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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 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07
A. Khudobin 3 3 0 .909 2.70

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