With three games in a row on the road, the Anaheim Ducks need all the bodies they can to make sure they have enough rested players for their roster.
That being said, the roster has been slimmed down minimally. Goaltenders Igor Bobkov and John Gibson have been returned to their junior teams. Both Bobkov and Gibson shared netminder responsibilities on Tuesday when the Ducks hosted Phoenix (and lost miserably).
Joseph Cramarossa and Rickard Rakell have also been sent to juniors. Rakell was the Ducks first round draft pick this past June.
Of the remaining 43 players on the training camp roster, most of them departed to San Jose for the beginning of a three day journey. Injured players remained at home, including defenseman Toni Lydman, who is still a couple of weeks away from returning to the line up.
The line up against the Sharks includes Dan Ellis and Jeff Deslauriers in net. Jonas Hiller will likely get his first nod in Vancouver on Saturday evening. Other players include Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, who need to redeem themselves from a lackluster performance on Wednesday night. Rather than being a dominant line, they seemed to perform a vanishing act.
Andrew Gordon, who did anything but vanish on Wednesday night, will get another chance to impress the coaching staff with his hustle and positive attitude. Peter Holland, who had a good game on Tuesday night, also gets a second look in a game situation.
In other notes:
Hockey wives have come up with a remembrance and fundraising idea for the members of team Lokomotiv, who all perished in a plane crash on September 7.
You can purchase prayer bracelets (adult size, $50, kid size, $25), that are “comprised of semi precious jade beads which symbolize healing, hope, love, and generosity.” 100% of the proceeds will go to the Foundation set up in honor of the lost team.
Silicon memory bracelets are also available for sale for $10 each. More details are at www.loveforlokomotiv.com
I expect to see plenty of these bracelets on all hockey fans this season. One will soon be gracing my wrist.