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Notes from the Road - Minnesota

Tuesday, 10.06.2009 / 2:28 PM / Features
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Notes from the Road - Minnesota
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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 

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