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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 23 14 4 5 63 56 33
2 VAN 22 15 6 1 67 61 31
3 NSH 21 14 5 2 61 45 30
4 STL 22 14 6 2 59 46 30
5 CGY 23 13 8 2 73 64 28
6 LAK 22 11 6 5 60 53 27
7 CHI 21 12 8 1 63 44 25
8 WPG 23 11 9 3 49 53 25
9 MIN 20 12 8 0 58 44 24
10 SJS 23 10 9 4 62 64 24
11 DAL 22 9 9 4 64 74 22
12 COL 22 8 9 5 57 70 21
13 ARI 23 9 11 3 57 71 21
14 EDM 22 6 14 2 51 77 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 22 6 13 1 19
S. Vatanen 23 5 13 -1 18
C. Perry 18 12 5 8 17
R. Kesler 23 6 11 -2 17
M. Beleskey 23 10 2 5 12
C. Fowler 22 2 9 0 11
J. Silfverberg 23 1 9 5 10
D. Smith-Pelly 20 3 5 1 8
P. Maroon 15 1 7 -1 8
A. Cogliano 23 3 4 -2 7
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 10 2 4 .922 2.10
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28

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