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

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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 - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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