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 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 77 45 27 5 224 208 95
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 77 39 26 12 217 204 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
J. Wisniewski 66 8 26 -14 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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