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Notes from the Road: Ducks Prepare for Battle with Panthers

Saturday, 02.18.2012 / 7:21 PM PT / News
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Notes from the Road: Ducks Prepare for Battle with Panthers
By Dan Wood
Ducks Radio Analyst


SUNRISE, Fla. – The challenge doesn’t figure to get any easier for the Ducks on the sixth stop of their marathon eight-game road trip.

“We’ve played some good teams so far on this trip, and we know Florida is a great team,” Brookbank said. “They’re going to be gunning for us. They’re going after first place in their division. Every game this time of year is huge. If we can come out of this somehow with three wins in these last three games, that would be great."
Not only does Southeast Division-leading Florida await Sunday at the BankAtlantic Center, but the Panthers are likely to be in a sour mood after Friday’s 2-1 loss to rival Washington that pulled the Capitals within two points of first place.

“These guys will be good because they have to win,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said Saturday after putting the Ducks through an early afternoon practice. “They’re the first team we’re playing (on the trip), other than Minnesota, that the state of urgency is now.

“For New Jersey, they’re pretty solidly in (a playoff position). For Pittsburgh, they’re pretty solidly in. Detroit is pretty solidly in. Columbus is pretty solidly out, but these guys and Minnesota … The game is going to be a tough, tough game.”

After opening their lengthy trek Feb. 10 with a shootout loss to the Red Wings, the Ducks scored consecutive victories over the Blue Jackets, Wild and Penguins. Then came another shootout defeat, Friday’s 3-2 setback to the Devils.

The Ducks, though, picked up a point in the standings by battling back to erase a 2-0 deficit on Corey Perry’s 29th goal of the season late in the second period and defenseman Sheldon Brookbank’s first goal of the year at 17:47 of the third.

With five victories and three extra-time defeats during an eight-game point streak, the Ducks improved to 14-2-4 since Jan. 6. Before Saturday’s play, the Ducks were seven points behind Phoenix and Los Angeles, which were in a virtual tie for the final two Stanley Cup playoff positions in the NHL’s Western Conference.

“We’ve played some good teams so far on this trip, and we know Florida is a great team,” Brookbank said. “They’re going to be gunning for us. They’re going after first place in their division. Every game this time of year is huge. If we can come out of this somehow with three wins in these last three games, that would be great.

“We’re focusing on this game against Florida. If we get that one, hopefully we can just keep it rolling and finish it off.”

If there is a fatigue factor after 10 days away from home, the Ducks are doing their best to block it out.

“It seems like we just go in the hotel and sleep, wake up, eat, practice or play every time,” Brookbank said. “It adds up after a while, but we’re used to it. Most of us have been doing this long enough to get used to this type of trip. We just have to gut it out. This time of year, you have to fight through it because everything is so important.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07

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