For much of this season, the difference between the busiest nights of the week (generally Tuesday, but especially Thursday and Saturday) versus slower ones was muted. Some weeks, there wasn’t really much of a contrast between Thursday and Friday game totals.
Maybe it’s the NBA season getting into the swing of things or maybe it’s some other factor, but the stark differences are really there this week.
Last night, there was just one game. Tonight, there’s a ridiculous 12. Thursday also features 12 games.
So, forgive a shorter Dose, as you’ll get repaid in a big way on Wednesday.
Quick tip: this Dose can be OK, erm, “toilet reading,” but don’t plow through tomorrow’s in one … sitting.
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COYOTES 4, DUCKS 3 (OT)
-- Sometimes AP copy is pretty dry. The Ducks - Coyotes was NOT that.
Greg Beacham spent three paragraphs hammering on the Mikkel Boedker OT GWG and Ryan Getzlaf's ill-fated drop pass, with the highlight being "Boedker gratefully accepted the gift and exchanged it for a big road win ..."
Pretty good stuff.
Indeed, it really was a pretty ugly-looking turnover, one that people may bookmark in case the Ducks miss a spot or seeding based on a single standings point.
I mentioned on Monday that I expect the Ducks to make the playoffs because of just how resoundingly weak the Pacific Division is. For all we know, it could come down to the Coyotes or Ducks, although I’d honestly be pretty surprised if the Desert Dogs can keep pace through April.
Domi scored two goals to push his season total to 13 points in 14 games played. He's managed 34 SOG in that time, good for about 2.5 SOG per contest.
Even with the spark he's providing, Domi's getting 16:52 TOI per game, although at least he's getting almost four minutes of PP time in an average evening.
Duclair's production isn't at the same level, and his ceiling is probably lower. Still, I find it tough to fathom Tippett giving Jordan Martinook (14:48) the same amount of reps as Duclair, who's averaging just 14:41 TOI.
I'd be tempted to at least give Domi a couple more shifts per night, but Duclair probably should be coming in closer to 16 minutes each game, if you ask me.
(I know you didn't, but still.)
Domi is currently owned in 73 percent of Yahoo leagues, by the way.
-- The Ducks generated a 2-0 lead in the first period, with Chris Stewart continuing to provide pretty solid secondary scoring. At least as of late.
Bury Anaheim for giving up that lead if you'd like, the Coyotes really had to survive in the third period, as the Ducks fired 18 SOG in that final frame.
Anders Lindback improved to 2-2-0 with a .928 save percentage (!). I joked coming into the 2015-16 season that goalies are so unpredictable that Lindback may even redeem himself ... so maybe that's going to happen?
Obviously a small sample size, but sort of a fun sub-story to watch, and maybe another backup who may prove to be a better option than Mike Smith in Arizona.
-- Martin Hanzal continues to be an assist machine, as the helper he grabbed gives him 13 in just 12 games. He doesn't have a goal yet, even with 26 SOG in 12 GP.
He generally scores in the 10-15 goal range, although this hasn't been a typical season for the gigantic center.