Practice Report (January 28): Ducks Get Set for San Jose

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Practice Report (January 28): Ducks Get Set for San Jose
“Over the past couple of years, I’ve been working on finishing all of my checks, being a little more physical and using my bigger frame to shield the puck better in the corners. In the defensive zone I needed to work on my stopping and starting, and I did that really well this weekend, and I keep getting better at it.” - Etem
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com


Practice shifted to THE RINKS – Anaheim ICE this morning before an afternoon flight to San Jose.

Emerson Etem and Sami Vatanen were recalled by the Ducks yesterday and both participated in practice.

ETEM UP
The talk of practice was the newest addition to the Ducks roster – Emerson Etem. The Long Beach, California native and former first-round draft pick was recalled (along with defenseman Sami Vatanen) from Norfolk of the American Hockey League. Forward Peter Holland and defenseman Jordan Hendry were reassigned to the Admirals.

Etem, 20, collected 14 points (12 goals, 2 assists) in 40 games with Norfolk at the time of his recall.

On what he’s worked to improve: “Over the past couple of years, I’ve been working on finishing all of my checks, being a little more physical and using my bigger frame to shield the puck better in the corners. In the defensive zone I needed to work on my stopping and starting, and I did that really well this weekend, and I keep getting better at it.”

On his Ducks training camp: “I thought I had a really good camp. I came in here with high expectations of myself, like I always do, and I was able to use my speed and just show what I needed to show, and it didn’t work out. But at the same time, I knew that if I got sent back [to Norfolk] I’d work as hard as possible to be back here. Now I’m here and I need to take it day by day and just work hard.”

On telling his parents of his recall: “I called them right after. They’re very happy. My mom was up there in Norfolk for the past weekend, so right after the game I told her. She was pretty stoked. I’ve got a lot of friends up there in San Jose so we’ll see what happens.”

When asked if he’s gotten word whether or not he’ll be in tomorrow’s lineup: “I know nothing (laughs). I’m literally doing this minute-by-minute here. I’m just focusing on the little things.”

BRUCE’S THOUGHTS
On Emerson Etem: “We like that we can use him at the right and left side. He’s got speed, size, strength, and can help on the PK. We want these guys to seize the opportunity. We want guys underneath to push the guys up here.”

WINNIK ON THE SHARKS
The Ducks will face their first Pacific Division opponent tomorrow night, and it happens to be a Sharks team that has yet to lose a game (5-0-0). In fact, the Sharks have outscored their opponents 23-8 over that span.

Daniel Winnik appeared in 21 games for San Jose last season after being acquired from the Colorado Avalanche at the trade deadline. Winnik went on to record five points (three goals, two assists) and shared some insight on what the Sharks bring to the table.

“They’re a good power-play team. That’s where they get a lot of their chances and that’s where they swing the momentum,” he said. “I think that if we play a disciplined game and our PK plays like it did during the last game, we should be good.

“It’ll be a good test. They’re one of the highest-scoring teams in the league and they’re beating everyone by at least two goals, so it’ll be a good first test. They’re divisional rivals, so we’ve got to come out strong.”

LINE COMBINATIONS

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

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

GOALTENDERS
Hiller – Fasth

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 76 44 27 5 219 204 93
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
J. Wisniewski 66 8 26 -14 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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