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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
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 - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07

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