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Leafs Blow Into Anaheim

Tuesday, 01.08.2008 / 5:57 PM / Features
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Leafs Blow Into Anaheim

By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com

An unfamiliar foe makes its way to Anaheim Wednesday night, as Toronto comes to Honda Center for the first time since 2003. And the new opposing faces are a welcomed sight for the Ducks.

“It’s just nice to see a different team,” Todd Bertuzzi said. “I think after awhile you get tired of the meetings when you know the opponent each and every time. It refreshes things.”

Rated by Forbes magazine as the most valuable NHL franchise, the Maples Leafs, also an Original Six member of the league, are not your average Ducks opponent. With them comes a large fan base.

“I’m sure you’re going to see more than your ample share of blue and white in the stands because there are lots of transplanted Canadians in California,” Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said. “It’s easily the most recognizable hockey franchise. Having played there a number of years ago and with the branding that’s taking place in the game, Toronto is front and center.”

Also with the Maple Leafs comes a heightened media presence back in Canada, where many Ducks grew up and/or still live in the offseason.

“It’s a huge game that will be exposed,” said Carlyle, a Sudbury, Ontario native. “It will be front and center in the media market in Toronto and across the nation.”

Added Bertuzzi, also a Sudbury native, “Obviously growing up and being from around that area, it’s nice to have a chance to get on TV there, so friends can watch.”

The struggling Leafs will have their work cut out for them against a Ducks team that appears to get getting things together. With four straight wins at home to improve their record at Honda Center to 13-6-4, the Ducks have slowly regained their status as one of the toughest teams to play for traveling opponents.

A big reason for the Ducks’ recent success has been the play of their defense, which has limited opponents to 1.25 goals per game in those four games.

“We think we have a pretty intimidating group of defensemen,” Carlyle said. “The addition of Scott Niedermayer allows us to put Pronger and O’Donnell out and then come back with Niedermayer and Beauchemin and then come back with Huskins and Schneider.”

After a blistering second period that featured four goals in an 8:07 span in the second period en route to a 5-2 win over Nashville on Monday, the offense is also starting to come around.

“Hopefully it continues,” Perry said after Monday night’s win. “We needed a game like that to take the monkey off our back.”

Another source of good news on Tuesday was the continued progress of checking line center Samuel Pahlsson. Pahlsson once again took part in practice with the Ducks at Honda Center and reported no setbacks in his comeback from an injured abdomen.

“I’m feeling better and going in the right direction,” Pahlsson said. “I’m skating pretty close to 100 percent. The whole team has been doing a really good job lately, so I like that. I want to get back as soon as you can."

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 


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