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Practice Report: Hungry Ducks Ready for New Season

Tuesday, 10.1.2013 / 2:54 PM PT / News
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Practice Report: Hungry Ducks Ready for New Season
"It was good to get on the ice and meet all the guys. I'm very excited" -- Mathieu Perreault
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

A new face joined the Ducks as they took part in a brisk practice at THE RINKS – Anaheim ICE on Tuesday afternoon, the last skate before taking off for Denver for Wednesday’s season opener. After being acquired on Sunday from the Washington Capitals, center Mathieu Perreault practiced on a line with Teemu Selanne and Jakob Silfverberg. Today was his first practice with the Ducks after traveling all day yesterday.

“I’m very happy,” he said. “We had a day off on Sunday in Washington, and I didn’t get to skate yesterday because I was traveling. It was good to get on the ice and meet all the guys. I’m very excited.”

The 25-year-old Drummondville, Quebec native will wear number 22 with the Ducks.

“It’s nice,” he said, on skating with Selanne and Silfverberg. “[They’re] two fast and smart players. It wasn’t something I was used to in Washington. I’ve never really been on the top line or top-two lines, so it’s something I’m very excited about. I can’t wait for the season to start.”

Although Perreault said he only knows Francois Beauchemin because of their close proximity back in Quebec, he’s excited to get to know the rest of the guys during their three-game road trip.

“You get to know the guys a bit more on the road,” he said. “You can go eat some meals, and we have a team meal tonight. I’ll get to talk to more of the guys, so it’ll be a good thing for me.”

Perreault’s linemate, Selanne, was impressed with his skillset during practice. “He’s a very good skater,” Selanne said. “He can see the game. It’s only been one practice, but you can see he has all the skills. He’s a very good skater, and hopefully it’ll be fun.”

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WHEELS UP
The Ducks begin the season with a three-game road trip beginning tomorrow in Colorado. After they face the Avalanche, they’ll travel to Minnesota and Winnipeg for games on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. In fact, 11 of the first 16 games will be played away from Honda Center.

“I really believe there’s less distraction when you start on the road,” Selanne said. “But, the focus right now is having a good start. It’s going to make a lot of things easier.”

“You get away from the hassle,” said fellow veteran Saku Koivu. “You can really focus on the first couple games. We spend two days in between the first and second games. We can get some time as a team, some bonding time. If you can get some wins, it’s a really good thing to start on the road.”

GOOD START IS KEY
Starting strong will be on the minds of Ducks players as they take on a young Avalanche squad tomorrow night. Koivu hopes the team will come out of the gate with vigor and show the consistency they’ve been striving for.

“It’s a team with a new coach, and it’s a young team that’s going to be excited about the home opener,” he said of the Avs. “The start is going to be the key. We’ve shown last year and in the preseason that we play a simple team game. We get pucks deep and we rely on our forecheck and the defensive part of our game. We should have enough scoring to win games. It’s a team concept, and we have to get a little more consistent than in the preseason.”

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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