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Practice Report (Feb. 5): Preparing for the Road

Tuesday, 02.5.2013 / 1:30 PM PT / News
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Practice Report (Feb. 5): Preparing for the Road
"Usually trips like this bring teams together. I think we're already very close as a team and I think our start has indicated that, but it can only help because you're around everyone a little more." --  Daniel Winnik
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks got in a brisk, up-tempo practice at Honda Center before their afternoon flight to Denver to start a road trip that includes six games in 11 days.

After last night’s 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks, the Ducks enter the road trip with a 6-1-1 record through eight games (the best start to a season since 2006-07 when they went 6-0-2).

FOWLER UPDATE
Cam Fowler
was not on the ice for today’s practice.

Bruce Boudreau: “No updates. He’s not starting off on the trip, which doesn’t mean he’s not going to be on the trip, because I think we’re there for three or four months. [Laughs.] We’re all getting apartments on the road. To say he’s not coming on wouldn’t be the right thing.”

STATE OF MIND
The Ducks’ road trip features two sets of back-to-backs and includes games against Colorado, Dallas, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit and Nashville.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau shared his thoughts on the upcoming trip:

“I think it’s both good, in that we’ve played pretty well, and, I don’t know if this is the right word…apprehensive, because it’s six tough games in a short season. You’ve got to worry about it.

“When you play Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Dallas, Colorado, Nashville, it’s a tough grind. It’s nothing that we’re going in there thinking ‘we’re all that.’ We’ve gotten to where we are through hard work and tenacity. So we have to do the same thing to scratch out a win every game. There have been a lot of one-goal games for us.”

TEAM BONDING
Road trips often bring teams closer together, on and off the ice. With this being the team’s first extended road trip (and longest) of the season, Daniel Winnik and Toni Lydman shared their thoughts on the upside of being on the road.

Winnik: “Usually trips like this bring teams together. I think we’re already very close as a team and I think our start has indicated that, but it can only help because you’re around everyone a little more.

“Everyone’s used to long road trips, so at least we’re in a good city, Chicago, for a bit, so that’s nice. You’re going to get a little tired at times getting in late on the back-to-backs but that’s about it.”

Lydman: “I think the first thing that comes to mind was last year’s trip. I think it was an eight-game trip. It was really when the team got going. It was after we put some wins together. In the end it wasn’t enough, but that was the time when we started really hitting our stride.”

Lydman, on team chemistry: “It’s already building up nicely and this road trip is just going to help.”

PREVIEWING THE AVS
The first stop is Denver, where the Ducks will take on the Colorado Avalanche in the first of three meetings this season. Although their record is 4-5-0 (eight points), the Avs have a young, talented team.

Boudreau, on the Avalanche: “They’re awfully quick. They’re really fast and they play really good at home. Last night was their first loss at home this year. They’re young, they’re energetic, and they gave us a heap of trouble last year. I expect the same kind of game from them tomorrow as they’ve been doing all year.”

Winnik (former Avalanche player from 2010-12): “Playing the Avs, being there, they rely on their scoring a lot to win them games. With a good defense we should do well. And as always, special teams will be key.”

LINE COMBINATIONS
Forwards
Perry - Getzlaf - Etem
Selanne - Ryan - Palmieri
Cogliano - Koivu - Winnik
Beleskey - Bonino - Rakell - Staubitz

Defense
Souray - Beauchemin
Allen - Vatanen
Sbisa - Lydman
Lindholm

Goaltenders
Hiller - Fasth

NOTE: Devante Smith-Pelly was reassigned to Norfolk (AHL) this morning.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  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

STATS

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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