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

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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.”

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60

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