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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 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 46 15 35 12 50
C. Perry 32 19 12 15 31
R. Kesler 47 13 17 -2 30
S. Vatanen 47 10 19 3 29
M. Beleskey 46 17 7 12 24
C. Fowler 46 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 39 4 18 1 22
H. Lindholm 46 5 14 13 19
J. Silfverberg 47 6 12 2 18
D. Smith-Pelly 41 4 11 5 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 26 6 5 .917 2.30

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