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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

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 50 21 14 -2 35
R. Getzlaf 46 4 30 6 34
R. Rakell 47 11 15 1 26
R. Kesler 50 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 50 6 18 0 24
J. Silfverberg 50 6 11 -3 17
C. Stewart 44 7 9 1 16
A. Cogliano 50 5 11 -10 16
H. Lindholm 49 6 8 -4 14
C. Fowler 37 3 9 -9 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 10 8 5 .918 2.35
J. Gibson 12 7 2 .923 1.92


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