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Morning Report (April 10): Ducks can clinch Playoff Berth Tonight

Wednesday, 04.10.2013 / 3:11 PM / News
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Morning Report (April 10): Ducks can clinch Playoff Berth Tonight
"Any time you have the opportunity like that, you definitely want to take advantage of it. You don't want to let something like that slip away." -- Cam Fowler, on potentially clinching a playoff berth tonight
By Kyle Shohara
@kyleshohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks had a little extra jump in their step this morning as they prepared for tonight’s tilt against the visiting Colorado Avalanche at 7 p.m.

Anaheim can clinch a postseason berth with a win or an overtime/shootout loss tonight, which would be the sixth trip to the playoffs in the last eight years.

Both Nick Bonino and Ryan Getzlaf (each suffering from lower body injuries) were on the ice this morning. Bonino’s skate was brief, but Getzlaf went through the entire session. When asked about his status for tonight’s game, he smiled and said, “We’ll know come puck drop.”

Coach Bruce Boudreau added “It’s a game-time decision. He’s taking warm up. He feels good. What else can you say? He wants to play, he feels like he’s capable of playing. He said ‘I can skate, I can shoot.’ We’ll see how it goes.”

Bonino has been on the ice for two consecutive days now, and Boudreau says the forward “feels really good, but it’s just the timetable we’re taking him on.” Boudreau also says the goal is to get Bonino some game action before the postseason begins.

Goaltender Jonas Hiller was the first off the ice and is expected to get the start in goal.

Sheldon Souray, who was a healthy scratch in Anaheim’s previous game, was on the ice and is good to go, according to Boudreau.

FACING THE AVS
Boudreau: “They’re a very dangerous team especially with what [Giguere] said the other day. They’ll be ramped up to play. That’s the respect he has in the room. It’s going to be a tough game. It’s never easy playing Colorado.”

Cam Fowler: “They haven’t had the season they would’ve liked, but they still have a lot of skill over there. On any given night, anyone can beat anybody in this league. We need to make sure we’re ready for it. We know there’s a lot on the line for us, and so do they. We’re all NHLers and professionals here, so they’re going to give it 100%. We need to be ready.”

Fowler, on potentially clinching a playoff berth tonight: “Any time you have the opportunity like that, you definitely want to take advantage of it. You don’t want to let something like that slip away. We’ve been preaching consistency throughout the year, and part of being an elite team is bringing the same effort night in and night out no matter who you’re playing. We want to prove to ourselves we can do that.”

GROWTH OF ETEM
Despite being 20 years old, Emerson Etem has shown maturity on and off the ice, and Boudreau has taken notice.

“I thought he would have a solid year in the American [Hockey] League and see how he would be next year as a part-time guy almost, and by the third year he’d be really good,” said Boudreau. “But he’s accelerated the way he plays. He’s been a full-time guy here for the last ex amount of games.

Sheldon Souray said the other day, he pointed to Emerson and said, ‘There’s not too many like him anymore,’ meaning a young kid that comes up and is like a sponge. He takes it all in and does whatever you want him to do. No complaints. He’s not a prima donna. He’s the real deal of a young man.

“With [Etem], every place we’ve put him it’s in a position where he’s still capable of scoring goals. That’s why we have the four lines going all the time. He’s never harped one negative word about ‘I’m playing here or I’m playing there.’ It’s just like, ‘Put me in coach. I want to play.’”

LINE COMBINATIONS
Forwards

Perry – Lombardi – Ryan
Palmieri – Holland – Selanne
Cogliano – Koivu – Winnik
Beleskey – Steckel – Etem

Defense
Souray – Beauchemin
Fowler – Lovejoy
Allen – Sbisa

Goaltenders
Hiller
Fasth

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 59 19 39 9 58
C. Perry 47 24 17 12 41
R. Kesler 62 15 22 -4 37
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 54 7 21 -3 28
H. Lindholm 59 6 22 19 28
J. Silfverberg 61 9 17 7 26
C. Fowler 61 5 21 -5 26
K. Palmieri 37 12 11 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 6 5 0 .915 2.69

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