Focus Remains on Positives for Ducks

Friday, 12.12.2008 / 3:20 PM PT / Features
X
Share with your Friends


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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 12 8 8 9 16
R. Getzlaf 12 2 14 9 16
J. Silfverberg 12 4 9 5 13
R. Kesler 12 4 5 4 9
H. Lindholm 12 2 7 2 9
P. Maroon 12 5 3 7 8
S. Vatanen 12 2 6 5 8
A. Cogliano 12 3 4 8 7
S. Despres 12 1 6 8 7
C. Fowler 12 1 6 9 7
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 10 2 2 .935 1.75


AnaheimDucks.com is the official Web site of the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim Ducks and AnaheimDucks.com are trademarks of Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

Privacy Policy     Contact Us    Jobs     Honda Center    Corporate Partnerships   Terms of Use   NHL TicketExchange  Site Map AdChoices