Notes from the Road - Washington

Wednesday, 12.15.2010 / 11:20 AM PT / News
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Notes from the Road - Washington
By Dan Wood
Ducks Radio Analyst


WASHINGTON – The Ducks will again be without prolific right wing Teemu Selanne but expect to have second-line center Saku Koivu back in the lineup tonight when they face the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center.

Selanne, who has missed the past two games and seven of the past 11 because of a recurring groin issue, skated long after most of his teammates had left the ice this morning. Selanne had said previously that he was “close” to being ready for action, but Coach Randy Carlyle ruled him out for tonight’s game.

Despite having appeared in only 26 of the team’s 33 games, Selanne ranks third among Ducks scorers with 28 points, and his 10 goals are tied for third on the club.

Koivu, who has 10 goals and 16 points in 32 games, sat out Sunday’s 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild at Honda Center because of a bout with the flu. Koivu did not travel with the Ducks on their Monday flight to Washington, but flew in Tuesday.

“Better, good – ready to go,” Koivu said after participating in the morning skate.

“It was pretty bad,” Koivu said. “I didn’t feel well enough on Sunday. I needed some time off. It was a good thing we had two days, the Monday, Tuesday off – long travel, but no games.

“Obviously, it’s going to be a tough one for me. I haven’t really done anything the last couple of days, but I’ll slowly get back in.”

With two consecutive victories, a 3-0-1 mark in their past four games and a 12-6-3 record since the beginning of November, the Ducks will open a five-game East Coast swing against a Capitals squad facing unprecedented struggles since Coach Bruce Boudreau took over behind the bench during the 2007-08 season.

Washington is in the throes of a six-game losing streak, including a 5-4, shootout loss to visiting Toronto on Dec. 6, and is coming off a 7-0 pasting at the hands of the New York Rangers on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

The Capitals (18-11-3) still lead the Southeast Division and are second in the Eastern Conference, but have seen their division lead over Atlanta and Tampa Bay shrink to two and three points, respectively.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 76 47 21 8 218 183 102
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
5 MIN 75 43 25 7 215 185 93
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
11 DAL 75 36 29 10 232 240 82
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
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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