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

Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 1:08 PM PT / 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 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07
A. Khudobin 3 3 0 .909 2.70

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