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Morning Report: Ducks Ready to Host Blue Jackets

Monday, 02.18.2013 / 2:45 PM / 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 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 66 41 18 7 196 162 89
3 STL 64 40 19 5 198 162 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 MIN 64 35 22 7 181 164 77
6 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
7 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
8 CGY 64 35 25 4 182 165 74
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 65 29 26 10 203 215 68
12 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 63 20 41 13 61
C. Perry 51 27 18 15 45
R. Kesler 66 17 24 1 41
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
J. Silfverberg 65 10 20 11 30
H. Lindholm 63 6 23 20 29
P. Maroon 58 7 21 -4 28
C. Fowler 65 6 22 3 28
R. Rakell 55 6 19 5 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 30 8 5 .917 2.34
J. Gibson 9 5 0 .924 2.41

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