Morning Report (April 13): Ducks Ready for Kings

Saturday, 04.13.2013 / 11:40 AM PT / 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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 236 226 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 248 201 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 232 208 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 229 189 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 242 222 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 231 201 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 230 210 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 241 216 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 220 205 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 261 260 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 219 227 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 228 232 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 198 283 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 170 272 56

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 4 3 4 3 7
J. Silfverberg 4 2 4 5 6
R. Kesler 4 3 2 2 5
S. Vatanen 4 2 3 4 5
R. Getzlaf 4 1 3 3 4
A. Cogliano 4 1 3 4 4
P. Maroon 4 1 2 2 3
H. Lindholm 4 0 3 1 3
C. Fowler 4 1 1 2 2
S. Despres 4 0 2 1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 4 0 0 .924 2.20

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