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Morning Report: Final Impression

Saturday, 09.28.2013 / 11:29 AM PT / News
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"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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60

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