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Thursday, 01.12.2012 / 9:24 AM PT
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Ducks Off the Ice by Adam Brady

Rare and valuable photo of Corey Perry falling on a goalie.
A Ducks team that has gotten things going a little bit here in Anaheim, will now try to keep the good feelings going in their white uniforms, which haven't been friendly to them this season.

"We've been successful a little bit the last three games, but I think we've got the worst road record in the league," Bruce Boudreau said. "It's about time we start getting at that a little better. I mean, it's embarrassing, only three wins at the halfway mark on the road."

Anaheim begins a three-game Canadian jaunt in Calgary tonight, where they will have their work cut out for them to improve a 3-10-5 road record. (By the way, yes I'm aware that one of the road losses came while wearing the black third jerseys in Winnipeg.) The Flames are 20-19-5 this season, but an astounding 9-0-1 in their last 10 at Scotiabank Saddledome. That includes a 6-3 win over the Devils two nights ago, in a game where they were outshot 38-14. They're looking to win their eighth straight at home for the first time since 2007.

"They're a completely different team on the road than they are at home," Boudreau said. "They come out hard. They hit. They're a meat-and-potatoes team. They've got a lot of hungry fans there every night, making a lot of noise."

In 12 career home starts against the Ducks, Miikka Kiprusoff is 9-2-1 with a 1.91 goals-against average, even though he lost both home games to Anaheim last season. The Ducks actually took all four matchups last year, including two at Honda Center, where they haven't lost to Calgary in the regular season since January 19, 2004.

Oddly enough, tonight is the first time this season they've faced Calgary.

Boudreau indicated this morning that Jonas Hiller has recovered nicely from the lower body injury that knocked him out of Sunday's game and kept him out of the win over Dallas two nights ago. However, tonight he will backup Jeff Deslauriers, who gave up just two goals in winning that game against the Stars. Here is the rest of the expected lineup:

Ryan-Getzlaf-Perry
Hagman-Koivu-Selanne
Blake-Bonino-Cogliano
Beleskey-Pelley-Palmieri

Beauchemin-Fowler
Sbisa-Visnovsky
Lydman-Broobank

Tonight is Game 42 of the season for the Ducks, who finished a mostly agonizing first half with a nice little win streak.

"It's nice to go on the road with a different feeling," Bobby Ryan said. "Winning three in a row and finishing off the homestand in good fashion leads to a little bit of confidence, and you need confidence going into a building like that."

It's no secret the Ducks need their recent winning ways to snowball into something much more to have any hope of getting into the postseason race.

"If you know me, I'd certainly say it can," Boudreau said. "I'm going to preach it until it can't. You watch the news every day. Miracles happen. So why can't miracles happen in sport?"

Said Teemu Selanne this morning, "We were struggling for a long time and really put ourselves behind the eight ball," said Teemu Selanne this morning. "That's the toughest part, especially when we feel we still have a good team here. If you had a bad team, you could live with that. That's why it's been so tough. We're just trying to stay hot right now and see how far we can go. You never know. It's a half-season. We've done it before. It's not easy, but it's possible."



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Congratulations to Corey Perry, who was selected by the league to his third All-Star Game today. Teemu Selanne, playing what is likely his last season and leading the Ducks with 41 points, politely declined. Selanne said this morning that he lobbied for Perry to represent the Ducks in the game as the reigning MVP and that, "It's better that Perry goes. This is the best way to do it. I've been there many times, and it's a great opporutnity for a young player. Perry was MVP last year and it's important that he's there." He added with a laugh, "Old guy needs to rest." 

Also, "My kid's going to have some hockey tournament," Selanne said. “I think it's important I spend time at home, too. I'm looking forward to it."

Perry leads the Ducks again with 18 goals, including his fourth career hat trick on Sunday night. "He says it could be his last year, so it surprised me," Perry said. "But that's the way he is. When something comes up for somebody else, he's going to help them get there, and that's what he did. That's the type of guy he is, and he's always been that way. Going near the end of his career, it means something to me."

Perry has a lot of family from Ottawa, and this will be a chance to play in front of them. “I’m excited,” he said. ”My dad’s side is all in Ottawa. It’s going to be kind of a homecoming for me. It’s special.”

Here's video of them both, courtesy of the Flames:

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60

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