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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 - 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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07
A. Khudobin 3 3 0 .909 2.70

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