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Ducks Prospects Face Rematch With Kings Tonight in El Segundo

Monday, 09.09.2013 / 2:51 PM / News
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Ducks Prospects Face Rematch With Kings Tonight in El Segundo
"This is going to be a big game tonight to prove to ourselves and the staff that we can play at the next level."
-- Chris Wagner

By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

Ducks prospects will look to bounce back when they face a rematch with Kings prospects in the second So Cal Hockey Futures Game tonight at 6 p.m. at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo. A very limited amount of tickets for tonight's game can be purchased upon entry at Toyota Sports Center for $5, with proceeds from the game benefitting the Los Angeles Junior Kings Hockey Club. The game will also be streamed live on LAKings.com.

A crowd of more than 7,500 saw the Kings roll to a 6-1 victory in the opening So Cal Hockey Futures Game last Saturday night at Honda Center. Young wingers Tanner Pearson and Andy Andreoff scored two goals apiece for the Kings.

The Ducks enter tonight’s game with a chip on their shoulder and one last chance to impress before main camp begins with on-ice work on Thursday.

“We’ve been watching a lot of video and we’re analyzing our mistakes,” Emerson Etem said after the morning skate. “We’re making sure it’s not going to happen again tonight. We looked at the positives and worked on the negative aspects of last night. We should be coming out on fire.”

There were instances during Saturday’s game when the Ducks appeared to make things too fancy, and Etem said sticking to simplicity is the key to success for tonight’s game.

“A huge part of our team is small, fast, and also gritty,” he said. “We need to get on their defense, we need to be first on the forecheck and make sure we’re finishing every check.”

Chris Wagner, Anaheim’s fifth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, says he expects a hard, physical game between the two rival teams tonight. “We’ll have something to prove after a 6-1 loss,” he said. “These teams are rivals. We’ll definitely be physical and I think we can match their physicality. They were a little more physical than us last game.”

With main camp looming on the horizon and hopes of cracking the opening night roster, tonight’s game serves as a final opportunity for Ducks prospects to make an impression.

“I thought I had a pretty good game on Saturday, but I’m not exactly happy about it,” said Wagner. “This is going to be a big game tonight to prove to ourselves and the staff that we can play at the next level.”

Defenseman Hampus Lindholm says he feels good about his time at rookie camp, and is anxious to play more games. “I think I’ve been doing pretty good,” he said. “It’s going to be nice to get some games now and get into the heat here.”

And for Etem, it’s about keeping up with good habits on this last day of rookie camp. “Make sure the bad habits aren’t creeping into my game,” he said. “Especially offensively, make sure I’m coming hard off the changes and being first on the backcheck. Just little stuff like that, that makes good habits going into main camp.”

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
2 ANA 65 41 17 7 193 178 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
12 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 62 20 41 12 61
C. Perry 50 27 18 15 45
R. Kesler 65 17 23 0 40
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
J. Silfverberg 64 10 20 11 30
P. Maroon 57 7 21 -4 28
H. Lindholm 62 6 22 18 28
C. Fowler 64 5 22 2 27
R. Rakell 54 5 19 4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 30 8 5 .917 2.34
J. Gibson 8 5 0 .920 2.51

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