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Practice Report (Feb. 21): Ducks Get Back to Work

Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 4:08 PM / News
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Practice Report (Feb. 21): Ducks Get Back to Work
"We talk about having strong third periods and we want to make that our identity, and that comes with being one of the best conditioned teams in the league." -- Peter Holland
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com


One word can summarize today’s practice: brisk.

After having two days off following Monday’s victory over Columbus, the Ducks took part in what head coach Bruce Boudreau described as a “conditioning skate.”

The practice was short (only 75 minutes) but high in intensity.

Defenseman Cam Fowler participated in practice for the first time since being injured on Feb. 2.

BRUCE’S THOUGHTS
On Fowler: “He looked fine. We’ll see how he comes out of it. It was a fairly good skate for them. I haven’t been told whether he’s going to play or not, but we’ll find out by tomorrow.”

On today’s practice: “They had a couple of days off and today was a conditioning day. There was no system work or anything else. It was a conditioning down-and-back day for an hour-fifteen.”

On the decision to give the team two consecutive days off: “I didn’t know whether to take one day off, practice, then give them another day off. But five days of straight practice might’ve worn them out more than the games do. Some of our guys aren’t 21 years old. I think rest is better. That’s why we did a hard skate today to make sure their conditioning is where it should be, and they came through. At the end, that’s a tough skate.”

On the team’s success: “I’m pleasantly surprised. But at the same time, I fully believe that we’re going to do good right from the start of the year. I think if you don’t have that mental approach, then you’re in trouble.”

TEAM IDENTITY
Peter Holland
sat in his stall with his elbows on his knees and his head in his hands, still feeling the effects of today’s conditioning skate. But the 22-year-old said it’s all part of creating the team’s identity.

“This practice was just making sure the guys were in shape. We talk about having strong third periods and we want to make that our identity, and that comes with being one of the best conditioned teams in the league.”

On the benefit of having days off: “It helps with the body, but a huge part of it is the mental break that you can take from the rink. I know people think we’re robots and come to the rink and we’re able to play the game at the top level every night. But it’s a big thing to rest the body and mind and step away. Spend time with your family or your friends for some of the older guys. Or just have some rest for the younger guys who don’t have families of their own yet. Those days off are definitely critical.”

Holland told me that he went to catch a movie on his day off. After some reluctance, he told me he saw Safe Haven. “It’s just a little bit of my soft side coming out,” he laughed.

LINE COMBINATIONS
Forwards

Beleskey – Getzlaf – Perry
Winnik – Bonino – Selanne
Cogliano – Holland – Ryan
Staubitz – Maroon – Palmieri

Defense
Souray - Beauchemin
Lydman – Lovejoy
Fowler – Sbisa – Allen

Goaltenders
Fasth
Hiller

NOTE: Saku Koivu was not on the ice today because of flu-like symptoms, according to Boudreau.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 59 19 39 9 58
C. Perry 47 24 17 12 41
R. Kesler 62 15 22 -4 37
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 54 7 21 -3 28
H. Lindholm 59 6 22 19 28
J. Silfverberg 61 9 17 7 26
C. Fowler 61 5 21 -5 26
K. Palmieri 37 12 11 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 6 5 0 .915 2.69

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