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Quiet Before the Storm

Tuesday, 10.11.2011 / 11:22 AM PT
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Ducks Off the Ice by Adam Brady
Quiet Before the Storm

The table in the hallway outside the Ducks locker room -- which usually is topped with a container of coffee, stacks of fresh paper cups and piles of sheets containing the latest news clippings -- sits virtually empty. And that can only mean one thing: No practice today.

The Ducks hit the ice yesterday -- a day after returning from their jaunt through Finland and Sweden -- but were given the day off today. It's a last modicum of rest for a Ducks team that, starting with the home opener Friday night, will play three games in four nights (this time in arenas they've seen before.)

“They are tired,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “You can see it.”

Carlyle, who originally planned to give the team yesterday off and get back to practice Stateside today, had a change of heart after conferring with Captain Getzlaf. “He thought it was better if we skated today and then took tomorrow off,” Carlyle said. “We made the adjustment, we have that ability in this building and I thought it was probably a better move than taking today off. It was good to get them back out there.”

The Ducks have their first game in the States against the Sharks here on Friday night, an evening that will have the traditional glitz and glamour of a Ducks home opener. The usual red carpet will be transformed into the Miller Lite Blue Carpet, where fans can watch the players arriving between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. before going inside for the game. Sunday night is Corey Perry Night, as Perry will be honored for his Hart Trophy-winning season, and all fans in attendance will receive a commemorative poster (as they enter Honda Center) and puck (as they exit).

One thing the Ducks might have this weekend (according to Carlyle) that they didn't have in Europe is the services of Toni Lydman, arguably their best shutdown defenseman last year. Lydman, who continues to recover from offseason shoulder surgery, has yet to play at all this season, but saw a specialist in LA yesterday. His possible return is a tantalizing prospect for a Ducks defense that even without him was able to hold the Rangers to just 15 shots in that 2-1 victory Saturday in Stockholm.

Meanwhile, d-man Kurtis Foster is still recovering from having that wire removed from his thigh and was described by Carlyle as "rusty" but “very close to being ready to play some games.” Foster's only ice time with the Ducks so far is a few minutes in the exhibition against Jokerit last Tuesday.

Anaheim made a trade with Colorado for defenseman Kyle Cumiskey -- which sent prospect Jake Newton and a 2013 seventh-round pick to the Avs -- with Cumiskey being sent to Syracuse today. Cumiskey is an enticing pickup for the Ducks, as he's played NHL 132 games and led Avs defensemen with seven goals in 61 games two seasons ago. he also played for Team Canada in the World Championships last year. The 5-10, 185-pounder suffered a concussion last year that limited him to just 18 games.

"He’s a very, very quick puck-moving defenseman," Carlyle said. "At some point, I’m sure you’ll see him here. I don’t know when. Right now, we’ve got lots of defensemen so it’s tough.”

Like Cumiskey, goalie Jeff Deslauriers was also sent to the Crunch, after joining the Ducks for their Euro trip, since they were permitted to carry three goalies. The Ducks caught a break when Deslauriers passed through waivers before his assignment, as the former Oiler promises to be a very strong third option in net.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 77 45 27 5 224 208 95
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 77 39 26 12 217 204 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
R. Rakell 67 8 22 8 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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