You can’t make too much out of pre-season games, especially the first one that teams play. It’s a good thing, too, because the first one between the Ducks and Coyotes was nothing to write home about.
Phoenix outscored the Ducks, 7-4 and both teams clearly need work.
Peter Holland shone in his first game this year and continues to show progress since being drafted three years ago.
“In reevaluating where our young players were last night I thought he was the top of the class,” said coach Randy Carlyle. “He didn’t change his style or what he brings. He was involved and around the puck. That’s what impressed me the most.”
There was not much more to be said that was positive.
Sean Zimmerman, Nate Guenin, Andrew Cogliano and Kyle Palmieri scored for the Ducks.
Andrew Miele, Maxim Goncharov, Evan Bloodoff and Brett Hextall each scored one for the Coyotes. Former Duck, Patrick O’Sullivan scored two and another former Duck, Petteri Nokelainen, finished things off for Phoenix with an empty net goal.
The Ducks had John Gibson and Igor Bobkov splitting time in net.
For tonight’s game against the Sharks there will be a virtually different line up. Iiro Tarkki and Jeff Deslauriers will split time in net. Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry will be together on the ice, but one line cannot do it all. The Ducks will need to tighten things up and figure out the simple task of how to score more than their opponent.
Pre-season doesn’t really matter in terms of points, but it IS preparation for the regular season, which will be here before you know it.