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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 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

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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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