Reviving the rest-versus-rust debate, the
This much is sure: the Ducks will open at
If Tampa Bay defeats Detroit in Game 7, the Ducks will play Game 3 in Calgary on Tuesday. If Detroit advances, Game 3 will be May 6. In either case, Game 4 will be played May 8 at Calgary. Games 5-6-7, if necessary, will be May 10 at Anaheim, May 12 at Calgary and May 14 at Anaheim.
That's a lot of time off for the Ducks, who had a light late-season schedule and four free days before the playoffs. They will have had a week off after their first-round sweep of Winnipeg.
"I'm antsy so I've got to believe they're antsy," Coach
The Ducks have been able to recover from their rugged series against Winnipeg but they'd prefer to follow a steady rhythm.
"I think everyone in here would rather play every other day, like we did last series, just because we've had a lot of time off since April," center
"But I think it will be all right. It's always good to get a little bit more days and rest for guys that are banged up. We dealt with some time off before the first series and I thought we handled it pretty well."
"I don't get rattled by that stuff," he said. "It's good we know when we're playing again, instead of walking around not knowing. It's not anything in this locker room that we've got to worry about. That's not our jobs."
As they see it, at least they're still playing.
"You could be somewhere else," right wing Corey Perry said. "We're looking forward to it and it should be exciting."
"The one move I question," he said, was dealing Despres, 23, for Lovejoy, 31, to get experience and a right-handed shooter.
Despres, who couldn't win a regular job with the Penguins, is a top-four defenseman with the Ducks and has thrived paired with
"It's something that I, for one, did not control. I did not make the decision," Despres said of the trade. "What happened in the past is in the past. I'm looking forward. I'm not looking in the past."
He looks comfortable on the ice but acknowledged he's not quite settled here.
"It's a new city. It's a new team. It's been what, two three months?" he said. "What if I told you that you were going to go live in the Maritimes, at the other end of the continent? It would take a while to get used to it. I'm still getting used to it. I'm enjoying my time in California. I'm working hard to be the best I can be, to help the team win."