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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 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 66 41 18 7 196 162 89
3 STL 64 40 19 5 198 162 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 MIN 64 35 22 7 181 164 77
6 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
7 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
8 CGY 64 35 25 4 182 165 74
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 65 29 26 10 203 215 68
12 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 63 20 41 13 61
C. Perry 51 27 18 15 45
R. Kesler 66 17 24 1 41
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
J. Silfverberg 65 10 20 11 30
H. Lindholm 63 6 23 20 29
P. Maroon 58 7 21 -4 28
C. Fowler 65 6 22 3 28
R. Rakell 55 6 19 5 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 30 8 5 .917 2.34
J. Gibson 9 5 0 .924 2.41

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