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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 DAL 56 36 15 5 182 150 77
2 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
6 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
7 NSH 56 26 21 9 147 148 61
8 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
9 ARI 54 25 23 6 143 164 56
10 MIN 55 23 22 10 135 138 56
11 VAN 55 22 21 12 127 149 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 49 5 35 9 40
C. Perry 53 21 17 -4 38
R. Rakell 50 13 15 -3 28
R. Kesler 53 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 53 6 19 -1 25
C. Stewart 47 8 10 2 18
J. Silfverberg 53 6 12 -2 18
A. Cogliano 53 6 11 -9 17
H. Lindholm 52 6 8 -6 14
C. Fowler 40 3 9 -10 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 11 8 6 .920 2.30
J. Gibson 12 8 2 .917 2.13

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