Morning Report (April 27): Ducks Ready for Coyotes

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Morning Report (April 27): Ducks Ready for Coyotes
"[The fans] have been awesome. They're very supportive and it seems like every game we get the people here who really enjoy the hockey and support us." -- Andrew Cogliano
By Kyle Shohara
@kyleshohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks held their final morning skate of the regular season, in preparation for tonight’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Honda Center.

After being sent back to Orange County during Anaheim’s four-game road trip due to illness, Bobby Ryan was back on the ice on a line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

Radek Dvorak, who is one game shy of 1,200 in his career, is expected to play tonight on a line with David Steckel and Devante Smith-Pelly.

Viktor Fasth was the first goaltender off the ice and figures to get the start tonight.

Forwards Emerson Etem and Kyle Palmieri were not on the ice this morning, though it remains to be seen whether they’ll be in tonight’s lineup.

FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT
Throughout this season, Ducks players have commented on how much of a boost the fans give them inside Honda Center. With tonight being Fan Appreciation Night, forward Andrew Cogliano wants to make sure the Ducks finish the regular season the right way heading into the postseason.

“It’s always good to get one more game before the playoffs and salute the fans for the season,” said Cogliano. “[The fans] have been awesome. They’re very supportive and it seems like every game we get the people here who really enjoy the hockey and support us.

“We just want to finish [the regular season] the right way and play our system to how we’ve been playing the last couple of games. You want to keep moving forward and you don’t want to take any steps back. It’s a big game for us in terms of getting ourselves in the right framework for the playoffs.”

SBISA UPDATE
Luca Sbisa
has missed the last five games due to a lower body injury and gave an update to the media after today’s skate.

“As of right now, we decided not to force it too much,” Sbisa said. “Just take it easy and make sure everything works for the first game [of the playoffs]. Just be ready for the first game.

“I would say we’re not reaching for anything. It’s been going on for a while now. I tried to skate a bit, but I think it was too much too soon. We had to take a couple steps back, but we did that because we wanted to make sure I’m not going to miss the first game. I think we’re looking at a pretty good chance.”

On what’s preventing him from playing: “It’s just the pain. It’s one of those things, like everything lower body, you’ve got to use every single time. You have to do certain movements. If I can’t do that at the fullest, I just can’t play at the fullest. I’m not really helping the team out.”

Bruce Boudreau, on Sbisa: “He’s practicing tomorrow. If all goes well, he’ll practice Monday with us, and if all goes well again, we’ll see where it goes. We want to make sure he’s healthy.”

‘WE WANT TO BE IN THE MOMENT’
Boudreau: “We want to continue what we’ve been doing. We don’t want to, all of a sudden, play what we think are three pretty good games and then just have a meaningless game, and play like it’s a meaningless game. When that happens, you usually get hurt.

“You’ve got to stay in the moment. Right now, we want to be in the moment. The morning skate was good and we’ll have two practices before [the playoffs]. We want to stay in that feeling. You don’t want to get out of it because sometimes it’s too hard to get it back.

“I just want us to play solidly. I don’t want the laziness. What happens sometimes in situations is now instead of doing stops and starts, you’re doing circles. That becomes a habit and bad habits are hard to break.”

LINE COMBINATIONS
Forwards

Ryan – Getzlaf – Perry
Maroon – Bonino – Selanne
Cogliano – Koivu – Winnik
Dvorak – Steckel – Smith-Pelly

Defensemen
Souray – Beauchemin
Fowler – Lovejoy
Allen – Lydman

Goaltenders
Fasth
Hiller

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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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