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Ducks Prepare for Road Battle Against LA

Wednesday, 08.21.2013 / 5:33 PM PT / News
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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 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
7 COL 57 28 25 4 153 158 60
8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
9 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 53 25 25 3 143 156 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 49 5 35 9 40
C. Perry 53 21 17 -4 38
R. Rakell 50 13 15 -3 28
R. Kesler 53 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 53 6 19 -1 25
C. Stewart 47 8 10 2 18
J. Silfverberg 53 6 12 -2 18
A. Cogliano 53 6 11 -9 17
H. Lindholm 52 6 8 -6 14
C. Fowler 40 3 9 -10 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 11 8 6 .920 2.30
J. Gibson 12 8 2 .917 2.13

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