Duck Shots

A weekly update on the Mighty Ducks.

When the Ducks' point men try to cheat on coverage in the offensive zone, the puck ends up in the back of their net. But this one-line team managed to frustrate the Panthers, so all is not lost. Just two of three games this past week. Here's a look at what's ahead.

* Where they stand: 15-21-5 (35 points) fifth in the Pacific Division and 10th in the Western Conference.

* Who's hot: Teemu Selanne is expected to score goals and he did so in three games. He has points in 15 of the last 17 games.

* Who's not: Paul Kariya is expected to score goals and hasn't in eight games. Jari Kurri is not shooting or scoring.


* Today, Buffalo (7:30 p.m., no TV): Dominik Hasek is making up for lost time in Indianapolis, where the Blackhawks had him parked in the minors for two seasons, by trying to carry the Sabres to a playoff spot. Before sitting out Jan. 7 in San Jose, Hasek had played in 23 consecutive games. The Sabres, who traded goalie Stephane Beauregard and a draft pick (Eric Daze) to Chicago for Hasek in 1992, remain in a battle for the top spot in the Northeast Division.

* Sunday, at Vancouver (2 p.m., Fox Sports West): One night after having an easy time with the Ducks, the Canucks got drilled Tuesday by the Kings. Canuck defenseman Dave Babych told the Associated Press the team just didn't work hard enough. That comes up all too often with this team.

* Wednesday, at Calgary (6:30 p.m., no TV): Can anyone get along? The Flames beat Toronto in overtime Tuesday and players still find a way to take a shot at Coach Pierre Page. Dave Gagner, who savored his game-winning goal against the team that dumped him in the off-season, told the Toronto Star: "[Page] said vendettas are for people with small minds. I guess I've got a small mind."

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