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Ducks' Adam Henrique: Early season struggles
Henrique is scoreless through three games with a minus-3 rating and just one shot on goal.
Coming off a season where he scored 26 goals on a career-high 169 shots, it's a bit surprising to see Henrique start the 2020-21 campaign so slow. Rather, he's shown off the physicality a bit more with seven hits in two games. Anaheim's struggling offense will limit his ceiling, but with at least 20 goals in four of the last five seasons, Henrique should settle back into a groove.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Jacob Larsson: Garners helper
Larsson provided an assist in Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Golden Knights.
Larsson set up Maxime Comtois for the Ducks' lone goal of the contest in the second period. It's a positive sign for Larsson, who will likely find himself in a battle for playing time with the newly signed Ben Hutton. However, the Ducks aren't using their third pairing of Larsson and Jani Hakanpaa much -- the former has yet to crack 13 minutes in either of their first two games. Without more ice time, Larsson won't be a viable option in most fantasy formats.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Sam Steel: Manages helper
Steel provided an assist and won eight of 15 faceoffs in Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Golden Knights.
Steel's linemate Maxime Comtois has three goals this year, and it's been Steel with assists on two of them. The 22-year-old Steel also got the first shift in overtime, but he lost the draw to winger Max Pacioretty, who scored seven seconds later. The rebuilding Ducks will have unlucky games like this one, but Steel is making an impact with a helper in each of the first two contests. As long as his line is successful, more playing time should open up.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Maxime Comtois: Pots lone goal in loss
Comtois scored the only goal in Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Golden Knights.
Comtois is the Ducks' offense so far -- he has all three of their goals this season. The 22-year-old winger is making a strong case to move up from his current third-line role, but perhaps what happens in Vegas will stay there. Comtois will hope for more support from his teammates as the Ducks seek their first win of the year Monday versus Minnesota.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' John Gibson: Good game spoiled late
Gibson stopped 31 of 33 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Golden Knights on Saturday.
Gibson had a shutout going deep into the third period, but William Karlsson tied the game with 1:22 left in regulation and Max Pacioretty won it for Vegas seven seconds into overtime. Consider this an improvement for Gibson, who has now allowed six goals in two games. He should be ready to go again when the Ducks host the Wild on Monday.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' John Gibson: Making second start
Gibson will protect the road goal in Saturday's game versus the Golden Knights.
Gibson had a shaky first start of the year, allowing two quick goals in the first period and another pair in the third en route to the loss Thursday versus the Golden Knights. It's not likely to be any easier in the second meeting versus Vegas' deep offense, making Gibson a risky play for fantasy purposes.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Ben Hutton: Clears virus protocols
Hutton cleared the NHL's COVID-19 protocols Friday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
In turn, the 27-year-old defenseman should be available for Saturday's matchup against the Golden Knights. Having joined the team off a PTO, it's unclear how often Hutton will play this season. Hutton posted 16 points, 76 blocked shots and 51 hits over 65 games with the Kings last year.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Ben Hutton: Signs one-year deal
Hutton (COVID-19 protocols) inked a one-year, $950,000 contract with Anaheim on Friday.
Hutton was previously with the Ducks on a PTO and appears to have earned himself a permanent deal. The 27-year-old blueliner was previously named on the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list, so it's not immediately clear when he might be eligible to play. Additionally, per league rules, the Ontario native will need to be placed on waivers.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Sam Steel: Bags assist in loss
Steel managed an assist in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Golden Knights.
Steel set up Maxime Comtois to get the Ducks on the board at 4:22 of the first period. While he'll likely become a top-six option eventually, Steel will begin 2020-21 in a third-line role. He skated with Comtois and Troy Terry at even strength Thursday. This will be a pivotal year for Steel, the 30th overall pick in 2016, to prove he can make a difference at the NHL level.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf: Picks up assist
Getzlaf posted an assist and a team-high seven hits in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Golden Knights.
Getzlaf set up the second of Maxime Comtois' two tallies in the contest. Always a playmaking center, Getzlaf has seen his production dip over the last few years. His 29 assists last year marked his lowest total since he was a rookie, as did his 42 points. He still had 125 hits in 69 contests, however.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Maxime Comtois: Deposits both goals in loss
Comtois scored twice in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Golden Knights.
Comtois' tallies came 3:36 apart in the first period to erase an early 2-0 deficit. He was the only Duck able to solve Robin Lehner in the contest. Comtois struggled with 11 points in 29 NHL games last year, but he's off to a fantastic start to 2020-21. While he had only one hit Thursday, he's usually a fairly physical player.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' John Gibson: Falls apart in third period
Gibson surrendered four goals on 28 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Golden Knights on Thursday. The fifth goal was an empty-netter.
Gibson settled in after allowing two goals in the opening 2:13, but he was beaten twice more in the third period to start the year with a loss. The 27-year-old netminder struggled with a 3.00 GAA and a .904 save percentage in 51 appearances last season. With a rough start to the 2020-21 for Gibson, head coach Dallas Eakins may turn to Ryan Miller for Saturday's second battle against the Golden Knights.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' John Gibson: In goal against Vegas
Gibson will guard the cage in Thursday's road matchup with the Golden Knights, Elliott Teaford of The Orange County Register reports.
Gibson had a down year in 2019-20, compiling a 20-26-5 record while posting a sub-par 3.00 GAA and .904 save percentage in 51 appearances. The 27-year-old American is one of the best netminder's in the NHL when he's on, and he should be better in 2020-21, but he still may struggle to post a winning record behind a Ducks' squad that's still in the early stages of a rebuild. Gibson didn't play well against Vegas last season, posting a 1-2-1 record while registering an ugly .878 save percentage and 4.48 GAA in four starts, so fantasy managers may want to consider other options when setting their daily lineups Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Max Jones: Starts season on IR
Jones (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, per TSN.
It's unclear when Jones sustained the injury, but it will cost him time at the start of the season. The 22-year-old winger is in the mix for a middle-six role with the Ducks in 2020-21. When he's ready to return, he'll likely compete with Isac Lundestrom and Sonny Milano for playing time.... See More ... See Less
Ducks' Trevor Zegras: Will start in minors
Zegras was assigned to AHL San Diego on Wednesday, per TSN.
Zegras won't be rushed to the NHL -- the Ducks want him to earn the spot through good play in the minors. Zegras should be a top-six option with the Gulls, but there's no guarantee he will skate with the big club this season. Dynasty managers should keep him stashed, as the first-round pick from 2019 is likely only a year away from a role in Anaheim.... See More ... See Less
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