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Ducks Prepare for Road Battle Against LA

Wednesday, 08.21.2013 / 8:33 PM / News
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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 35 22 8 5 101 96 49
2 CHI 34 23 9 2 106 67 48
3 STL 33 21 9 3 100 81 45
4 NSH 31 21 8 2 87 64 44
5 SJS 34 19 11 4 97 87 42
6 WPG 34 17 10 7 83 80 41
7 VAN 32 19 11 2 92 90 40
8 LAK 34 17 11 6 94 84 40
9 CGY 35 17 15 3 100 95 37
10 MIN 31 16 12 3 91 84 35
11 DAL 32 14 13 5 95 109 33
12 COL 33 12 13 8 85 101 32
13 ARI 32 11 17 4 74 104 26
14 EDM 34 7 20 7 74 116 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 34 12 25 7 37
R. Kesler 35 11 15 -2 26
S. Vatanen 35 9 15 -1 24
C. Perry 23 14 8 11 22
M. Beleskey 35 15 3 11 18
C. Fowler 34 3 14 1 17
J. Silfverberg 35 4 12 3 16
H. Lindholm 34 4 11 12 15
P. Maroon 27 2 12 -5 14
D. Smith-Pelly 31 4 8 3 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 18 5 4 .913 2.41

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