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Morning Report: Debut for Etem, Top Line for Penner

Thursday, 10.10.2013 / 2:56 PM / News
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Morning Report: Debut for Etem, Top Line for Penner
Excitement was in the air as the Ducks took part in their morning skate at Honda Center, prior to tonight\u2019s Home Opener against the New York Rangers. But, head coach Bruce Boudreau knows his club is facing a Rangers squad out for redemption after getting dominated in a 9-2 loss in San Jose two nights ago.
Emerson Etem will make his regular season debut tonight.
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

Excitement was in the air as the Ducks took part in their morning skate at Honda Center, prior to tonight’s Home Opener against the New York Rangers.

But, head coach Bruce Boudreau knows his club is facing a Rangers squad out for redemption after getting dominated in a 9-2 loss in San Jose two nights ago.

“It scares the crap out of me,” he said. “You just look at this past week. We lose 6-1 and we come back and have a 2-0 lead after the first period. The Rangers beat the Kings, and last night the Kings have a 3-0 lead after the first period. The teams in this league have a lot of pride. They’ll be pushing hard. I don’t know what to expect, but I know they’ll be as good as they’ll possibly be.”

Pictures from the morning skate

There is good news on the Ducks front, as forward Emerson Etem is set to make his regular season debut tonight. The speedy forward has yet to see game action since suffering a lower-body injury during a preseason game in San Jose on September 20.

“I feel like a kid in a candy store,” Etem said about his season debut and first home opener. Etem has spent the last couple weeks watching the games on television and said that has allowed him to see where he can find more time and space on the ice.

“Knowing me, he could be on one line on one minute and another line the next minute,” Boudreau said. “A lot will be determined with how the game goes. If we’re going well, I’ll keep things the same. But, if things aren’t going in our direction, we’ll move people around. That’s one thing about our team. We have a lot of interchangeable parts up front.”

One thing is for certain: Dustin Penner will start tonight’s game on the top line with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Penner, signed in the offseason as a free agent, skated with Perry and Getzlaf throughout training camp, but will make his regular season top-line debut tonight. Penner has appeared in Anaheim’s last two games after being a healthy scratch in the team’s first game in Colorado. Through two games, Penner has one point (assist) and a team-best +3 rating.

“We feel he’s ready to play there,” Boudreau said. “He was the guy we signed to be in that position, and we feel he’s ready now. He’s done a lot by himself. I don’t think he liked sitting out or doing a lot of extra skating. He’s worked really hard to get where he is. Hopefully, he’ll play really well tonight.”

INJURY UPDATE
Matt Beleskey
has an upper-body injury “that’ll probably keep him out a week or so,” said Boudreau.

Kyle Palmieri
, who also has an upper-body injury, skated this morning and said this isn't similar to the concussion he had last year.

NASH BACK TO NYC
Rangers forward Rick Nash will not be in tonight's lineup after being elbowed by Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart on Tuesday. Nash has since flown back to New York. Stuart received a three-game suspension for the hit.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 46 15 35 12 50
C. Perry 32 19 12 15 31
R. Kesler 47 13 17 -2 30
S. Vatanen 47 10 19 3 29
M. Beleskey 46 17 7 12 24
C. Fowler 46 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 39 4 18 1 22
H. Lindholm 46 5 14 13 19
J. Silfverberg 47 6 12 2 18
D. Smith-Pelly 41 4 11 5 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 26 6 5 .917 2.30

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