Ducks Hit the Road

Friday, 10.19.2007 / 1:14 PM PT / Features
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Ducks Hit the Road

By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com

After an early morning practice at Honda Center Friday, the Ducks packed their bags and headed for the road, where the team will play two games beginning with Saturday’s matchup against Pacific Division rival Dallas.

The road has not been friendly to the Ducks early on this season, as the team sports a 0-3-1 record away from Honda Center.

But the team has reason to be a bit happier hitting the road for the second time this season, as a successful homestand yielded three victories in four games to even the Ducks record at 4-4-1 on the season.

“I think we feel pretty good about it,” Ducks defenseman Sean O’Donnell said. “We wanted to get back to have a good homestand, get back to .500, we did that. We like the direction our game’s going.”

Also during the homestand, the Ducks lineup got a boost from the returns of Samuel Pahlsson and Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who were each previously out while recovering from with sports hernia surgery. Unfortunately, as two Ducks returned, two also went down. Against Minnesota on Oct. 14, Todd Bertuzzi suffered a concussion, and a slap shot by the Wild’s Kurtis Foster bruised Todd Marchant’s right ankle.

“That’s the life of a hockey team. Injuries, sickness and personal family matters are going to affect your ability to have your team together all the time,” coach Randy Carlyle said after Friday morning’s practice.

The good news is that for the second consecutive day, Marchant practiced with the team and was moving well out on the ice.

“Every day gets a little better,” said Marchant, who has progressed from having to use crutches the day following his injury. “The biggest thing is to keep the swelling down. Hopefully I won’t suffer any setbacks and should be okay and ready to go.”

After Saturday’s game with Dallas, the Ducks will head to St. Louis on Tuesday, where they will see a familiar face in Paul Kariya, who signed with the Blues in the offseason after spending the past two seasons in Nashville.

Dallas is a divisional rival. They’re a solid hockey club, they have been for years,” Marchant said. “St. Louis started slow last year but finished the year really strong. It seems like this year again their playing well. No game in this league or especially in this conference is easy. You have to be ready to play every night.”

Following the two-game trip, the Ducks will return to Honda Center on Oct. 25 to face Phoenix.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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 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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