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Morning Skate: Jan. 25

Friday, 01.25.2013 / 2:42 PM / News
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Morning Skate: Jan. 25
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

Some observations from the morning skate at Honda Center, prior to the home opener tonight vs. Vancouver at Honda Center:

Peter Holland is expected to make his season debut tonight against the Vancouver Canucks. He scored his first career NHL goal against the Canucks on Nov. 11, 2011 at Honda Center.

With Ryan Getzlaf not on the ice for today’s skate, rookie Rickard Rakell filled in at center between Corey Perry and Kyle Palmieri. Rakell, however, is expected to be a healthy scratch tonight.

And as expected, Jonas Hiller was the first to leave the ice – an indication that he’ll be the starting goaltender for tonight’s game.

Defenseman Sami Vatanen was reassigned to Norfolk (AHL) earlier this morning.

HOLLAND’S TIME
Peter Holland
is expected to make his season debut tonight against the Vancouver Canucks. Holland centered the Ducks’ fourth line consisting of Devante Smith-Pelly and Matt Beleskey this morning.

In fact, Holland scored his first career NHL goal against the Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 11, 2011 at Honda Center.

“I’m excited, but there is a little bit of nervousness.” – Holland

“We’d love to see what his compete level is. I’d like to see a solid game from him. And if someone in the top-three centers goes out, he’s a guy that can easily replace them with his offensive ability.” – Bruce Boudreau

Rickard Rakell, who was slotted as the fourth-line center for the first two games of the season, is expected to be scratched from tonight’s lineup.

‘WE CAN’T BE SATISFIED’
Even after starting the season 2-0, Teemu Selanne made it clear that this isn’t a time for admiration.

“The biggest thing in this room right now is that we can’t be satisfied about this. It’s just two games and it’s a good bonus, but we just have to forget those and keep pushing forward because it’s going to be a tough schedule and making the playoffs is going to be tough. You can’t be satisfied about this.” – Selanne

More Selanne: “We can do better. Obviously, the good thing in Calgary is that we didn’t play that well but we still found a way to win the game. And that’s what makes some teams better than others because everybody can beat everybody when they’re playing their best. But getting that worst game and getting that best game’s gap as close as possible, that’s how you’re going to have success.”

LINDHOLM UPDATE
The rookie defenseman was on the ice for the third consecutive day and was paired with Jordan Hendry this morning.

“He’s progressing. He’s been [off the ice] for a while since the beginning of the World Juniors. It’s going to take him a while. Plus, we want to make sure he’s right before he starts playing. He’s too good of a player, too good of a young prospect for us to sit there and hurry up just because we need him. We’re going to make sure this thing goes the right way.” – Boudreau

LINE COMBINATIONS

FORWARDS
Perry – Rakell – Palmieri
Selanne – Bonino – Ryan
Winnik – Koivu – Cogliano
Smith-Pelly – Holland – Beleskey
Staubitz

DEFENSE
Fowler – Allen
Sbisa – Souray
Beauchemin – Lydman
Hendry – Lindholm

GOALTENDERS
Hiller – Fasth

NOTES: Ryan Getzlaf did not participate in the morning skate … Vancouver forward Manny Malhotra is not in Anaheim, due to the birth of his son.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 46 15 35 12 50
C. Perry 32 19 12 15 31
R. Kesler 47 13 17 -2 30
S. Vatanen 47 10 19 3 29
M. Beleskey 46 17 7 12 24
C. Fowler 46 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 39 4 18 1 22
H. Lindholm 46 5 14 13 19
J. Silfverberg 47 6 12 2 18
D. Smith-Pelly 41 4 11 5 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 26 6 5 .917 2.30

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