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Ducks Ready for Kings in Preseason Game No. 2

Tuesday, 09.17.2013 / 2:36 PM / 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.
PHOTOS FROM THE MORNING SKATE
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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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 46 15 35 12 50
C. Perry 32 19 12 15 31
R. Kesler 47 13 17 -2 30
S. Vatanen 47 10 19 3 29
M. Beleskey 46 17 7 12 24
C. Fowler 46 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 39 4 18 1 22
H. Lindholm 46 5 14 13 19
J. Silfverberg 47 6 12 2 18
D. Smith-Pelly 41 4 11 5 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 26 6 5 .917 2.30

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