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Ducks Hope to End Road Trip on Good Note

Monday, 10.25.2010 / 12:36 PM PT / News
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Ducks Hope to End Road Trip on Good Note
By Dan Wood
Ducks Radio Analyst


DALLAS – The chance to gain a split on a demanding four-game road trip and complete the season’s first 10 games with a 4-5-1 record might not seem like a whole lot, but given their daunting early season schedule, the Ducks could consider such a scenario a significant success.

In order to accomplish that, however, the Ducks will need to defeat the Dallas Stars in Tuesday night’s matchup at the American Airlines Center.

It isn’t that things will get appreciably easier, what with upcoming back-to-back games Friday night against New Jersey at Honda Center and Saturday night at San Jose, but the game in Dallas completes an opening stretch of 10 games that featured seven on the road. After this weekend, the Ducks will play five of six games at home.

“We look at every game – it could be the turning point for us in the season, get us going the right direction,” Ducks forward Todd Marchant said. “What I mean by that is not just winning one, losing one, winning one, losing one. I’m talking about winning four or five in a row or getting points in six or seven straight. That’s what we’re looking to start.”

With that in mind, the Ducks went through a spirited practice Monday morning despite less-than-ideal ice conditions at the American Airlines Center. Coach Randy Carlyle said unusual weather that included relatively high humidity contributed to the sloppy surface.

“We felt we covered some of the areas we’re going to continually work on, and see if we can improve our level of play,” Carlyle said. “We need to focus on the little things, and not turn that puck over so many times in situations where we feel we have a better option.”

The Ducks opened their current trip Wednesday with a 3-1 loss at Columbus and rebounded the next night to win 3-2 at Philadelphia, but let two- and one-goal leads get away Saturday night in a 5-4 loss at Detroit.

“You take whatever you can get when you’re on the road,” Carlyle said. “It’s a huge game for our hockey club. We get a chance to salvage .500 here. We’re playing a division rival. These are important games.

“We know the Dallas hockey club is playing very well. A lot of things have gone right for them. They’ve had a great start. Their young players are starting to make major contributions to their lineup. They’re a difficult team to play against.”

The surprising Stars, 5-2, are coming off a 1-0 loss to visiting Nashville on Saturday. A regulation victory Tuesday would bring the Ducks within one point of Dallas.

“Finishing the first 10 games, we would love to have a better record than we have,” Marchant said. “You look at some of the games, and we’ve given some points away. We know that. It could be a lot better than it is. We’re definitely looking at this game as hopefully something for us to start to build on.”

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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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