Apparently the Ducks have been doing well enough lately for the rest of the NHL to sit up and take notice.
Last week it was Corey Perry’s turn for recognition when he earned the third star of the week honors. Perry continues to have a career year and now has 39 goals this season, second only behind Steven Stamkos. If he continues to put the puck into the net in the final 10 games of the season, Perry could make a serious bid for the Maurice Richard trophy at the end of the year. He only needs one more goal to become just the third 40+ goal scorer in club history, joining Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya.
This week, goaltender Ray Emery was voted the second star of the week. Emery was 2-0-0 last week in his first two starts since coming back from serious hip surgery last April. In those two games he has posted a 0.99 goals against average and .968 save percentage. Emery had not played in an NHL game since Feb. 1, 2010 as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.
After Jonas Hiller began his struggles with vertigo and dizziness, the Ducks signed Emery to a two-way contract on February 7 and he spent some time in Syracuse before being called up. Emery has helped to re-solidify the Ducks goaltending, as has Dan Ellis, who was acquired before the trade deadline.
Speaking of Hiller, he continues to improve, but slowly. He has been practicing with the Ducks, but there is no immediate timetable for his return. With the two E’s holding down the fort (or more specifically, the net) there is no rush for Hiller to return.
In other news, the Ducks also signed Rick Schofield to a one-year entry level contract. Schofield has been playing for the Lake Superior Lakers of the CCHA. The 23 year old center has a collegiate-high 17 goals and 35 points in 39 games.