the Ducks should have. But we can't forget that the Calgary Flames blew the Ducks out of their building after the team came out flat and treated the game like a walkover. That loss punctuated a stretch of four straight defeats and came on the heels of a contender for our worst performance of the season in a 3-1 home loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. In games where the Ducks should be collecting points, they're coming out flat and squandering chances. It's squandered what was once a 10+ point lead in the division, and now has the Ducks facing a first round matchup with Los Angeles. Taking a look at San Jose's remaining schedule, they will play the exact same teams the Ducks will, including matchups with Los Angeles and Colorado at home, where they've been damn near unstoppable this season, going 26-5-4. The only difference in their schedule is they will face the Oilers only twice while finishing out their season against the Phoenix Coyotes. Combine that with a stretch that has seen them go 8-1-1 in their last 10 and the Sharks are playing their best hockey at the right time of the season. It's certainly not likely that San Jose will win out the rest of the season, but likewise neither will Anaheim, and if you ask me right now who is more likely to lose more games, the answer is pretty much unquestionably Anaheim. That game in hand may not matter if the Ducks once again fail to pick up points against an opponent they should be beating. And sadly with Anaheim's recent struggles on both sides of the special teams and countless small mistakes leading to goals against, it's unfortunately likely that it will happen again.

Numbers for Nerds: A New Special Teams Metric

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Anaheim has not been playing well as of late. And that's due in large part to positively dreadful performances from the power play and penalty kill units.

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GameThread: Capitals at Ducks

Alexander Ovechkin is in town and thankfully your dad hasn't scheduled hernia surgery on the same day... or maybe he has. I don't know your life.

Advanced Stats Question Ducks' Playoff Ability

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Adding fuel to the fire over the advanced stats debate, Puck Daddy's infamous Ryan Lambert takes a stab at the Ducks playoff survival chances through the lens of advanced statistics. In the past, Lambert has praised the Ducks for their work, and is an outspoken fan of Teemu Selanne, so right from the get-go do not assume he hates the Ducks. Before you either quickly dismiss him as yet another number-crunching nerd critic or sound the alarm as hail his predictions as prophecies, take a moment and consider everything with a grain of salt. While I personally think Lambert does make some great points about the Ducks in regards to their alarmingly declining possession numbers, it's also rather clear that some of the points seem a bit outlandish. Then again it's also obvious from some of the points he makes that he hasn't seen more than a small handful of Ducks games this season. Advanced stats are just numbers, and interpretation from them are not necessarily correct. They are a tool for explaining what has happened, not a tell-all as to what will happen.

Canada Moves On, USA To Play For Bronze

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For the most-hyped game of the tournament, the USA turned in unquestionably their most lackluster performance, getting virtually no offense, losing to the Canadians for the second straight Olympics.

USA defeats Czechs 5-2, Sets Up Date with Canada

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The US made relatively painless work of the Czech Republic's "veteran" squad, taking advantage of shaky goaltending and a top-heavy offense from their opponents to seal a date with Canada in the...

Canada Scrapes by Finland With 2-1 OT Win

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Drew Doughty can't score for Los Angeles, but came up huge for his country, scoring both goals in a narrow, defensive overtime win for Team Canada over Finland.

Checking Up on the Ducks in Sochi

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With one more day of pool play still to come, let's take a look at how each of our Anaheim Ducks representatives are faring in this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Canada Stomps Austria 6-0 on Jeff Carter Hat Trick

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Team Canada put aside all doubts left over from their first game with a dominant 6-0 victory over Austria that included a natural hat trick for Jeff Carter and a shutout for goaltender Roberto Luongo.

Canada Holds Off Norway For 3-1 Win

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The Canadians cruised to a win to open the tournament, but the lowly Norwegians did not make it easy for the world supergiant.

AC Olympic Preview: Group A Predictions

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With the start of the Olympic Men's Ice Hockey tournament just a few short days away, let's take a look at Group A a little more closely and play the predictions game, shall we?

AC Olympic Preveiw: Czech Out This Aging Roster

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The Czech Republic will bring a very experience-heavy group to the Sochi Olympics, but that's really just a nice way of saying their average age is pretty darn high.

AC Olympic Preview: Slovenia, or Anze Kopitar

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Slovenia has qualified for its first Olympic games in its history, but likely won't make too much noise due to a lack of NHL experience. In fact, only one Slovenian born player has ever set foot in...

Ducks Lose Third Straight At Home 2-0 to Chicago

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Anaheim's slump sunk even deeper as the second-overall Chicago Blackhawks walked away from Honda Center with both points in hand after shutting out the Ducks for the second time in three games.

AC Olympic Preview: Latvia, aka Dinamo Riga

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If anything is going to be said of team chemistry trumping on-paper skill, Latvia will be its champion.

AC Olympic Preview: Norway

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Norway qualified for their second straight Olympic games and will ice 13 skaters who competed in Vancouver, but sadly this time out will probably be no different from the last.

Rejected LA Stadium Series Ideas

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What attraction ideas didn't make it to the upcoming Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings?

Nine.

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The Anaheim Ducks continued their magical season, setting a franchise record by scoring nine goals and getting points from 14 different players in a 9-1 drubbing of the Vancouver Canucks

Ho-Hum, Ducks Win Another Comeback 4-3 Over Preds

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A pair of Ryan Getzlaf goals and tallies from Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne led the Anaheim Ducks to their fifth straight win by a 4-3 score in Nashville.

GameThread
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GameThread: Bruins @ Ducks

The Boston Bruins are in town to take on the Anaheim Ducks in a clash between the leaders of the Pacific and Atlantic Divisions.

Bruins at Ducks Preview: Bigger and Oafier

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The Boston Bruins are a team filled with highly-physical ultimate pests and will present a massive challenge for the Ducks if they want to keep their home points streak alive.

Ducks Win 5-2 Over Oilers On Pair of Lovejoy Goals

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Ben Lovejoy is one of those players where it's a good thing if you don't notice him most of the time. Tonight everybody noticed him, but in a good way as he buried his first two goals of the season.

GameThread
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GameThread: Oilers @ Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks welcome Benedict Schultz and his merry band of youngsters who win very few hockey games to Honda Center.

Oilers at Ducks Preview: NHL Boarding School

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Stepping away from our regular preview format for a minute, let's take a humorous look as to what life would be like if every NHL team were a student at a dysfunctional boarding school.

Ducks Get Revenge With Crazy 6-3 Victory

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The Anaheim Ducks avenged their only regulation loss in the month of December with a big 6-3 victory at home over the San Jose Sharks on the strength of goals from all around their lineup.

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