Ducks Prepare for Road Battle Against LA

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Ducks Prepare for Road Battle Against LA
The preseason continues tonight as the Ducks travel up the freeway to take on the Kings at Staples Center. \r\n\r\nIt\u2019s the sixth of seven preseason games for Anaheim, currently 3-2-0 thus far. For the Ducks, tonight serves as another opportunity to fine tune their game before the regular season begins next Wednesday in Colorado.
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By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The preseason continues tonight as the Ducks travel up the freeway to take on the Kings at Staples Center.

It’s the sixth of seven preseason games for Anaheim, currently 3-2-0 thus far. For the Ducks, tonight serves as another opportunity to fine tune their game before the regular season begins next Wednesday in Colorado.

“I just want to keep the progress going up here,” said head coach Bruce Boudreau. “I know we didn’t win the last game, but we did a lot of good things. We just want to keep upgrading every day with what we have, and the way we do things systems-wise. You saw us working on those things this morning.

"We want to continue getting better at that. We’ve got another week to work on it, so by the time October 2nd comes around, we’re ready to roll.”

The Kings have become one of the more dominant home teams in the league, especially against the Ducks. For Anaheim to come out of Staples Center with a victory tonight, a good start is critical.

“The first 5-10 minutes,” said Cam Fowler, emphasizing the importance of starting well. “If you can get out of that first period with a tie or better, you have a good chance of doing what you want to do. They’re a strong team in their own building. They always seem to come out guns a’ blazing. We know what we’re up against, and I know everyone will be prepared for it.”

Adds Fowler, “Any time you go up against the Kings, you know you’re going to be in for a fight. I know everyone’s ready.”

Nick Bonino says tonight’s game gives the Ducks an opportunity to send a lasting message. “You want to set the tone for the year,” he said. “Tonight will be the last time we see them for a bit. We’d love to go in there and get a win.”

Indeed, the Ducks and Kings don’t face each other in the regular season until December 3, the first of five matchups between the rivals – including the outdoor game at Dodger Stadium on January 25.

On the keys to tonight’s game, Bonino emphasized textbook road hockey. “Just play smart, get the puck in, and try to grind them down,” he said. “We’re going to go in and look to compete, look to get our systems going, and get a win.”

The Ducks will conclude the preseason against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday at Honda Center.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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 74 43 27 4 212 199 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 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
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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