Thursday, May 17, 2007

Huskins joins the Ducks' top four

Q. How will you rotate minutes? Will you try to put one of those other three into the top four or try to divide the minutes equally somehow?

COACH RANDY CARLYLE: Well, obviously, the minutes will have to be shared. I would suspect that we'll rotate people through. With the situation we're presented with, we'll play Niedermayer, Beauchemin, O'Donnell, Huskins. What we'll try to do is find minutes for Jackman or Rome and DiPenta.
The dropoff in depth on Anaheim's defence is immense, and it's going to be quite a test for the likes of Kent Huskins, a 28-year-old journeyman who played his first 33 NHL games with the Ducks this season.

He averaged just 14 minutes per game in the regular season and under 12 so far against the Red Wings, but is actually +2 in this series.

My guess is the 'new' big three play unreal minutes tonight.

Ice time this series

Per game Total
Big 3 90.35 271.05 70.6%
Sean O'Donnell 19.23 57.69 15.0%
Kent Huskins 11.95 35.85 9.3%
Joe DiPenta 6.52 19.56 5.1%

128.05 384.15



At 2:50 p.m., May 17, 2007, Anonymous Kevin Forbes said...

Really sticks out (between the situation the Ducks are faced with now and that Burke trade deadline journal) how detrimental it was when Anaheim was unable to find a dance partner at the deadline.
Where are you, Vitali Vishnevski?

At 3:15 p.m., May 17, 2007, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Where are you, Vitali Vishnevski?

Amen to that. The second question a Ducks fan might ask, as it was a little more recent, is "Where are you, Shane O'Brien?"

At 3:18 p.m., May 17, 2007, Anonymous David Johnson said...

I have always had concerns about Anaheim's depth on defense and it didn't help any when they traded Shane O'Brien to Tampa at the trade deadline but were unable to bring anyone else in. It is going to be awfully tough to win this game (and thus the series because they aren't likely coming back from being down 3-1) with O'Donnell, Huskins, DiPenta and Ric Jackman (or Aaron Rome) on your defense. Giguere is going to have to come up big and steal the game for the Ducks to have a chance.

The good news is they have an extra day of rest before game 5 because Niedermayer and Beauchemin are going to get a ton of ice time tonight.

At 3:59 p.m., May 17, 2007, Blogger Danny said...

These guys should try to take advantage of the fact the Pronger will be out. They can prove to their coach(if they have enough skill) that they can handle more ice time.

At 5:05 p.m., May 17, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Sigh... you guys are stealing my thunder. I was working on a little GoH blurb about how Burke is probably wishing he could take the O'Brien deal back.


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