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'We're in Playoff-Mode Hockey'

The Ducks know that the next 13 games will make or break their season

Tuesday, 03.15.2011 / 6:21 PM / News
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\'We\'re in Playoff-Mode Hockey\'
By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com


The five teams immediately above the Ducks in the Western Conference standings will all be in action tonight. Four are playing each other, meaning the results will do little to help the Anaheim at this juncture.

“We're in playoff-mode hockey,” Perry said. “Every point is crucial for us. We are just trying to battle as hard as we can to get that playoff spot. It’s going to take everybody in this dressing room to get in.”
The Ducks spent Tuesday’s practice concentrating on themselves and what it will take from their end during these final 13 regular season games to gain a playoff berth. Loaded with firepower (being the only team in the league with five 50-point players), the Ducks feel like they needn’t worry about others if they simply play to their capabilities.

“We're in playoff-mode hockey,” said Corey Perry, the team leader in goals (36) and points (75).  “Every point is crucial for us. We are just trying to battle as hard as we can to get that playoff spot. It’s going to take everybody in this dressing room to get in.”

Getting production throughout the lineup is a concern for Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. While Perry and Lubomir Visnovsky have combined for 10 goals in the last five games (during which the Ducks have a 3-2-0 record), the rest of the team has totaled seven all together.

“It’s the responsibility of some other people in our lineup to make more of a contribution,” Carlyle said. “As we go down the stretch, that is what teams are made up of. It’s not always your main guys who are getting the points and making a difference for you. We know in order for us to have success, everybody has to be able to accountable, both on the offensive and defensive side of the puck.”

Anaheim (37-27-5, 79 points) will also need to come out of the gate much stronger than it has in the past two contests. They have headed into the first intermission of those games down by one goal. At Colorado, the team was able to quickly turn things around by scoring four second period goals en route to a 6-2 victory. Against Phoenix, the Ducks tied the game briefly in the second period before giving up three answered to the Coyotes in a 5-2 defeat.

“In this league, if you don’t play 60 minutes, it’s really tough to win a hockey game,” Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa said.  “Everybody’s motivation was high and everyone gave their best, but sometimes in those situations, you really don’t have an explanation of what happened.”

“The most important thing is, if we lose a game, the rule has to be to never lose two in a row,” Sbisa said. “If you lose two in a row right now, you are pretty much done. A lot of pressure comes with that. We try not to think too far ahead."
Echoed Perry, “If we had answers, we’d correct them. We talked about it today. We know we can’t have those things going on. We have to come out and be ready to play from the start of the game.”

The players know the next four weeks of action will not be easy. Among the teams in positions four through 10 in the West (all having between 79-84 points), the Ducks have the most games (10) against clubs currently in playoff position. Anaheim’s four back-to-back contests in that timeframe are also more than any other club.

“The most important thing is, if we lose a game, the rule has to be to never lose two in a row,” Sbisa said. “If you lose two in a row right now, you are pretty much done. A lot of pressure comes with that. We try not to think too far ahead. Everybody is aware of the last five-six games (of the season) and who we play. It’s going to be San Jose and L.A. twice in there. We want to get as many points as we can right now and not have to rely on those games.”

In the immediate future is the final regular season game against the Blues tomorrow night at Honda Center. The three previous games have been all or nothing for Anaheim. They have lost twice in St. Louis by a combined score of 14-4. However, it was the Ducks who walked away with a 7-4 victory on Jan. 12 in Orange County, a game in which Bobby Ryan recorded his third career hat trick (the first at home).

There has also been an abundance of fighting and aggressive play in those three previous contests, with the teams combining for 71 penalties spanning 279 minutes. Even with St. Louis being in 13th place in the West and 10 points out of a playoff spot, the Ducks expect another hard-fought battle puck drop tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m.

“They have a team that can score goals,” Perry said. “They put nine up against us (on Feb. 19). We have to be ready to play. They may not be in the (playoff) picture, but they will still go out and try to play their best hockey. We’re going to be playing as hard as we can.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 47 15 35 13 50
C. Perry 33 19 12 16 31
R. Kesler 48 13 18 -1 31
S. Vatanen 48 10 20 5 30
M. Beleskey 47 18 7 13 25
C. Fowler 47 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 40 5 18 2 23
H. Lindholm 47 5 15 14 20
J. Silfverberg 48 6 12 2 18
K. Palmieri 24 10 5 1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 6 5 .919 2.24
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28

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