Morning Report: Ducks Look to Rebound in Montreal

Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 9:37 AM PT / News
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Morning Report: Ducks Look to Rebound in Montreal
The Ducks will look to get back into the win column tonight against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre (4:30 p.m., Prime Ticket, AM 830).\r\n
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks will look to get back into the win column tonight against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre (4:30 p.m., Prime Ticket, AM 830).

Tonight marks the 23rd game all-time between the Ducks and Canadiens, and since the start of the 2005-06 season, the Ducks have picked up 11-of-12 points in the six contests between the two clubs, going 5-0-1 since Dec. 10, 2005 at Montreal.

Anaheim’s last visit to the Bell Centre was on Jan. 22, 2011, marking Saku Koivu's return to Montreal for his first game against his former club since signing as a free agent with the Ducks on July 8, 2009. In three career contests vs. the Canadiens, Koivu has collected 0-1=1 point with six PIM. Koivu played each of his first 13 NHL seasons in a Montreal uniform, and was named team captain on Sept. 30, 1999, holding the title for 10 years, matching the longest serving captaincy in Montreal’s 100-year history (also Jean Beliveau). Koivu collected 191-450=641 points in 792 games with the Canadiens from 1995-09.

CAPTAIN'S CHAIR
Koivu was greeted with a nice gift from the Canadiens organization as he stepped into the locker room this morning. In the room was a chair that was made to look like his former Canadiens jersey, complete with the captain's C and his name and number. No word on how he'll get it back to Anaheim.

Jonas Hiller (4-1-0) is likely to be tonight's starter. In his career against the Canadiens, Hiller is 2-0-1 with a 2.22 goals-against average.

Teemu Selanne is also expected to be in tonight's lineup. With this being the first of back-to-backs, there's a good chance he doesn't play tomorrow in Ottawa.

Luca Sbisa took part in the morning skate, but is not expected to play. Goaltender Viktor Fasth went on the ice near the end of the morning skate, but Frederik Andersen, who earned his first career NHL victory on Sunday against Dallas, will likely backup Hiller.

FACING THE HABS
Montreal enters tonight's game with a 5-4-0 record, with two of those wins coming at home. P.K. Subban leads all league defensemen with 11 points (2g/9a) in nine games. Former Duck Travis Moen has two assists through nine games, while teammate George Parros is still out of the lineup due to a concussion suffered on October 1. The good news is Parros skated with the team this morning for the first time since the injury. Both Moen and Parros were part of Anaheim's 2007 Stanley Cup championship team.

LINE COMBINATIONS
Here are the expected line combinations for tonight's game:

Patrick Maroon-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry
Jakob Silfverberg-Mathieu Perreault-Teemu Selanne
Daniel Winnik-Saku Koivu-Andrew Cogliano
Emerson Etem-Nick Bonino-Devante Smith-Pelly

Hampus Lindholm-Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler-Mark Fistric
Bryan Allen-Sami Vatanen

PENNER UPDATE
Dustin Penner
is improving daily following the incident vs. Dallas on Sunday. However, he is still suffering mild concussion symptoms. He will continue resting until he is symptom free and will then resume workouts.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

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
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
R. Rakell 67 8 22 8 30
 
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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