Practice Report (April 6): Hiller Skates, Getzlaf Day-to-Day

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Practice Report (April 6): Hiller Skates, Getzlaf Day-to-Day
Bobby Ryan, on the Kings: "They're a pretty big team that battles well and they don't give you much room to operate. There are no glaring weaknesses."
By Kyle Shohara
@kyleshohara
AnaheimDucks.com

Only a handful of players skated this afternoon in an optional practice at Honda Center.

Among them was Jonas Hiller, who was unable to backup Viktor Fasth last night due to illness prompting the Ducks to recall Igor Bobkov from Norfolk on an emergency basis.

The other players on the ice were Bobkov, Radek Dvorak, Peter Holland, Toni Lydman, Brad Staubitz and David Steckel.

“Ryan didn’t have any setback. He’s day-to-day,” said head coach Bruce Boudreau on the status of Ryan Getzlaf, who missed last night’s game with a lower body injury sustained in the third period of the April 3rd game against Dallas.

STRONG START, FORECHECK
When the Ducks come out of the gate strong and establish a forecheck early on, they usually find success. And despite tying the game just seconds after Dallas opened the scoring, the Ducks found themselves in a 3-1 deficit after 20 minutes, a score that would hold for the remainder of the game.

“When we were playing our best hockey, we were getting leads early and making it a tough building to come into, and establishing a start and establishing a forecheck by taking away time and space,” said Bobby Ryan. “We allowed them, pretty comfortably, to get out of their zone last night early. It’s amazing what that does to a team’s confidence.

“I think if we gotten that first one, it could’ve been a completely different game because they were almost a team that’s been a little bit beaten down and broken. And we had beaten them twice in the week. We let two points get away from us.”

PREVIEWING THE KINGS
The Kings always play the Ducks tough, and it figures to be no different tomorrow night at 6 p.m., when the two teams go head-to-head at Honda Center.

Boudreau: “I think, and I’ve always thought this, that they’re the best team in the league for us to play against. There’s nothing to sway me from thinking that. They’re a challenge and they’re starting to rev it up. It’ll be a real test.

“It’s pretty hard to treat it like another game. It’s the Kings versus the Ducks. And more importantly right now, they’re nipping at our heels for the division championship. They might look they’re 10 points back now, but in a hurry that can drop.”

Bobby Ryan: “They do a lot of things well. They have great goaltending no matter who they put in net. On top of that, they play a full-ice game very well. They’re good in all three zones. They’re a pretty big team that battles well and they don’t give you much room to operate. There are no glaring weaknesses. They’re pretty good from the goalies on out.”

Ryan, on the Ducks and Kings having success: “I think it’s a great thing for Southern California hockey. Over the past 10 years, you’ve seen it grow as a youth sport here. But now that both teams are good and in playoff races and division races, I think it’s only going to add to it. You’re going to get more young kids who are going to want to play. I think it does great things for the game here in Southern California.”

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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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