Practice Report (Feb. 23): Ducks Ready for the Avs

Saturday, 02.23.2013 / 3:43 PM / News
Cam Fowler
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

Special teams work was the focus of today’s practice at THE RINKS – Anaheim Ice. As of today, the Ducks’ power play ranks 8th in the league (11-of-47, 23.4%) but their penalty killing is only good for 28th (43-of-58, 74.1%).

"The players are finally understanding the concepts of what we want to get done,” said head coach Bruce Boudreau.

“As far as the penalty killing goes, it’s a work in progress. I think we’re a lot better understanding of what we’re doing now than we were three weeks ago. And instead of four guys working individually to try to get the puck out, now we’re working as one unit, which is good.”

CLEARED TO PLAY
Cam Fowler
was on the ice today and could be in tomorrow’s lineup, though Coach Boudreau wouldn’t exactly reveal his cards.

“He’s physically able to go. I don’t know if he’s going to go, but he’s got clearance to play.”

With a demanding stretch of five games in the next seven days and 25 contests over the next 45 days, Boudreau says using seven defensemen on a regular basis will give some of the older defensemen a rest.

“They’re all playing good. But in the end, I think what’s going to be good about it is using all seven defensemen. We’re coming through a pretty rough stretch. We do have a 35- , a 37- , and another 35-year-old and there’s going to be times when they need rest.

“There’s going to be times when we play teams that are a little quicker than normal, and we’ll be able to put in a little quicker unit. And there’s times when we’re going to play big teams where we need that strength all the time. It gives you a chance to move people around.”

KEEPING THE MOJO
Boudreau admitted that the six-day break the Ducks have had in between games is a bit too long for his liking.

“It’s a long break by any stretch of the imagination whether it’s an 82-game season or not. We would’ve liked it to have been a little bit less, but I think we’re hungry to play again.

“Have we lost any mojo or any of that stuff? I don’t know. We’ll find out tomorrow. The proof will be there. How we come out. Are we flat? Do we have energy? A lot of things we’ll see tomorrow.”

Daniel Winnik, on whether the break has affected the team’s momentum: “No, I don’t think so. It just gets us re-energized. The last two games we played weren’t good at all. We were lucky to get four points, especially in Nashville. We have to thank [Viktor Fasth] and [Jonas Hiller] for those wins. Hopefully we get our legs back and secure the same mojo going forward.”

FACING THE AVS
Winnik, on the Avalanche
: “We need to gap-up as much as we can and take time and space away from quick teams. [The Avalanche] is not the biggest team out there. Usually it kind of kills their will, in a sense.”

The Avs will get a boost with captain Gabe Landeskog expected to play after missing 11 games due to head and leg injuries.

“He’s kind of a bull on the ice. He definitely doesn’t have to the build of 19- or 20-year old,” said Winnik. “He just works really hard. He goes to the net and that’s where he gets rewarded for most of his goals.”

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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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