Notes From Vancouver

Getzlaf expected to debut tonight

Thursday, 09.24.2009 / 2:04 PM PT / News
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Notes From Vancouver
By Dan Wood
Ducks Radio Analyst


The Ducks arrived in Vancouver late this morning with plans for top-line center Ryan Getzlaf to make his 2009 preseason debut tonight against the Canucks at GM Place.

Getzlaf, who tied for sixth in NHL scoring with 91 points, including 25 goals, last season, sat out the club’s training-camp scrimmages and the opening five exhibition games while continuing his recovery from offseason sports hernia surgery.

Getzlaf was among a majority of Ducks players who went straight to the team hotel for a quick off-ice workout, meal and afternoon of rest, while a handful of other players not expected to play tonight stopped off at GM Place to skate.

The itinerary that calls for games tonight in Vancouver and Friday night in San Jose did not allow for a traditional morning skate because the Ducks left Los Angeles early this morning.

“I think when we’ve put in the workload that we’ve applied here with our group in the last couple of days, it might be an advantage not to skate,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “As long as we’re ready to go when the puck drops …”

Had it been a regular season game, the Ducks would have traveled to Vancouver on Wednesday.

“In the real world, we’d (have a morning) skate, but it’s preseason,” Carlyle said. “These are situations that it makes more sense financially to not add that burden at this point.”

Getzlaf is expected to skate in his usual spot between wingers Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan, while erstwhile center Andrew Ebbett is likely to team with center Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne on the second line. Winger Joffrey Lupul, who had been skating alongside Koivu and Selanne, has been bothered by a stiff back and is not expected to play.

Versatile forward Erik Christensen, who has yet to make a pre-season appearance while rehabilitating from major shoulder surgery, is not expected to play against the Canucks.

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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60

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