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Morning Report (March 18): Ducks Ready for Sharks

Monday, 03.18.2013 / 3:28 PM / News
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Morning Report (March 18): Ducks Ready for Sharks
"We take pride in our building. We try to protect our house and not let teams come in here and feel like they have a good chance of winning." -- Cam Fowler
By Kyle Shohara
@kyleshohara

AnaheimDucks.com


After a successful three-game road trip that saw Anaheim earn five out of a possible six points, the Ducks were back on home ice this morning in preparation for tonight’s matchup against the San Jose Sharks.

Tonight marks the beginning of a five-game homestand for the Ducks that includes two games against the Sharks and Detroit Red Wings, respectively, and one against the Western Conference-leading Chicago Blackhawks – all in a span of eight days.

If the morning skate is any indication, Viktor Fasth will get the start in net while Brandon McMillan and Ben Lovejoy are tonight’s healthy scratches.

‘WE WANT TO BE A GREAT TEAM’
“We have another level we can take our game to,” said Sheldon Souray. “We haven’t been playing great. We’ve been playing pretty good, but we want to be a great team. What a better way to try and show it than against great competition. We have a tough schedule here, but that’s no excuse. It’s a good challenge and it starts tonight. “

HOME ICE ADVANTAGE
The Ducks enter tonight’s game winners of 11 straight at Honda Center. In fact, since the start of 2009-10, there have been only four instances in which a club has won as many as 11 straight home games, and two of those belong to the Ducks.

Cam Fowler: “We take pride in our building. We try to protect our house and not let teams come in here and feel like they have a good chance of winning. I think we’ve done a good job of that lately. It’s something we want to continue with.”

Souray: “We’ve been able to have some success at home because our building’s been into it. We’ve had a loud crowd. We’ve, for the most part, given them something to cheer about. So it’s just kind of been a snowball effect of how the success has grown at home.”

ACCOUNTABILITY
Souray: “For us, it’s just a matter of not going to wait and see what they’re going to do. We’re not going to wait for the next line to go out and create some momentum. Individually, we have to be ready for the start of the game and have the kind of mindset that each one of us can be a difference maker. We’re going to need every guy to step up. We’re playing quality teams and quality competition so we have to have everybody competing hard and bringing their best games.”

FACING THE SHARKS
The Sharks come into tonight’s game with a 1-2-2 record in their last five games and 14 points back of Anaheim in the division. Despite their recent struggles, the Ducks know not to take the Sharks lightly.

Bruce Boudreau: “Every game against San Jose is important. They’ve gone through a little inconsistent stretch now, but at any given moment they can go 10-and-0. Especially in our division, you lose all three to the same team, you’re in trouble. Tonight is a big start to how the rest of the games against San Jose are going to go.”

Fowler: “It’s going to be tough. They’re a team we know wasn’t happy with their last game. They’re going to come in with a little chip on their shoulder. And any time it’s Sharks versus Ducks, there’s that little extra push, that little extra energy. We’re going to be ready and we know we’re playing a good team over there with a lot of skill. We need to make sure we’re ready.”

LINE COMBINATIONS
Forwards

Palmieri – Getzlaf – Selanne
Etem – Holland – Ryan
Cogliano – Koivu – Winnik
Beleskey – Steckel – Staubitz

Defense
Souray – Beauchemin
Allen – Fowler
Sbisa – Lydman

Goaltenders
Fasth
Hiller

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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