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Morning Report (April 3): Ducks Ready for Dallas

Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 2:58 PM / News
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Morning Report (April 3): Ducks Ready for Dallas
"I think that shows you we're super confident with the group we have. We've got what we need here." -- Sheldon Souray, on a quiet deadline day.
By Kyle Shohara
@kyleshohara

AnaheimDucks.com

Update: The Ducks have acquired center Matthew Lombardi from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for left wing Brandon McMillan.

Fresh off a four-game road trip, the Ducks were on the ice at Honda Center this morning in preparation for tonight’s rematch with the Dallas Stars. It’s the second of a three-game miniseries with the Stars, which opened in Dallas with a resounding 4-0 victory.

Viktor Fasth was the first goaltender off the ice and is anticipated to start tonight’s game. Fasth is coming off a 26-save shutout over the Stars in Dallas two nights ago.

Rookie Emerson Etem, who played his most physical game of the season in Columbus on March 31, was slotted on the second line with Andrew Cogliano and Teemu Selanne.

David Steckel did not participate in the morning skate due to illness, said head coach Bruce Boudreau.

‘WE’VE GOT WHAT WE NEED HERE’
It’s been a quiet Trade Deadline Day for the Ducks, and defenseman Sheldon Souray said he’s not surprised.

“This is a little unique for me, in the sense that this is probably the first year where guys haven’t really even talked about the deadline, haven’t talked about trades,” Souray said. “I know last year we had a deadline party at my house. We were all just sitting there looking at my TV.”

On a quiet trade deadline day for the Ducks: “I think that just shows you we’re super confident with the group we have. I’m not the GM, but I’d imagine that if there isn’t a significant upgrade up there from what we’ve got, it’s probably just not worth it. We’ve got a good team in here. We believe that we have a team that can be successful in the long run. I’m not surprised at all and not disappointed in it either. We’ve got what we need here.

“When you talk about Cup runs, you’ve got to talk about depth. And we have depth. We have two goalies who are No. 1 goalies. We have seven [defensemen] who can play at any time and we’ve proven that, and are fresh and ready. We have five lines now that can go out and play and not hurt you. We’ve had call-ups throughout the year come in and fill in perfectly. I think we’re in no way feeling like we’re missing something.

“We’ve made a couple good moves. We got [Radek] Dvorak, [David] Steckel, and [Ben] Lovejoy. Those are moves that are going to help us in the long run.”

BOUDREAU’S THOUGHTS
On the current Ducks roster: “We’re a close-knit group. I like our team. I like the way our guys act around the dressing room. I like the way they’ve rebounded after a bad week. There’s nothing to say we can’t continue being competitive with anybody.”

“I think the biggest move we made all year was the growth of our team, from nobody expecting us to be any good at all to all of a sudden a team that’s starting to believe in themselves. We’ve got good depth and everybody is happy with each other. All of those things are real positive notes. Whatever happens, happens. But we’re happy the way we’re at."

On the emergence of rookie Emerson Etem: “Youthful energy is tremendous especially in the dog days, and the dog days are usually about a week or two before the trading deadline whether it’s a full season or half season as we’re going through now. Emerson, especially the game in Columbus, when he started hitting everybody in the second period, turned the whole game around. Then he scored a goal from that, and I think [Columbus] only had five shots in the last two periods. That’s what you need."

BONINO UPDATE
Boudreau: “He’s feeling much better, but we don’t want to rush anything or put any pressure on him. He doesn’t have the numbers people look at as a real important cog to the team, but he’s a real important cog to the team. He plays power play, kills penalties, can be out there in the last minute, he’s got a great set of hands. We’re looking forward to him in probably the next two weeks.

“He’s still not skating. We’re hoping he starts skating next week.”

LINE COMBINATIONS
Forwards

Perry – Getzlaf – Ryan
Etem – Cogliano – Selanne
Dvorak – Koivu – Winnik
Beleskey – Holland – Palmieri

Defense
Souray – Beauchemin
Sbisa – Lovejoy
Allen – Fowler

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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