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Ducks Hit the Road

Friday, 10.19.2007 / 4:14 PM / 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 ANA 33 21 7 5 97 89 47
2 CHI 32 22 9 1 100 64 45
3 STL 31 21 8 2 94 72 44
4 NSH 30 20 8 2 81 59 42
5 VAN 31 18 11 2 89 88 38
6 SJS 32 17 11 4 90 82 38
7 WPG 32 16 10 6 78 75 38
8 LAK 32 15 11 6 84 78 36
9 CGY 33 17 14 2 97 90 36
10 MIN 30 16 12 2 86 78 34
11 DAL 30 12 13 5 87 103 29
12 COL 30 10 13 7 78 98 27
13 ARI 31 11 16 4 72 100 26
14 EDM 32 7 19 6 66 106 20

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 32 10 24 6 34
R. Kesler 33 11 15 0 26
S. Vatanen 33 9 15 2 24
C. Perry 23 14 8 11 22
M. Beleskey 33 14 3 11 17
C. Fowler 32 3 14 0 17
J. Silfverberg 33 4 12 6 16
H. Lindholm 33 3 11 10 14
P. Maroon 25 2 12 -6 14
D. Smith-Pelly 30 4 7 1 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 17 5 4 .912 2.46


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