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Darren Eliot's Line Analysis: Ducks D

Untitled Document Devils O | Devils D | Senators O | Senators D | Mighty Ducks O | Mighty Ducks D | Wild O | Wild D

Top Defense -- Keith Carney-Niclas Havelid
Carney has been marvelous during the playoffs and, in tandem with Havelid, has shut down the top offensive threats of the Red Wings and Stars. Both compete extremely hard and Havelid is vastly underrated in that capacity.
Second Defense -- Sandis Ozolinsh-Kurt Sauer
Ozolinsh still pushes the puck up the ice from the backline, but Sauer has proved to be a nice stay-at-home compliment. Ozolinsh has benefited from Babcock strategically managing his ice time—producing better defensive results by playing fewer minutes than he has historically.
Third Defense -- Ruslan Salei-Vitaly Vishnevski
Salei is miserable to play against and Vishnevski is a punishing body checker. In Babcock’s rotation, Salei plays a lot and Vishnevski play substantially less as the sixth man.
Special Teams
The Mighty Ducks had the best penalty-killing efficiency in the Western Conference during the regular season. The loss of Kjellberg leaves them short-handed when they are short-handed. That could be critical against a Wild team that has the most effective power play in the playoffs.

 


 
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