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Notes from the Road - Minnesota

Tuesday, 10.6.2009 / 11:28 AM PT / Features
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Notes from the Road - Minnesota
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By Dan Wood
Ducks Radio Analyst


Ever-secretive, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle offered a vague, one-word answer when asked if there would be any lineup changes for tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

“Maybe,” Carlyle said after the club’s morning skate.

On-ice indications, however, were that center Andrew Ebbett and defenseman Nick Boynton  appeared likely to see their first regular-season game action.

The Ducks will attempt to bounce back from Saturday night’s season-opening, 4-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center. Video review of that game confirmed the obvious. Carlyle pointed to a number of sub-par areas – passing, offensive execution, defensive-zone coverage and a failure to capitalize on early power-play opportunities among them.

“The whole overall game,” Carlyle said. “We’re going to have to push some people to be better.”

With the Ducks opening a four-game road swing that includes games in Boston, Philadelphia and against the New York Rangers, the matchup with the Wild appears particularly important.

“We always talk about scheduling – the quirks in it,” Carlyle said. “It’s not up for negotiation. It’s what we have.”

Particularly with a roster that includes six new faces, the Ducks will attempt to use their week on the road to further get to know each other, in addition to gaining on-ice results.

“Sometimes it’s a positive to get your team together on the road,” Carlyle said. “With so many games, you’re not really together during the preseason. The road can be a bonding experience.”

SCHEDULE

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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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