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

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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 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 76 47 21 8 218 183 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 74 24 44 14 68
C. Perry 62 32 20 16 52
R. Kesler 77 19 27 -4 46
S. Vatanen 62 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 76 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 68 9 25 -3 34
C. Fowler 75 7 27 5 34
J. Wisniewski 65 8 25 -14 33
H. Lindholm 73 7 26 22 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 12 7 0 .914 2.65

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