Morning Report (April 17): Ducks Ready for Surging Blue Jackets

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Morning Report (April 17): Ducks Ready for Surging Blue Jackets
"It's going to be as tough a game as we've played. When their goalie [Sergei Bobrovsky] is playing well, as he is right now, it's going to be a tough game." -- Bruce Boudreau
By Kyle Shohara
@kyleshohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks took to the ice this morning in preparation for tonight’s matchup against the surging Columbus Blue Jackets at Honda Center. The Ducks will look to bounce back from two straight losses and get closer to a second Pacific Division title. Anaheim has a six-point lead in the division with six games to go. The Jackets, meanwhile, are fighting for a playoff spot and currently are ninth in the Western Conference.

Nick Bonino and Cam Fowler took part in the entire skate, but both are ruled out for tonight’s game. Rookie Sami Vatanen figures to be in tonight’s lineup, as he was paired with Bryan Allen this morning. The 21-year-old Vatanen has played three games with the Ducks this season and 62 with Norfolk, where he was second on the team with 45 points (including nine goals).

Luca Sbisa did not take the skate and will not be in tonight’s lineup.

“He tried [the morning skate] and said ‘Not tonight,’” said head coach Bruce Boudreau, though he said Sbisa would be on the upcoming four-game road trip.

Viktor Fasth was the first netminder off the ice, an indication he’ll be between the pipes against the Blue Jackets.

‘SENSE OF URGENCY’
Boudreau: “Other teams have that sense of urgency and they’ve needed to win. No matter how much coaches preach, as a player, you know when that sense of urgency hits. I think ours is hitting now, when we’re looking at the standings and everything else. Hopefully the next six games and beyond, we can start being the consistently good team we were the first 30 games of the year.”

SOLIDIFYING LINE COMBINATIONS
Boudreau: “I’d like the last three or four games for us to have our units together. We’ve had a lot of makeshift things going on. We have guys that can play a lot of positions. I would like to have everybody, in a perfect world, confident on who they’re playing with, and going into the games knowing who they’re going to play with. Obviously in case of injury you can’t do that, but it’s something I’m cognizant of and I think it’s important now to start finalizing lines.

“We have the depth, which is good. It’s just getting everybody playing together and not moving in and out of the lineup sort of thing.”

ON THE COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Boudreau
: “The situation for them is dire. They need to win. It’s a situation that I’m familiar with because my first year in Washington, we had to win the last seven games to make the playoffs on the last day. I know it can be done, and I know they believe it can be done. That makes today’s game so important, especially them coming off an emotional win. I’m sure they totally believe. It’s going to be as tough a game as we’ve played. When their goalie [Sergei Bobrovsky] is playing well, as he is right now, it’s going to be a tough game.”

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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