Ducks Prepare for Preseason Opener

Monday, 09.16.2013 / 12:40 PM PT / News
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Ducks Prepare for Preseason Opener
After a long summer and a week of training camp, the Ducks finally open the preseason tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes at Honda Center.
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By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

After a long summer and a week of training camp, the Ducks finally open the preseason tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes at Honda Center.

Players went through their usual game-day drills in preparation for a Coyotes squad that won both split-squad preseason games against the Los Angeles Kings last night.

“I’m excited,” said Stefan Noesen, who is expected to make his Ducks debut tonight. “I just want to give it my all and put in a good effort.” Noesen appeared in both SoCal Hockey Futures Games against the Kings last week, and participated in rookie camp and the main Ducks training camp.

Needless to say, Noesen is ready for some real game action. “It’s for sure going to be faster,” he said. “That rookie game was pretty quick, but I’m looking to just give it my all, my best effort, and [be] a physical presence out there.”

Teemu Selanne, no stranger to preseason games, said he’s looking forward to tonight. “It’s fun to get back into the action,” the 43-year-old said. “This is the time to push and get back into game shape. That’s why these games are very important. So far, so good. We have a good group here, and a lot of players. It’s fun.”

His linemate Jakob Silfverberg is also expected to be in tonight’s lineup, giving Ducks fans their first opportunity to see him and Selanne on a line together outside of training camp. “Everything takes time,” Selanne said, on building chemistry. “As much as we play together and practice together, we’re going to find each other better and better.”

Selanne said preseason games are critical for preparing himself for the rigors of the regular season. “It doesn’t matter how much you practice or do off-ice training. Playing games, that’s how you get into game mode,” he said. “It’s important to push yourself back to the normal level. And you want to stay healthy, too. The hip flexors, the groins, and the glutes get tight when you skate a lot and you work hard, so you have to be smart. It’s an interesting time.”

Adds Selanne, “It’s fun to see all the guys back. We have some unfinished business here. It’s good to get back to work.”

NOTE: Ducks players not in tonight's lineup will be working in various locations throughout Honda Center, including concession stands.

BRUCE’S THOUGHTS
On the preseason
“I think the guys are tired of playing against themselves. To get into a real game is probably what everyone is looking forward to.”

On if he’ll split time between tonight’s goaltenders (Jonas Hiller and Frederik Andersen)
“I don’t know if it’s going to be two periods, one period, or 30-30. Most likely, it’ll be two periods and one period.”

On what he wants to see in tonight’s game
“We want to see the speed we play at. We want to see our compete level. It’s important we grow from Day 1. We want to be good and we want to be able to grow from that.”

On how he approaches preseason games from a coach’s standpoint
“It’s also training camp for us. We haven’t coached in a while. There are things we want to do. If there’s anything usually different, at least in the first two periods, it's rolling the lines a little bit more. You don’t want anyone to have to play 23 minutes, 24 minutes. Looking at their lineup last night, there’s an awful lot of guys we don’t know, and vice versa.”

SCHEDULE

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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 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
3 NSH 74 45 21 8 211 178 98
4 CHI 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
6 VAN 73 43 26 4 211 195 90
7 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
8 WPG 74 38 24 12 207 195 88
9 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
11 SJS 73 35 30 8 201 206 78
12 COL 73 33 28 12 196 205 78
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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