As the Anaheim Ducks prepare for the start of a three-game homestand tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning, a few roster moves were made. The Ducks are looking to snap a two-game losing streak, but are 2-1-1 at home this season.
Today, the Ducks recalled right wing Kyle Palmieri from the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL. Palmieri was tied for the AHL lead in scoring with nine points. On Monday, the Ducks recalled center Nick Bonino from Syracuse. Arthur from Anaheim Calling chimed in on the roster moves in analyzing the Ducks' poor start to the season:
I hate "turning points," and "opportunities to turn the season around," but I'm going to go ahead and say I like this for both of those things. There has been a culture of complacency in the Anaheim locker room since they won the Cup. Every squad, regardless of how many rings it possessed, found a way to turn in workmanlike losses, the sort of 9 to 5 efforts that get it done at the DMV. Only rookies and young players have effectively changed that, be it the speed and shot of Dan Sexton, the bang and crash of Matt Beleskey or just the chirping from the back of the bus from Ryan Whitney and James Wisniewski.
Assuming Randy Carlyle inserts both Bonino and Palmieri into the lineup (and inserts them into the lineup together as he once did for Perry and Getzlaf), we should see a little bit of Crunch chemistry 'fowl'ing the waters of the Pond. That's in addition to whatever they can bring to a locker room that's apparently already learned how to keep its collective head down through the losses, aka The Ducks Way.
The roster moves were made in part to account for the concussion suffered by center Kyle Chipchura. The Ducks announced yesterday that Chipchura would miss tonight's game and Friday, after suffering a concussion on Saturday in San Jose against the Sharks.
In addition to these roster moves, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reported on some lineup changes tonight, via Twitter:
Tonight's game is televised on Fox Sports West.
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