Morning Report: Final Impression

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Morning Report: Final Impression
With final roster cuts looming, tonight\u2019s preseason finale against the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center serves as a last chance to make an impression for several Ducks.
"Everything is in my hands right now. I'm going to control the way I play and how I react [tonight]" -- Patrick Maroon
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

With final roster cuts looming, tonight’s preseason finale against the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center serves as a last chance to make an impression for several Ducks.

“I just need to go in there and play as hard as I can, and get noticed out here,” said Patrick Maroon after the morning skate. “It’s the last preseason game and it’s time for them to make cuts here. I just have to play the best I can and hopefully get noticed.”

Maroon is getting an extended look in the preseason, as tonight marks his fifth game of Anaheim’s seven preseason contests. Through four games, Maroon has three assists and has been a physical presence throughout training camp and preseason. “I just need to do the things I do,” he said. “Get pucks out, get pucks in, and keep playing the way I’m playing.”

A few weeks ago, Maroon said he treats every practice as a real game, and with this being the final game of the preseason, the intensity will reach new heights. But that doesn’t mean the big forward isn’t nervous heading into tonight’s game.

“There are a lot of nerves,” he said. “You don’t know what’s going to happen. But, I control that. Everything is in my hands right now. I’m going to control the way I play and how I react [tonight]. I just have to be prepared and be ready.”

Young forward Devante Smith-Pelly is also fighting for a roster spot, and the former second-round draft pick said he’s sticking to his game plan.

“Last chance to show what you got,” he said. “It’s a big game for a lot of the younger guys. I try not to really put too much pressure on myself. Just go play how I’ve been playing. Just continue to try and help the team out.”

Like Maroon, Smith-Pelly’s gotten an extended look, as tonight serves as his sixth game of the preseason. He enters tonight with two points (1g/1a) through six games.

Smith-Pelly said he has no nerves entering tonight’s preseason finale. “Not at all,” he said. “I think I’ve been doing pretty well. Just going to try and continue playing like I have been.”

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
J. Wisniewski 66 8 26 -14 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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