PUCKNET / NHL
Ducks are 12-16-6 (30 points)
Tied for second in Pacific Division
Tied for sixth in Western Conference
Paul Kariya has three goals, two assists in two games
Coyotes, 7:30 tonight: Coach Jim Schoenfeld tells the Arizona Republic good things can come from playing winger Jim McKenzie on defense. “He doesn’t just whack the puck away, he passes it. He has good composure and doesn’t panic with the puck. He plays the man well and reads the rush well.”
Sharks, 5 p.m. Sunday: Owen Nolan can see a transformation of his team into a playoff contender, according to the San Jose Mercury News. “The main thing is defense right now. We’re shutting teams down to one or two goals, or getting a shutout.”
Flames, 7:30 p.m. Monday: Theoren Fleury tells the Calgary Sun his line, with Michael Nylander and German Titov, has learned to play defense this season. “In previous years, we maybe blew up in our own end but there is nothing wrong with our line defensively this season.”
It all started with digdug 99’s posting a question on the Internet on Dec. 11, after Paul Kariya signed: Are the Mighty Ducks committed to winning? With that came an outpouring of optimism, stern comments, angry screeds and a call to arms. It’s in the hot topic menu on Yahoo! Sports hockey page.
Quote: “Goal scoring is down. But when you add it all up: fewer penalties, better goaltending, and the man-in-the-crease rule that allows goalies to see the puck, play it better . . . hey, goal scoring should be down.” --NHL vice president Brian Burke tells the Boston Globe he is taking an Alfred E. Newman approach to the drop in scoring.
Ducks on TV:
Friday (Fox Sports West 2)
Sunday (KCAL Channel 9)
Ducks on Radio:
All games on KRLA-AM (1110)