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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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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 

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