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Ducks Get Injured Players Back at the Right Time

Friday, 11.2.2007 / 4:56 PM PT / Fan Zone
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Ducks Get Injured Players Back at the Right Time
By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com 

In Thursday night’s much-needed win over Columbus, the Ducks got the closest they have all season to seeing their full roster on the ice, and it couldn’t come at a better time.  The team starts a 10-game stretch against Pacific Division opponents beginning Saturday at Phoenix.

Ryan Getzlaf, Rob Niedermayer and Mathieu Schneider all returned to action Thursday night, leaving Todd Bertuzzi (concussion) as the lone Duck out with an injury. Their returns paid immediate dividends, as Niedermayer scored the Ducks’ lone goal in regulation and Schneider netted the only goal in a shootout to defeat the Blue Jackets 2-1.

“I think from a coaching point of view, it’s nice to finally get 90 percent of our lineup back,” Carlyle said after Friday’s practice. “When you have parts of your lineup that come back in and make a contribution in their first game, that’s always encouraging.”

Niedermayer believes the fusion of players back into the lineup can get the team building in a position direction.

“Last night was the building and we’re getting better. We’re getting our game where we want it to get to,” Niedermayer said. “I think we know every game is important right now because we want to get that (winning) feeling back.”

Said fellow winger Brad May, “We’ve got a huge stretch ahead of us with a lot of divisional games and it’s a challenge. There are certain points during the season that are very important. You can see them, sense them, and feel them. This is one of them.”

With most of its roster now intact, Carlyle said the focus of the team is to try and find some consistency as they embark on the critical stretch.

“We’ve battled through some difficult situations,” Carlyle said. “Now, it’s about getting this group to play a consistent brand of hockey. It’s very important moving forward and it just puts more of an emphasis on these next games that we’re playing and that starts Saturday in Phoenix.”

Notes
Carlyle said there was not much to report on the status of Bertuzzi. While Bertuzzi did return to the ice for practice a week ago, some concussion symptoms did reoccur, halting his return. “We’ve got to a stage where he’s worked out and then fell back,” Carlyle said. “You just start all over. It’s like climbing a mountain.”

 

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 7 2 3 4 5
J. Silfverberg 7 0 5 1 5
R. Kesler 7 4 0 2 4
A. Cogliano 7 2 2 -1 4
S. Vatanen 7 1 3 4 4
C. Perry 7 0 4 -7 4
C. Fowler 7 1 2 -2 3
C. Stewart 7 1 2 2 3
D. Perron 7 1 2 3 3
H. Lindholm 7 0 3 6 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 3 2 0 .947 1.41
J. Gibson 0 2 0 .900 3.08


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