Morning Report: Ducks Ready to Host Blue Jackets

Monday, 02.18.2013 / 11:45 AM PT / News
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Morning Report: Ducks Ready to Host Blue Jackets
"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 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
2 ANA 75 46 22 7 219 211 99
3 NSH 74 45 21 8 211 178 98
4 CHI 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
6 VAN 73 43 26 4 211 195 90
7 WPG 74 38 24 12 207 195 88
8 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
9 LAK 73 36 23 14 196 182 86
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
11 SJS 73 35 30 8 201 206 78
12 COL 73 33 28 12 196 205 78
13 EDM 74 21 40 13 177 254 55
14 ARI 74 22 44 8 154 246 52

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 72 23 43 12 66
C. Perry 60 31 20 14 51
R. Kesler 75 19 27 -6 46
S. Vatanen 60 12 24 6 36
J. Silfverberg 74 12 23 10 35
H. Lindholm 72 7 26 21 33
P. Maroon 66 8 24 -5 32
J. Wisniewski 64 8 24 -14 32
M. Beleskey 61 22 9 13 31
C. Fowler 73 7 24 1 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 31 11 5 .913 2.42
J. Gibson 12 7 0 .914 2.65

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