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Morning Report (Mar. 6): Ducks Ready for Coyotes

Wednesday, 03.06.2013 / 2:34 PM / News
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Morning Report (Mar. 6): Ducks Ready for Coyotes
"[Kyle] was doing really good today. So it's a day at a time. It wouldn't surprise me at all, quite frankly, if he was on the ice in the next day or two." -- Boudreau
By Kyle Shohara
@kyleshohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks wrapped up their morning skate at Honda Center in preparation for tonight’s contest against the Phoenix Coyotes. Tonight is the finale of the three-game series against the Coyotes, the first time in club history the Ducks have faced the same opponent in three straight games.

MIX AND MATCH
Head coach Bruce Boudreau isn’t shy about switching up line combinations to get things going. Yesterday in practice, Boudreau had Bobby Ryan on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Up to this point, Ryan has primarily played on the Ducks’ second line on the wing or center with Teemu Selanne.

Boudreau, on using different line combinations: “It’s what I’ve done in the past. Everybody would love to have four lines and the same three guys on every line and chemistry going good and everybody being successful all the time. But when that’s not happening, there’s games where guys aren’t going good and you’ve got to move them around. And there are injuries where you’ve got to move guys around. Sometimes playing one guy in a different position affects four lines. That’s why lines change.”

Getzlaf: “Bruce is a communicator. He lets us know about everything that’s going on. He told us right away that he likes to do that. He doesn’t like to keep things one general way. By now, we’ve played with everybody. Whoever we’re playing with that night we’ll have a few talks before games. Generally, we play a puck-possession game and everyone who steps on our line knows that. They’ve got to come in and work and we’ve got to try and work with them.”

NO ROOM FOR ERROR
The Ducks have had multiple leads slip away in each of the first two games against the Coyotes. Despite earning points in consecutive 5-4 shootout losses, the margin for error is slim and the Ducks are looking to tighten up their game.

Getzlaf: “They’re good hard-fought games. There are good goaltenders on both sides that are making timely saves. We’re getting goals. So that’s a good thing on the offensive side. On the defensive side we’ve got to tighten things up. We’re not a team that can give up four goals a game and expect to win. We’ll work on that tonight. We did yesterday. We tightened a few things up in practice.”

Ryan: “Every night is just two points. We’re not looking at it as a best of three series with them, and we never really did. We just looked at it as a chance to put some major ground between us and a divisional rival, and we haven’t been able to do that.”

PALMIERI UPDATE
Boudreau, on Palmieri’s status: “I wouldn’t say a ways away. He was doing really good today. So it’s a day at a time. It wouldn’t surprise me at all, quite frankly, if he was on the ice in the next day or two.”

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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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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