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

Friday, 03.1.2013 / 11:54 AM PT / News
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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

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 51 25 19 7 113 121 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 51 21 15 -4 36
R. Getzlaf 47 5 31 7 36
R. Rakell 48 11 15 -3 26
R. Kesler 51 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 51 6 18 -2 24
J. Silfverberg 51 6 11 -3 17
C. Stewart 45 7 9 1 16
A. Cogliano 51 5 11 -10 16
H. Lindholm 50 6 8 -5 14
C. Fowler 38 3 9 -11 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 10 8 5 .918 2.33
J. Gibson 12 8 2 .917 2.13

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