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Morning Report: Ducks Ready to Host Blue Jackets

Monday, 02.18.2013 / 11:45 AM PT / News
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"I've been skating in full practices for the last few days and I felt good. I definitely feel comfortable in net." -- Jonas Hiller
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks skated on Honda Center ice for the first time in two weeks after spending six games on the road (and going 5-1-0). Tonight’s opponent, the Columbus Blue Jackets, come into town with a two-game losing streak.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau offered an update on defenseman Cam Fowler after today’s skate.

FOWLER UPDATE
Though Cam Fowler has yet to skate since suffering an upper-body injury on Feb. 2, head coach Bruce Boudreau said the young defenseman could potentially be on the ice tomorrow.

“He rode the bike today and he’ll ride it again later today.

“He’ll probably be on the ice tomorrow and we’ll just take it one day at a time.”

Boudreau also noted that Fowler is symptom-free, and has been for a week now.

HILLER’S THOUGHTS
Goaltender Jonas Hiller was the first netminder to leave the ice this morning and said he’s felt good over the past few days.

“I’ve been skating in full practices for the last few days and I felt good. I definitely feel comfortable in net.

“You don’t want to push it too hard, because it might lock up again, so you want to go a little slowly, which I thought I did. I had a couple days by myself and was able to push it a little more every day. I think I definitely did a good job there.”

“We’re talking about it. We’ll see what we see tonight,” said Boudreau, with a chuckle, when asked if Hiller starts tonight’s game.

“He’s a great goalie. Fasth is a great goalie. I’m lucky right now to get the opportunity to start either one – I think you’re both getting a good goalie.

“He’s ready to play … when we decide to play him.”

MAROON ALL SMILES
Patrick Maroon
sat back in his stall inside the Ducks’ locker room this morning and smiled, conceivably still soaking in his big night in Saturday’s 3-2 shootout win in Nashville.

Maroon, who was recalled from Norfolk on Feb. 12, scored his first career NHL goal that tied the game 2-2 in Nashville. Maroon was playing in front of more than 20 friends and family, including his four-year-old son Anthony.

“I’m very proud and fortunate to have all of that support,” Maroon said. “It was my first NHL goal, something that everybody dreams of while playing in your basement [as a kid].”

On his line’s performance: “We were talking to each other on the bench. We were trying to wear their D out. We created energy on that shift and fought hard and battled.”

ON THE BLUE JACKETS
Boudreau offered insight on tonight’s opponent, the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“Those are the teams that fear me the most. When you’re playing a desperate team that needs the points, those are the teams that come in and play the hardest. I’ve been in on those teams and I know what it’s like, I think.

“It’ll be a tough game. Always is. Last time here, they beat us in a shootout. We’ll have to be at our best. We can’t use fatigue or our first game back from the road, which is usually a west coast killer, as an excuse for not playing at our best.”

LINE COMBINATIONS
Forwards
Beleskey – Getzlaf – Perry
Ryan – Bonino – Selanne
Cogliano – Koivu – Winnik
Maroon – Holland – Palmieri
Staubitz

Defense
Souray – Beauchemin
Sbisa – Lydman
Allen – Lovejoy
Guenin

Goaltenders
Hiller
Fasth
Deslauriers

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60

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