Ducks Ready for Kings in Preseason Game No. 2

Tuesday, 09.17.2013 / 11:36 AM PT / News
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Ducks Ready for Kings in Preseason Game No. 2
Fresh off a 6-2 preseason-opening victory last night against the Coyotes, the Ducks are right back at it with a contest against the visiting Los Angeles Kings tonight at Honda Center.
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By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

Fresh off a 6-2 preseason-opening victory last night against the Coyotes, the Ducks are right back at it with a contest against the visiting Los Angeles Kings tonight at Honda Center.

After getting booed on home ice following a 5-1 loss to the Coyotes on Sunday (and also losing a split-squad game in Glendale, Arizona on the same day), head coach Bruce Boudreau expects a much different Kings team tonight.

“Let’s face it, L.A. lost 5-1 the other night,” he said. “They’re going to send all their boys here tonight. Knowing [Kings head coach] Darryl [Sutter], they’re going to get back on track and want to show everybody they’re the Los Angeles Kings.”

Boudreau said he thought his team performed “okay” on some of the implemented systems last night, but knows there’s room for improvement. “We can do a better job on some of the stuff again today,” he said. “[With] the guys watching video, maybe we can curtail some of the mistakes we made last night against a much better team.”

With the Ducks in the midst of playing three games in three nights and still carrying 53 players on their roster, expect plenty of preseason debuts tonight, including forward Devante Smith-Pelly.

“I just want to play my game,” he said. “Just go out there and do what I have to do to make a good impression, and hopefully we have a good team effort tonight.

“Although it's preseason, we don’t really like each other,” he said, in reference to the animosity between the Ducks and Kings. “I expect a pretty fast paced, physical game.”

Another player hoping to make an impression is rugged forward Patrick Maroon. After making his NHL debut last season and earning the 2012-13 Norfolk Admirals Player of the Year award, Maroon is battling with a handful of forwards for a roster spot.

“Every game for me counts,” he said. “I need to make my impression, and you can’t go unnoticed out here.” Maroon also said he even treats scrimmages like real games because every opportunity counts. “Get pucks out, get pucks in,” he said, on his game plan for tonight. “Use my size down low in the offensive zone, use my hands, and create offense for my linemates.”

Yesterday, Teemu Selanne said he uses the preseason as a chance to get back into game shape, and today, Corey Perry offered similar thoughts. “You just try to get back into tip-top form,” he said. “You can go all summer not hitting, not doing the little things that happen in a game, like positional play and trying the systems. That’s what preseason is all about.”

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 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

STATS

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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