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

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 74 21 40 13 177 254 55
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 73 24 44 14 68
C. Perry 61 32 20 16 52
R. Kesler 76 19 27 -5 46
S. Vatanen 61 12 25 7 37
J. Silfverberg 75 12 23 11 35
P. Maroon 67 9 24 -4 33
C. Fowler 74 7 26 3 33
H. Lindholm 73 7 26 22 33
J. Wisniewski 64 8 24 -14 32
M. Beleskey 62 22 9 14 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 32 11 5 .913 2.41
J. Gibson 12 7 0 .914 2.65

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