Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
 

Morning Report (March 20): Ducks Ready for Blackhawks

Wednesday, 03.20.2013 / 2:49 PM / News
X
Share with your Friends


Morning Report (March 20): Ducks Ready for Blackhawks
"It's going to take a full 60 or 65 minute team effort tonight to win this game. They're not going away." -- Sheldon Souray
By Kyle Shohara
@kyleshohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks took part in their morning skate just like any other game day, but there seemed to be a little extra jump in their step as they prepared for tonight’s matchup against the NHL-best Chicago Blackhawks.

In fact, the Ducks (21-3-4, 46 points) and Blackhawks (24-2-3, 51 points) matchup features the two teams with the best records ever to meet after playing at least 25 games.

Jonas Hiller was the first goaltender off the ice during this morning's skate, described as “optional” by head coach Bruce Boudreau. Defenseman Bryan Allen wasn’t on the ice, though Boudreau said he is available for tonight’s game.

MEASURING POINT
Teemu Selanne: “It’s going to be good just to see where we are right now. They’re playing great and we’re playing great. That’s a good matchup. It’s going to be exciting. With the way they’ve been playing and the run they’re having, they can’t lose. It was awesome to watch. But you want to beat the best.”

Sheldon Souray: “Chicago is the best team in the league. In order to be the best team we’re going to have to beat the best teams. Tonight is probably our biggest challenge of the season so far. We’ll be ready for it.”

‘WE HAVE THE CONFIDENCE’
Hiller: “We definitely have the confidence this year we can win against anybody. Even though some games we weren’t playing our best, we still found a way. That’s the biggest difference between this year and last year. We have the confidence. That’s really important. Everybody is working hard every time they come to the rink. That’s definitely what helps the team and what makes it strong right now.”

Selanne: “We have a lot of confidence. With the way we’ve played, it’s a good feeling. I don’t think we have to think about it too much as more than just a game. But we want to do things right. There’s still room to improve right now.”

CONTROLLED EMOTION
Bruce Boudreau, on advising the team not to get too amped up: “We talk about controlled emotion all the time. It’s one of the reasons why our penalty minutes are down this year. We don’t get the unsportsmanlike calls that we used to get. I think that’s something we’ve addressed.”

ON THE BLACKHAWKS
Boudreau
: “It should be a good game. For a midseason game, you get the teams with the best two records. It should be exciting. I know the city of Anaheim is excited about Chicago coming to town. And I know there are a lot of transplanted Chicago people that come to our games all the time. I think there will be a little buzz in the air.

“They’re a tough team to stop because they attack as four, sometime five at a time. They’re relentless in their attack. That’s why they score so many goals. It’s not the usual, ‘You have one third guy high and he’s the backchecker.’ So there are no odd-man rushes with these guys. You have to have five guys ready to go offense and defense at the same time. It makes it very difficult on the team. If you don’t get that, they’re going to have breaks where they have free shots and free looks. And with the talent they have, some of those free shots and free looks you can’t stop them all.”

Souray, on what the team learned from their shootout win in Chicago last month: “We learned they’re beatable. They’re not invincible. We also learned that we probably got a little bit lucky we beat them. They’re a great hockey team. They’re the best team we’ve faced so far this year. It’s going to take a full 60 or 65 minute team effort tonight to win this game. They’re not going away. It’s not going to be an easy game by any stretch. We know we have to play well. We’ll be ready for them.”

Selanne, on Patrick Kane: “It’s amazing to watch him. His skill level and the way he plays, how smart he is. He’s not a big guy, but he’s still so strong on his feet. His imagination to read the game and give those unbelievable passes, you don’t see that very often. The way he can see the game and his linemates, it’s amazing. It’s fun to watch guys who seem to have fun. That’s what this game is all about, and he’s one of those guys. He seems to enjoy this game. All the good things follow that.”

Boudreau, on Kane: “Something has happened where he’s totally changed. Not the way he plays, he’s always been a great player. But the consistency of his game, game in and game out this year has been pretty fun to watch if you’re not a hockey player on another team. Every night he’s coming to play. He’s getting more like Jonathan Toews every day, who comes to play every night. When both of them are coming to play every night, it’s a difficult duo to stop especially when they’re on different lines.”

LINE COMBINATIONS
Forwards

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

Defense
Souray – Beauchemin
Lovejoy – Sbisa
Fowler – Lydman

Goaltenders
Hiller
Fasth

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 46 15 35 12 50
C. Perry 32 19 12 15 31
R. Kesler 47 13 17 -2 30
S. Vatanen 47 10 19 3 29
M. Beleskey 46 17 7 12 24
C. Fowler 46 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 39 4 18 1 22
H. Lindholm 46 5 14 13 19
J. Silfverberg 47 6 12 2 18
D. Smith-Pelly 41 4 11 5 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 26 6 5 .917 2.30

AnaheimDucks.com is the official Web site of the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim Ducks and AnaheimDucks.com are trademarks of Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

Privacy Policy     Contact Us    Jobs     Honda Center    Corporate Partnerships   Terms of Use   NHL TicketExchange  Site Map AdChoices