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

Wednesday, 04.10.2013 / 12:11 PM PT / 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 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07
A. Khudobin 3 3 0 .909 2.70

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