The six trades the
The benefit to that is how those temporarily benched players perform when they return for the Ducks, who open a five-game trip Sunday against the
The upheaval has most rattled the third-line mates of center
"It means you can't take any nights off," Rakell said. "We have depth. That's good for us."
That was clear Friday, when Sekac scored his first goal as a Duck less than four minutes into the game on assists by Rakell and Fleischmann, and Rakell forced overtime in what became a Ducks 3-2 victory over Colorado by scoring nearly midway through the third period with Sekac providing an assist.
"That whole line played well," said first-line right wing Corey Perry, whose breakaway goal won the game. "That's what we want. It can't be the same line over and over."
On a 40-shot night by the Ducks, Boudreau said, "every time [the third line] was on the ice, they were doing something, creating something."
Boudreau said he considers the opponent, how a player is performing, and even fair treatment to determine who plays.
"Everybody has to know there's only one goal," Boudreau said. "I don't want them to want to sit out, but they have to understand we're all going for the same thing, and it's not to win scoring championships … it's to win the big one."
Sekac says the coach's communication soothes the disappointment of getting scratched.
"You want to play every game," Sekac said.
Etem had a feeling that his time on the bench was coming after a four-game pointless rut.
"The trades have definitely added depth, a mixture of skill and grit," Etem said. "The best thing about our team is no one complains. You get a little longer time to skate after the pregame skate, then go support your team. It's about who's playing that gritty playoff style. I know how I need to play. And when I'm not, they'll tell me."
The Ducks' marquee acquisition at the trade deadline was defenseman
In six games with the Ducks, Wisniewski doesn't have a goal and has only nine shots on goal. He has had three shots blocked in the last two games.
"It wasn't his shot that was getting me excited, it was his puck-moving ability — that first pass, getting it right on that stick," Boudreau said. "I've heard of his shot. I'm seeing it for the first time. I think it's just starting to round into shape. He's starting to get shots through," including three Friday.
Instead of staying in the greater New York area to play the Rangers,
"It's a tough one: five games in nine days," Boudreau said. "You'd like to think you can … save some wear and tear on the body, but every team's doing it out West. It's a great test."
DUCKS AT RANGERS
When: 4:30 PDT.
On the air: TV: NBC Sports Network. Radio: 830.