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Morning Report: Ducks Look to Rebound in Montreal

Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 12:37 PM / 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 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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