Morning Skate: Jan. 25

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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 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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