By Kyle Shohara
Currently mired in a 0-3-2 streak in their last five games, the Ducks had a new player on the ice this morning after adding some toughness to their lineup via trade yesterday.
Anaheim acquired rugged forward Tim Jackman from the Calgary Flames in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound winger has earned 64 points (24g/40a) with 654 penalty minutes in 400 career NHL games with Columbus, Phoenix, Los Angeles, the New York Islanders and Calgary. In 10 games this season, the 32-year-old has a goal and 41 penalty minutes in 10 games.
Jackman will wear 18 for the Ducks, formerly worn by Radek Dvorak during the 2012-13 season.
“I was surprised, and then I was excited,” he said after taking part in today’s morning skate. “I was in and out of the lineup and to come to a team like this really sparks some excitement. I’m grateful to be here.”
Jackman said the “writing was on the wall” in Calgary. “They have a lot of young guys and they want to bring them up,” he said. “I wasn’t in the lineup the last couple of days, and I got the phone call yesterday.”
“He brings a physical presence, toughness and that intimidation factor,” said Beleskey. “I think it’s good for the team, and he’ll help us work it down low and try and wear some teams down.”
Teemu Selanne said he liked the decision to bring in a guy like Jackman to the Ducks.
“I always like tough guys,” he said. “They can really make the difference on many nights. The way I look at things, he’s an insurance guy for us. He makes sure the game is played like how it should be."
RETURN OF VATANEN
Defenseman Sami Vatanen was on the ice this morning and is expected to play in Francois Beauchemin’s absence. Beauchemin suffered an upper-body injury in Wednesday’s game and was not on the ice this morning.
“It’s still staying as day-to-day,” said head coach Bruce Boudreau, adding that it’s “still up in the air” whether or not Beauchemin will travel with the team to Phoenix after tonight’s game.
GETTING BACK ON TRACK
Selanne sat back in his locker stall this morning and kept the message simple in regards to what’s needed to get the Ducks back on track. “We just have to play solid 60 minutes,” he said. “Avoid the mistakes we’ve done the last couple of games, and just play with confidence. That’s what it’s all about.”
“I think everybody wants to get back to the winning ways again,” he said. “We know where we are, and we just have to go one step at a time.”
SCOTT NIEDERMAYER NIGHT
The Ducks will honor their former captain and recent Hall-of-Famer tonight at Honda Center. Niedermayer became the third Duck player elected and the first to play more than a single season in an Anaheim uniform. In celebration of his recent induction, the Ducks are offering $27 tickets (selected seat locations) to tonight's game and an original Scott Niedermayer commemorative poster presented by Fox Sports Prime Ticket.
“Scotty was an unbelievable hockey player,” said Selanne, who hoisted his first ever Stanley Cup in 2007 alongside Niedermayer. “I’m so happy to see him go to the Hockey Hall-of-Fame. He deserved it. It was a pleasure to play with him for five years. He’s a good friend of mine. It’s going to be a fun night for him.”
Back in 2010, a bright-eyed 18-year-old named Cam Fowler enjoyed a successful rookie season on the ice with the Ducks. And off the ice, Fowler enjoyed the comforts of living with the Niedermayer family as he adjusted to the pro game.
“Not only did it help me be able to focus on hockey and not have to worry about where my meals were coming from or my laundry and stuff like that, but it gave me somebody who could guide me through it and help me along,” Fowler said. “He opened his home to me and I got to know his family and his kids really well. I think I know him personally a little bit better than other people, but he’s just an awesome guy.”
The Ducks and Lightning meet for the second time in eight days. The Lightning won 5-1 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on November 14, and is making its first trip to Honda Center since Nov. 3, 2010, a 3-2 overtime win by the Ducks. Three of the last five contests vs. Tampa Bay have been extended to the OT frame (all Anaheim wins) dating to Nov. 19, 2009, a 4-3 OT Ducks win at Honda Center (Niedermayer’s 13th and final career OT goal). The Ducks own an all-time record of 14-10-1 vs. the Lightning, including a 7-4-1 mark in Anaheim. Since the 2003-04 season, Anaheim has posted a 6-3-0 record vs. Tampa Bay. Selanne leads active Ducks skaters in career scoring vs. the Lightning, earning 31 points (16g/15a) in 30 games.
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