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Morning Report (March 20): Ducks Ready for Blackhawks

Wednesday, 03.20.2013 / 2:49 PM / News
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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 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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