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Ducks Get Back from the Break in Phoenix

Monday, 01.30.2012 / 8:23 PM / News
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Ducks Get Back from the Break in Phoenix
By Dan Wood
Ducks Radio Analyst

“Everybody in the room knows what we have to do,” Boudreau said “We’ve known what we’ve had to do for a month now. Everybody’s sense of urgency is at different times in the year, as far as teams go. There are teams that haven’t reached their sense of urgency yet. We reached ours earlier than most teams.”
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Fresh from a five-day break for NHL All-Star weekend, the Ducks will look to pick up pretty much where they left off in a Tuesday night matchup with the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena.

Though the Ducks dropped their final contest before the break, a 1-0 decision at Dallas on Jan. 24, the club had gone 8-0-1 in its previous nine games and owns an 8-2-1 mark this month.

As much as 20 points out of the eighth and final Stanley Cup playoff position in the Western Conference as recently as Jan. 6, the Ducks have climbed within 12 points of the current eighth-place club, Minnesota. Thirty-four games remain for the Ducks to make up the necessary ground.

“Everybody in the room knows what we have to do,” coach Bruce Boudreau said after putting the Ducks through a late-afternoon practice session in Glendale. “We’ve known what we’ve had to do for a month now. Everybody’s sense of urgency is at different times in the year, as far as teams go. There are teams that haven’t reached their sense of urgency yet. We reached ours earlier than most teams.”

Perhaps a telling sign of that was the presence of right wing Corey Perry on the ice for Monday’s practice. Little more than 24 hours earlier, Perry had been in Ottawa, where he contributed a goal and an assist in Team Chara’s 12-9 victory over Team Alfredsson in the NHL All-Star Game.

The Coyotes, who edged the visiting Senators 3-2 in their final game before the All-Star break, are among three teams in a virtual tie for 10th place in the West, nine points ahead of the Ducks. Another of those clubs, the Stars, will be at Honda Center for a Wednesday night matchup in Anaheim.

“We know every team we’re playing against right now is a team that we’re trying to catch in the standings,” defenseman Francois Beauchemin said. “Every game is important. We just have to take it one by one.”

Beauchemin, who has two goals, seven points and a plus-10 mark over the past 10 games, is a leader among those who have raised their level of play considerably since New Year’s.

“Everybody has a lot of confidence," Beauchemin said. "We know we can win every night. It’s just a matter of being ready, being focused every night to score some goals. By doing that, we’ll win some games.”
“We feel really good about ourselves, the way we’ve been playing the last month,” Beauchemin said. “I think it shows with the record we’ve had in the month of January. We want to build on that.

“Everybody has a lot of confidence. We know we can win every night. It’s just a matter of being ready, being focused every night to score some goals. By doing that, we’ll win some games.”

A good illustration of how well the Ducks have played of late is the fact that both of their losses in the past 10 games, including a Jan. 12 overtime decision at Calgary, have been by 1-0 scores.

“We have to be able to keep it up and play better than what we did, even though I thought the last 10 games were as good as anybody’s,” Boudreau said. “We have to win at a pretty good rate if we want to continue the success we’re having.”

Wednesday’s date with Dallas will open a four-game home stand that also includes contests against Columbus on Friday, Calgary on Feb. 6 and Carolina on Feb. 8. Then comes an eight-game, 15-day road swing that could go a long way toward determining the Ducks’ fate this season.

“We have 15 games (in) 29 days,” Boudreau said, including Monday in his calculation. "I’ve read every team’s schedule. They all have tough rows to hoe. We just have to do what we do.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 

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