Morning Report (Mar. 1): Ducks Ready for Wild

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Morning Report (Mar. 1): Ducks Ready for Wild
Southern California-born players Emerson Etem (Long Beach) and Jason Zucker (Newport Beach) go way back.
By Kyle Shohara
@kyleshohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks were back on the ice this morning in preparation for tonight’s matchup against the visiting Minnesota Wild. Anaheim is riding a seven-game winning streak on home ice and has victories in seven of eight games overall (7-1-0).

Saku Koivu was not on the ice, but is expected to play tonight on Anaheim’s third line with Andrew Cogliano and Daniel Winnik. Also, Ben Lovejoy is expected to make his return to the lineup after being scratched in Wednesday’s game. Sheldon Souray was the seventh defensemen in drills today. Jonas Hiller was the first goaltender to step off the ice this morning, an indication he’ll be tonight’s starter.

REST IS KEY
Francois Beauchemin
has been a workhouse for the Ducks this season and his average time-on-ice per game (23:45) leads the team. But with a busy month of March on top of a condensed schedule, the 32-year-old defenseman says getting rest whenever possible is important.

“There’s still a lot of work to do. We’re going to play a lot of games in not many days in the next few weeks, and it’s going to be important to get our rest when we have to. We have to be ready for those back-to-back games, especially tonight and tomorrow.”

Coach Boudreau, when asked if Souray will be scratched: “You might see it. I’ve got to talk to him. Somewhere during this month there’s going to be days off for him and other guys, too. You look at him and how his season went last year and you look at him that he is an older player, how many minutes he plays. All of these things you want to take into account. There are a lot of reasons why you want to keep a guy like him fresh because he’s great for us.”

SoCal ROOTS
Two Southern California-born players who played youth hockey together are now about to face each other on the big stage. Long Beach native Emerson Etem says he and Jason Zucker (Newport Beach) go way back.

“We played one year [on the U.S. National Development team] and [played together] even in youth hockey, Peewee and Triple A. We went to nationals and stuff like that. We’re very familiar with each other.

“We were in different conferences in the AHL. I haven’t played against him so tonight should be a first. It should be good.”

ON THE WILD
Boudreau: “They’re four lines deep if you look at their four lines. They’re playing well right now and [Ryan] Suter is on the ice for half of the game, one of the best defensemen in the league facing you all the time. And they can skate. When you add all those elements and throw the addition that they want to win. They’re playing hard. It makes for a good team.

“Also, they’re very good defensively because they haven’t scored a lot of goals, so every game is a real tight game. There are a lot of elements on why they’re good and why they’re going to be a good team.”

MORNING SKATE LINE COMBINATIONS
Forwards

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

Defense
Lydman – Beauchemin
Sbisa – Fowler
Allen – Lovejoy

Goaltenders
Hiller
Fasth

NOTE: Koivu was not on the ice but is expected to be in tonight’s lineup.

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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