Practice Report (April 16): Updates on Bonino, Fowler, Sbisa

Tuesday, 04.16.2013 / 12:59 PM PT / News
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Practice Report (April 16): Updates on Bonino, Fowler, Sbisa
"When you're a defenseman and you hit a lot, you just get sore. So we thought one or two more days might be better for him, so he's questionable [for tomorrow's game]."
-- Bruce Boudreau, on Luca Sbisa
By Kyle Shohara
@kyleshohara
AnaheimDucks.com

After having a day off yesterday, the Ducks were back at it this morning in preparation for tomorrow’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Cam Fowler (upper body) skated on his own prior to practice and head coach Bruce Boudreau said the earliest he can play is Friday in Calgary. “It’s not going to take Cam a long time to get back into game readiness once he’s cleared for contact,” said Boudreau.

Nick Bonino (lower body) skated with the team and continues to show progress. “He practiced full today,” said Boudreau. “Now it’s just getting him ready and getting him in shape. He’s not cleared to play yet, but he’s cleared to practice with full contact.

“The goal is for him to play at least two or three games before the playoffs begin.”

Bonino said it’ll be important for him to get a couple regular season games in before the postseason begins. “Even just skating [today], my first full practice, I was sucking wind a little bit,” he said after practice. “I didn’t really anticipate it’ll take too long to get back up there, but it’s definitely good to get some games before getting thrown into the fire.”

Also on the ice this morning were defensemen Sami Vatanen and Jordan Hendry, who were recalled from Norfolk (AHL).

Not on the ice, however, was Luca Sbisa, who Boudreau describes as “day-to-day.” Adds Boudreau, “When you’re a defenseman and you hit a lot, you just get sore. So we thought one or two more days might be better for him, so he’s questionable [for tomorrow’s game].”

MORE ON VATANEN, HENDRY
Boudreau: “They’re both under emergency [recall]. We just didn’t know with Cam’s situation and Luca’s situation what our deal was. Better be safe than sorry because they’re on the east coast. They were staying in Boston [with Norfolk]. You never know how the flights are there in the next day or two.”

ON THE COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Boudreau, on what impresses him about Columbus: “They’re never-quit, their willingness to do what it takes to win, their belief they can make the playoffs. All of those things. I’ve been in their shoes. It can be a lot of fun for them. Last night, they’re down 3-2, Colorado scores with [two minutes to go], and you think 'The game’s lost, maybe they’ll be deflated when they get in here.’ But they score with [a minute and a half left], then they score in overtime. They truly believe. That’s what’s going to make them a difficult team.”

Palmieri

Kyle Palmieri, on what it’s going to take to beat Columbus: “We’ve got to have a good first [period]. We’ve been trying these last couple of games to get out there and get on top of teams. It’s been inconsistent as far as our success in the first periods. That’s going to be huge for us tomorrow. They’re a team coming in here and coming into our building, and we’ve got to make it tough to play here at the Honda Center. We need to be right on top of them in the first five minutes, and maybe get a goal or two in that first period."

On what makes Columbus a dangerous team this season: “Their attitude. They’ve had that never-say-die attitude. [The last couple of years] have been real disappointing for them. But this year, with the shortened season, they came in confident and knew they could make a splash. In recent weeks, they’ve probably been one of the hottest teams in the NHL."

On the Ducks having motivation of their own: “We want to lock up home ice for the playoffs as soon as we can, and it’s all going to start tomorrow night against Columbus. We’ve got to keep trying to get back onto a roll that we were on in the beginning of the year, and have that kind of momentum going into the postseason”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
J. Wisniewski 66 8 26 -14 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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