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Morning Report (April 13): Ducks Ready for Kings

Saturday, 04.13.2013 / 2:40 PM / News
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Morning Report (April 13): Ducks Ready for Kings
"Making the playoffs wasn't my goal and it still isn't. I always assume at the beginning of the year, that it's a given. If we do our job, we'll make the playoffs. But we want to be as high as we can in the standings." -- Bruce Boudreau

By Kyle Shohara
@kyleshohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks held their morning skate at Honda Center in preparation for tonight’s matchup against the Kings at STAPLES Center at 8 p.m.

After clinching a playoff berth last night by virtue of Detroit losing to the Blackhawks in a shootout, the Ducks now have their sights set on a Pacific Division title with seven games remaining.

Nick Bonino (lower body) took part in the full skate and head coach Bruce Boudreau said yesterday he’d like to get him some game action before the regular season ends.

Boudreau said it's safe to assume Cam Fowler (upper body) won't be in the lineup after he missed the skate this morning.

Viktor Fasth was the first goaltender off the ice, and is expected to start tonight’s game.

“We want to see where the dust settles,” said Boudreau. “I’ve told you this many times, making the playoffs wasn’t my goal and it still isn’t. I always assume at the beginning of the year, that it’s a given. If we do our job, we’ll make the playoffs.

“But we want to be as high as we can in the standings. Granted, it doesn’t look like Chicago at this stage [will give up the no. 1 spot]. Something miraculous would have to happen for that to take place, but we’d love to win the division. And [Los Angeles] would still love to win the division. In seven games, we want to start playing the way we’re capable of playing going forward to the playoffs.”

On the idea of resting some of his players: “It’s a really touchy situation, as we know we have some older guys and we’d like to make sure they’re as healthy as they can be. And we want to be healthy going into the playoffs. We don’t want to take injured guys, and guys who are sore, and play them just for the sake of winning a game, because we also know you can win the Stanley Cup if you end up in eighth place. It’s a combination of both things, and it’s almost on a day-to-day basis of how we’re going to do it.”

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
12 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 63 20 41 13 61
C. Perry 51 27 18 15 45
R. Kesler 66 17 24 1 41
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
J. Silfverberg 65 10 20 11 30
H. Lindholm 63 6 23 20 29
P. Maroon 58 7 21 -4 28
C. Fowler 65 6 22 3 28
R. Rakell 55 6 19 5 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 30 8 5 .917 2.34
J. Gibson 9 5 0 .924 2.41

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