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Morning Report (May 8): Players Discuss Importance of Home Ice

Wednesday, 05.08.2013 / 2:58 PM / News
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Morning Report (May 8): Players Discuss Importance of Home Ice
"We've got to focus on our game. Getting in first on the forecheck, getting after their defense, creating those turnovers in the offensive zone, and just getting pucks to the net."
-- Emerson Etem

By Kyle Shohara
@kyleshohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks took part in their usual game day morning skate at Honda Center prior to tonight’s pivotal Game 5 against the Detroit Red Wings.

With two of the next three games at Honda Center (if the series reaches a Game 7), several Ducks discussed the importance of home ice in what is now a best-of-three series.

“You play the whole year to earn home ice advantage,” said Nick Bonino. “We pack the house every home playoff game. It’s a lot of fun playing in front of the fans. They’re always loud so it gives us some good momentum.”

“It’s good for us to get back in front of our home fans,” Kyle Palmieri said. “We’ve got to have a strong start because the last game at home, they came out and scored a couple goals early in the periods. We’ve got to get off to a good start and try to play a full 60-minute game. We’re definitely prepared to do that.”

With all of five postseason games under his belt (including a game against Nashville in 2011), Palmieri said he’s starting to get a feel for what it takes to withstand the rigors of the postseason. “I wouldn’t say I’m a seasoned vet,” he said with a laugh. “But I’m definitely starting to get a good feel for what it takes. It’s tough on you, especially with the travel and playing every other day.

“We got used to playing every other day when we had that stretch of games in the middle of the season that probably helped us a lot as far as what you need to do to recover and be at your best for the next game.”

Another rookie to postseason hockey is Long Beach native Emerson Etem, who’s attracting a lot of attention from the media these days. The 20-year-old is making an impact in this series with his speed and tenacity, and head coach Bruce Boudreau shared his thoughts on the young forward.

“He’s earned what he’s playing,” Boudreau said. “He starts off every night on the fourth line, but as the game goes, if he deserves more, he’s getting more. If somebody’s not playing as well, he jumps up.

“For a young man, he’s certainly grown by leaps and bounds from a year ago. If he keeps growing, he’ll be somebody the Ducks will be very happy to have for years to come.”

After the morning skate, members of the media gathered around Etem, who emphasized simplicity and putting forth a full 60-minute effort.

“We’ve been getting a lot of chances,” said Etem. “We just need to play in the moment and bear down. As long as we keep playing simple, play a full 60 minutes, we should be all right.

“We’ve got to focus on our game. Getting in first on the forecheck, getting after their defense, creating those turnovers in the offensive zone, and just getting pucks to the net. We need to shoot more and capitalize on those rebounds.”

NOTE: Boudreau gave an update on injured defenseman Toni Lydman, who wasn’t on the ice this morning. “He's still got headaches,” Boudreau said. “Talking to him this morning, he says he's feeling a lot better. [Headaches] are nowhere near as intense as they were. But as to where he is compared to when he's going to play, I couldn't give you an answer.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 47 15 35 13 50
C. Perry 33 19 12 16 31
R. Kesler 48 13 18 -1 31
S. Vatanen 48 10 20 5 30
M. Beleskey 47 18 7 13 25
C. Fowler 47 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 40 5 18 2 23
H. Lindholm 47 5 15 14 20
J. Silfverberg 48 6 12 2 18
K. Palmieri 24 10 5 1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 6 5 .919 2.24
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28

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