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Morning Report (May 10): Ducks can Advance to the Second Round with a Win Tonight

Friday, 05.10.2013 / 11:42 AM PT / News
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Morning Report (May 10): Ducks can Advance to the Second Round with a Win Tonight
"Their backs are against the wall and it's either win or go home for them. We know we're going to get their best."
-- Ryan Getzlaf

By Kyle Shohara
@kyleshohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks took part in their morning skate at Joe Louis Arena in preparation for tonight’s Game 6 matchup against the Detroit Red Wings.

Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau said there won’t be any changes in tonight’s lineup, so expect goaltender Jonas Hiller to get the start in net. Hiller has started every game of the series thus far.

With Anaheim leading the series 3-2, the Ducks have a chance at eliminating the Red Wings and advancing to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the winner of the Kings-Blues series.

Anaheim has won a Game 6 elimination game on every occasion in franchise history (three times: CQF vs. SJ in 2009, WCF vs. DET in 2007 and CSF vs. DAL in 2003). The club's all-time record in Game 6 situations is 7-2.

Boudreau said the Ducks will have to play their best hockey of the series if they want to beat Detroit tonight.

“If we’ve played the absolute best that we can play up to this date, it’s not going to be good enough,” he said. “So we’re going to have to play better.

“They’re going to be as desperate and come out as hard like there’s no tomorrow. They’re going to give it everything they’ve got.”

Ryan Getzlaf, who turns 28 today, says the Red Wings will bring their best effort in this do-or-die game.

“I expect a strong effort out of both sides,” Getzlaf said. “Their backs are against the wall and it’s either win or go home for them. We know we’re going to get their best.”

Adds Getzlaf, “I expected a long series. Playing these guys, it always is. You’re going to have to work for every inch you’ve got on the ice and for every win.”

NOTE: Toni Lydman, who was injured in Game 3 at Joe Louis Arena, did not travel with the team to Detroit. Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader, who was suspended two games for the hit that injured Lydman, returns for tonight’s game.  "We wish we had Toni,” Boudreau said. “He’s not on the trip. And he hasn’t skated since he got hit. Whether it’d be today or Sunday, I’ve got to believe it’d be hard for him to get back in the lineup."

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60

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