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 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
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 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
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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