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

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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 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 7 6 8 8 14
R. Getzlaf 7 2 10 7 12
R. Kesler 7 3 4 3 7
J. Silfverberg 7 2 5 6 7
S. Vatanen 7 2 5 6 7
H. Lindholm 7 1 5 2 6
P. Maroon 7 3 2 6 5
S. Despres 7 0 5 4 5
A. Cogliano 7 1 3 4 4
M. Beleskey 7 3 0 -2 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 6 1 1 .927 1.96

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