Morning Report: Always Room for Improvement

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Morning Report: Always Room for Improvement
While the Ducks will look for their sixth consecutive victory tonight against the visiting Phoenix Coyotes at Honda Center, the focus this morning was on getting better. After a less-than-stellar performance in Wednesday night\u2019s 3-2 victory, head coach Bruce Boudreau had his players watch a lot of video leading up to tonight\u2019s game.
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

While the Ducks will look for their sixth consecutive victory tonight against the visiting Phoenix Coyotes at Honda Center, the focus this morning was on getting better. After a less-than-stellar performance in Wednesday night’s 3-2 victory, head coach Bruce Boudreau had his players watch a lot of video leading up to tonight’s game.

“I don’t think there were many guys in the room who were happy with the way the last game went, even though we got the win, which was most important,” said defenseman Cam Fowler. “We know we can come out with a better effort tonight.”

Added winger Dustin Penner, “I don’t think there’s been a team I’ve been on that can play the same perfect game, like we did against Ottawa, for 82 games. Finding a way to win when the team isn’t playing well is a sign of a good team. We don’t want to let our game slip any more than it has. We want to right the ship tonight.”

Good starts have been one of the reasons the Ducks have reeled off five straight wins to improve to 5-1-0 on the season. In fact, Anaheim has opened the scoring in four of those five victories. The Ducks will look to jump out to another good start tonight against the Coyotes.

“They’re a patient team,” said Fowler. “I think the main thing is we can’t beat ourselves. We’ve just got to keep things simple. When we do that, we’re a tough team to handle. We need to make sure we do that right from the start.”

“They’re a hard-working team,” said Penner. “They’re very system-oriented, they’re sound structurally, and they’ve got great goaltending. They play together as a team on lines one through four. It’s going to be a pretty good matchup for us with two similar teams. It’s going to come down to compete level.”

“They’ve got four good lines,” said Boudreau. “Their checking line is good as well, and they’re so deep on defense. [Goaltender] Mike Smith has been a pain in our side for a long time. They play with pace, they play with speed, and they’re well-coached. You add all of things up and it usually means that if we’re not ready for the game, they’re going to take it to us.”

INJURY UPDATE
Viktor Fasth
suffered a lower-body injury yesterday and is considered day-to-day, according to Boudreau. Frederik Andersen has been recalled from Norfolk of the American Hockey League and will serve as Jonas Hiller’s backup tonight.

"He just tweaked something lower body yesterday at the end of practice," Boudreau said. "It's precautionary. We've got so many games coming up, the last thing we need is somebody to get hurt badly."

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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