The 2013 NHL season is now a month old, and fans with Ducks tickets have a lot to be excited about these days. The Ducks have gotten off to one of the best starts in the NHL, with a 12-2-1 record through the first 15 games of the season. After failing to make the playoffs a season ago, Anaheim appears well on its way to a spot in the postseason later this year. The Ducks have an incredibly well-rounded squad, with big contributors all throughout the roster. However, the big surprise is that the Ducks’ two best players through the first month of the season have a combined age of 80, as Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu have turned back the clock and produced in a big way for the Pacific Division leaders.
With the NHL lockout mercifully over, fans with Honda Center Ducks tickets do not have to wait much longer to see their team in action on their home ice. After opening the season on the road at Vancouver and Calgary, the Ducks’ home opener will be Saturday, January 25 against Canucks, the reigning Western Conference regular season champs. Though the Canucks fizzled in the playoffs, they remain one of the most talented teams in the NHL, led by the Sedin twins. It will be Anaheim’s second matchup with Vancouver of the week, so the two teams will be very familiar with each other. The following day, the Ducks will host the Nashville Predators, who lost ace defenseman Ryan Suter during the offseason. However, they were able to hold onto Shea Weber, and his presence may give the Ducks’ skill players some trouble.
After missing out on the playoffs a season ago, Anaheim returns the bulk of its team in 2013, as the Ducks look to steal the Stanley Cup away from the cross town rival Kings. Head coach Bruce Boudreau had a history of great success during the regular season in Washington, but was unable to break through during the playoffs in his time with the Caps. The Ducks played fairly well last season after Boudreau took over, with a 27-23-8 record in 2011-2012 under his watch, but were unable to overcome their slow start under previous coach Randy Carlyle. There are many reasons to believe that Boudreau can replicate his previous success in 2013, especially with the return of all his offensive weapons. Few teams can match the talent of Anaheim in this regard, as the Ducks feature some of the best players in the NHL in wingers Corey Perry, Teemu Selanne and Bobby Ryan and center Ryan Getzlaf. While Selanne was the only one to play up to his talent level a season ago, both Getzlaf and Perry are entering the last seasons of their respective contracts, and each should be looking to perform well in hopes of getting a big payday. Perry in particular should be in for a huge bounce back season. The former Hart Trophy winner is still in the prime of his career at age 27, and should approach the 98 point season that earned him the league MVP award in 2010-2011.
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The NHL lockout continues, and fans with Ducks tickets are already well aware of the effect this has had on the 2012-2013 season. In fact, the league has already cancelled all games from October 11 to October 25, and several players have expressed their desire to continue playing overseas. However, there is hope that a deal may be reached in time to save the season. The NHL owners recently issued another proposal to the players and agents, detailing the main financial terms they hope to agree upon. The main point in the newest proposal is the 50-50 revenue split that the owners are offering, which is a significant upgrade over their first offer that had players making just 43 percent of the hockey related revenue. The NHLPA, which had a 57 percent share of revenue in the last collective bargaining agreement, is understandably hesitant to give so much ground to the owners. But this step by the league does show willingness to compromise and negotiate, and the players would be wise to not turn down this latest proposal right off the bat. There are still concessions to be made by both sides, and as long as the players can negotiate with the league owners in a professional manner, there is no reason an agreement that works for both sides cannot be reached.
Hockey has grown considerably over the last five years or so, and each side clearly has a lot to lose if an agreement cannot be reached in time. The owners’ proposal is a strong indication that they would like to open for business this season, and most hockey players would like nothing more than to get back on the ice and compete for a Stanley Cup. The two sides have to get back to the negotiating table and hammer out the details, but for the first time in weeks there is genuine cause for optimism that the 2012-2013 NHL season can be saved in its entirety.
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There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the upcoming NHL season, but Anaheim Ducks fans can be sure that players will be prepared for the regular season to start on time. Anaheim finished the 2011-2012 season in 13th place in the Western Conference with 80 points, and missed the playoffs for just the second time since the lockout in 2004. The Ducks will hope that young stars Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan can bounce back to the form they have showed in previous seasons, which in turn should help the team return to the playoffs. When Perry, Getzlaf and Ryan are playing well, there might not be a better trio of forwards in the NHL. Perry, the Hart Trophy winner as the MVP of the league just two season ago, saw his scoring fall from 98 points to 60 points a season ago, and Anaheim has to believe that the big forward will provide the team with more production. Getzlaf and Ryan also did not have their best seasons in 2011-2012, and are each still young enough that they should easily bounce back. One player that age does not seem to effect is Teemu Selanne, who is still going strong after 19 years in the league. The longtime franchise cornerstone from Sweden led the Ducks in scoring with 66 points last season at age 41, and the signed a one-year contract over the summer to remain in Anaheim. Defensively, Anaheim hopes that new signee Sheldon Souray, a three time All-Star, can help improve that unit and give some relief to Jonas Hiller, who also did not play up to his usual standards a season ago. As long as the Ducks rebound offensively, as many people believe, Anaheim should be in prime position for a playoff spot, and as the cross town rival Kings proved just months ago, sometimes that is all it takes to start a quest for the Stanley Cup.
On September 25th 2012, the Ducks will play in their first Preseason game against the Phoenix Coyotes at the Honda Center! Be sure to lock in your tickets before it’s too late!
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The Anaheim Ducks struggled in the 2011-2012 NHL regular season as they did not even qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and furthermore, finished last in the Western Conferences Pacific Division with a record of 34-36. Only registering 80 points (9 behind the 4th place team) in the regular season, Anaheim will need to revamp their offense this offseason in order to once again return the Stanley Cup trophy to Anaheim. They have begun this process already during the 2012 NHL Draft by drafting Hampus Lindholm from Rogle with the sixth overall pick in the draft. He is an impressive defenseman who was the 15th highest ranked player in this years draft class. In the second round they drafted Nic Kerdiles with the 36th pick. Kerdiles thoroughly impressed the Ducks scouts at the NHL combine.
These two rookies should make immediate impacts joining the likes of Teemu Selanne and Corey Perry. Selanne led the Ducks with 66 points last season, while Perry led the team in goals scored at 37; however both of these players fully knew they under-performed and are capable of much better play. The Ducks entire roster must improve their play as they were not ranked higher than 16th in any major NHL statistical category. This included being 23rd in goals per game and 21st in power play percentage. The correlation between the two is no coincidence as more time spent in the power play tends to improve the overall goal scoring of the team. Anaheim should look to add one more solid player to their team during this summer in order to improve and prepare for the 2012-2013 NHL season.
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Catch some great NHL action while there is still time left in the 2011-12 season at the Honda Center! Even though the Anaheim Ducks are currently fifth in the Pacific Division, they have a great chance at making the playoffs with a strong finish. Come out to the Honda Center to root for the Ducks today!
There are a total of seven home games remaining in the 2011-12 season for the Anaheim Ducks. The first of the seven will occur on March 14 as the Ducks will take on the Detroit Red Wings in what should be a fantastic game to watch. The Red Wings come in with the second best record in the Central Division and are fourth overall in the league in goals per game. One of the premier games to watch will come on March 25, when the Anaheim Ducks will be hosting the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins at the Honda Center for their only matchup of the year. Another great home game will occur on March 28 as the Ducks host their rivals in the San Jose Sharks. Lastly, Anaheim will host their final game of the 2011-12 NHL season against the Edmonton Oilers, who are currently fifth in the Northwest Division.
The 2011-12 NHL season has been one of many records for the Anaheim Ducks. Teemu Selanne played in his 1,300th career game for the Ducks on January 12, Jonas Hiller got his 100th career win on January 15, and Corey Perry played in his 500th career game on February 1. Come cheer on these stars as they finish up the NHL season in a matter of weeks! The Honda Center is your go-to place for everything Anaheim Ducks and is sure to provide a great atmosphere for both you and your family!
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Ice hockey fans will really have the evening of a life time next Friday the 6th of January 2012. On this day, The Three Wise Men will bring all Ducks and Islanders true followers a challenging and worth enjoying match at the Honda Center. This sporting encounter will take place at 7:05pm So far, this season has been quite disappointing for the Anaheim Ducks as their team does not seem to have found the key to establishing themselves as fearful rivals.
October started quite brightly for the Anaheim Ducks, with four impressive victories in a row against the New York Rangers, the Sharks, the Blues and the Dallas Coyotes. However, these victories do not seem to have paved the way to their success and the road has been quite bumpy for the Ducks. In fact, they were mostly defeated throughout October and this poor performance since to have had quite an important impact in all the coming challenges they had to face in November. December has not started any better either and this is why the fans are really looking forward to this coming event at the Honda Center. Most of them are convinced that the team will be able to turn over a new leaf and beat the Islanders and that playing in such an impressive venue will inspire the players to give the best they can.
There has always been quite a rivalry between the Islanders and the Ducks and the Honda Center seems to be an interesting stage in which the two popular ice hockey teams can demonstrate to their loyal and true fans that they really deserve being followed, cheered and supported. The Anaheim Ducks are a traditional ice hockey team from California whose fans can be found not only in this sunny state but also all across the country.
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The Anaheim Ducks and the National Hockey League will close out 2011 before bringing their hard-hitting action back in January to add some spice to the Honda Center upcoming events. Hockey fans will want to turn out in force and cheer the Ducks on to victory as the team tries to turn the season around and make a run at the famed Stanley Cup. Early struggles on the road have put the team in a hole, but strong play in Orange County is going to help the team climb in the standings and grab a spot in the playoffs.
The Ducks are hungry to lift Lord Stanley’s trophy after their magical run in 2007. Led by stars like Teemu Selanne, Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and goalie Jonas Hiller, the team is poised to build on the success of last year’s playoff team and reach that round once again. To make that run, the team will need the help of its fans, many of whom bring the energy to add Ducks’ wins in their Honda Center upcoming events. The roar of the crowd is one of the big factors that makes hockey so exciting in a live setting, and Orange County has some of the best fans in the country. This combination is sure to have the team playing well down the stretch.
After a New Years Eve date with the Colorado Avalanche, the team drops the puck on its 2012 home schedule with a clash against the San Jose Sharks. Bragging rights in California will be at stake as the Ducks drop the gloves and look to win these Honda Center upcoming events. Now is the time to make plans to be a part of the action and help cheer the Ducks to victory as they bring their board-rattling action to Orange County in 2012.
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