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 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 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 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
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 74 24 44 14 68
C. Perry 62 32 20 16 52
R. Kesler 77 19 27 -4 46
S. Vatanen 62 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 76 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 68 9 25 -3 34
C. Fowler 75 7 27 5 34
J. Wisniewski 65 8 25 -14 33
H. Lindholm 73 7 26 22 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 12 7 0 .914 2.65

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