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 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.
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.
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
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.