Notes from the Road - San Jose

Friday, 09.25.2009 / 4:51 PM PT / Features
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Notes from the Road - San Jose
Dan Wood
Ducks Radio Analyst


The Ducks were in the midst of their morning skate Friday at HP Pavilion in San Jose when word came down that Rob Niedermayer had signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the New Jersey Devils.

Niedermayer, who spent five-plus seasons with the Ducks after having been acquired from the Calgary Flames in 2003, was an unrestricted free agent who had been among a host of NHL veterans having difficulty finding employment.

“He’s just happy all the waiting is over and he has a place to go play,” said Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer, Rob’s older brother.

The incredible irony in this development, obviously, is the fact that Scott Niedermayer spent the first 12 seasons of his NHL career in New Jersey, and opposed Rob when the Devils beat the Ducks in seven games in the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals.

Now, the possibility exists that the two, who won a Stanley Cup together with the Ducks in 2007, could again square off in the Finals, only with Scott playing for the Ducks and Rob for New Jersey.

“That would really be tempting,” Scott Niedermayer said. “It will be different to see him in a Devils uniform -- and me not be in one. It’s a little weird, for sure.”

A longtime fixture at right wing on the Ducks’ checking line, Rob Niedermayer will play center in New Jersey, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told reporters.

The Ducks, meanwhile, prepared for tonight’s preseason matchup with the Sharks, the penultimate game on an eight-game exhibition schedule that concludes with a Sunday contest against the Kings at Staples Center.

Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, who made his pre-season debut in Thursday night’s 3-2, overtime victory at Vancouver, is not scheduled to be in tonight’s lineup. Getzlaf, recovering from July 29 sports-hernia surgery, emerged from Thursday’s game with no physical problems.

“Back-to-back (games) wouldn’t be smart,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “I think he looked rusty in some situations, but he definitely showed what kind of player he is.”

Getzlaf played 20 minutes, 40 seconds against the Canucks, tops among Ducks forwards, picked up the primary assist on a third-period goal by defenseman Ryan Whitney, tied right wing Corey Perry for team-high honors with four shots on goal and dished out three hits.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
J. Wisniewski 66 8 26 -14 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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