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Break Time's Over

Tuesday, 01.31.2012 / 9:48 AM PT
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Ducks Off the Ice by Adam Brady
Break Time\'s Over

The last time the Ducks were in Glendale? They had a different coach and all the players had mustaches. Times have changed a bit.
If it feels like it's been awhile since the Ducks have played a hockey game, it's because it's been awhile since the Ducks have played a hockey game.

Anaheim's week-long hiatus dictated by the All-Star break ends tonight when they take on the Coyotes in Phoenix (or rather, Glendale) at 6:00 our time. (Reports out of Glendale indicate that Corey Perry will reportedly be using a full-sized stick the entire game.)

For the Ducks, it's not only the first game out of the break, but hopefully the continuation of a major push to get into playoff position. That push started in early January, when the Ducks reeled off an 8-0-1 stretch to go from 20 points out of the eighth spot to 11. But it hit a slight bump in the road when the Ducks were edged 1-0 in Dallas a week ago today, the last game before the break. They go into the final 34 games of the season 12 points behind Minnesota's eighth slot. 

“Everybody in the room knows what we have to do,” Bruce Boudreau said after holding a late-afternoon practice session in Glendale yesterday. (It was a practice, by the way, that All-Star Corey Perry took part in after hustling back from Ottawa.)  “We’ve known what we’ve had to do for a month now. Everybody’s sense of urgency is at different times in the year, as far as teams go. There are teams that haven’t reached their sense of urgency yet. We reached ours earlier than most teams.”

The Coyotes have fallen three points out of playoff position thanks to a swoon that has coincided slightly with the Ducks' hot streak. The Yotes are 4-7-5 in their last 16 games, including a 6-2 rout by the Ducks a couple weeks ago at Honda Center.

While the break came at a time the Ducks were playing their best hockey, Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said yesterday it was a welcome respite for his club. “We needed the break bad,” Tippett said. “Our group has been exhausted for a couple of weeks. I think within a six-week period, we were 28,000 miles traveled, which is unheard of in the League. I can't ever remember a stretch like this.”

Said Boudreau, “They’re in a state or urgency as well right now. And they know that we’ve beaten them the last two times we’ve faced them. It should make for a good game.”

Jason Blake, still struggling with that leg/foot injury, did not skate this morning and is questionable. Meanwhile, Matt Beleskey did skate this morning as he recovers from a hand injury suffered in the same game, but his status for tonight is still uncertain.

“It’s getting there,” Beleskey told the OC Register yesterday. ”It’s coming back. I wouldn’t rule it out. It’s just a little sore still.”


SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 14 2 17 10 19
C. Perry 14 9 8 10 17
J. Silfverberg 14 4 12 4 16
R. Kesler 14 6 6 3 12
S. Vatanen 14 3 7 6 10
P. Maroon 14 6 3 8 9
A. Cogliano 14 3 6 9 9
H. Lindholm 14 2 7 2 9
M. Beleskey 14 7 1 -2 8
C. Fowler 14 2 6 8 8
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 11 3 3 .925 2.06

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