Focus Remains on Positives for Ducks

Friday, 12.12.2008 / 6:20 PM / Features
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Focus Remains on Positives for Ducks
By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com


"I think anytime you play a game and you don't win, you try to learn from your mistakes first of all and second of all, you try to look at some positive from that game that you can carry into your next one," Todd Marchant said.
Following a whirlwind 24 hours that featured two flights and a 2-0 loss to the NHL-leading Sharks, the Ducks were back at practice on Friday at Anaheim ICE with their attention narrowed in on the positives from the short trip to the Bay Area.

Despite the shutout loss that dropped their record to 16-11-3 on the season, the Ducks held surging San Jose to 27 shots on the evening (they rank second in the league with 35.8 attempts per contest) and to just goals two tallies on the scoreboard.

“We can’t look at it as a game that we’re going to get frustrated and hang our heads,” Ducks forward Todd Marchant said. “I think anytime you play a game and you don’t win, you try to learn from your mistakes first of all and second of all, you try to look at some positive from that game that you can carry into your next one.”

Tops in the league with 104 goals, the Sharks have only been kept to two goals or less on seven occasions in 28 games. After last night, the Ducks have now done it to them twice in three meetings (the other being San Jose’s only time shutout thus far, a 4-0 loss in Anaheim on Oct. 17).

“I think in last night’s game we worked hard and held them under 30 shots in their building, which is a positive,” Marchant said. “But we didn’t stick to the structure that we had been doing recently. Our execution wasn’t where we needed to be. As a result, they come away with a 2-0 win.”

With San Jose owning the league’s best record at 23-3-2, the Ducks looked at the game as somewhat of a measuring stick on where they currently stand. “They are the best team in the National Hockey League right now,” Marchant said. “What does that tell us after last night’s game? We’ve got work to do. There are areas of our game that need to be better both as a team and as individuals. We need to correct that on Sunday night.”

"You can't be a solid hockey club without a good home record," Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said. "Hopefully our home ice issues are behind us. We've got good hockey clubs coming in. We have to be mentally prepared and focused to play the game."
Back at home for Sunday’s tilt with the Minnesota Wild, the Ducks will look to continue a four-game winning streak at Honda Center. Uncharacteristically starting the year off with a 1-3 mark in their building, Anaheim has since bounced back and now holds a 9-6-2 home record.

“You can’t be a solid hockey club without a good home record,” said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle, whose group was 80-25-18 the past three seasons in Orange County. “We’ve had a good home record in this building. It’s not a given. You have to work at it. Hopefully our home ice issues are behind us. We’ve got good hockey clubs coming in. We have to be mentally prepared and focused to play the game.”

Said Marchant, “We’ve got to make Honda Center a tough place to play. You got to use that to your advantage. We’ve done a better job of it lately and have to continue to do that.”

SCHEDULE

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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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