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Morning Report: The Gang Prepares for Philly

Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 9:04 AM PT / News
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Morning Report: The Gang Prepares for Philly
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks are in the City of Brotherly Love for tonight’s matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

In this, the fifth game of the club’s season-long eight-game, 15-day road trip, the Ducks look to jump on a struggling Flyers squad that’s only won two games (2-4-0) at home. However, Philadelphia enters tonight’s game on a two-game winning streak, with victories over the Rangers and Islanders, respectively, outscoring them 7-3 in those games.

The injury bug has been a major pest since preseason, but the sun broke through the clouds this morning when center Mathieu Perreault stepped onto the ice for the morning skate. Perreault suffered a sprained left wrist in Friday’s win over Ottawa and missed Sunday’s game in Columbus, but is a “game-time decision,” according to head coach Bruce Boudreau. Perreault said his wrist felt “really good” yesterday. Perreault’s been nails in the faceoff dot this year, ranking sixth in the league in faceoff win percentage (58.0%). In addition, his nine points (4g/5a) in 11 games places him third on the team’s scoring chart.

Jonas Hiller was the first goaltender off the ice this morning and will likely get the start in net. Hiller (4-2-0) will look to bounce back after a 4-1 loss in Montreal on October 24.

INJURY UPDATES
Dustin Penner
skated with the team this morning, but is also a game-time decision, according to Boudreau.

Luca Sbisa (ankle) is hoping to play by either Saturday in Buffalo, or Monday in New York. Sbisa injured his ankle in the team’s first preseason game on September 16, and has yet to play in the regular season.

Matt Beleskey (hand) is expected to be ready for the team’s next road trip, beginning November 12 in Florida. Beleskey has played in two regular season games thus far (Oct. 2 at Colorado and Oct. 5 at Minnesota).

EXPECTED LINE COMBINATIONS
Patrick Maroon - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Emerson Etem - Mathieu Perreault - Teemu Selanne
Andrew Cogliano - Nick Bonino - Kyle Palmieri
Daniel Winnik - Peter Holland - Devante Smith-Pelly

Hampus Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler - Ben Lovejoy
Bryan Allen - Sami Vatanen

DUCKS-FLYERS
Tonight marks the first contest between the Ducks and Flyers at Wells Fargo Center in over three years. The two clubs last faced each other in Philadelphia on Oct. 21, 2010, a 3-2 Ducks win. Two subsequent contests have taken place, both at Honda Center. In the most recent contest at Honda Center on Dec. 2, 2011, Bruce Boudreau made his Ducks head coaching debut in a 4-3 overtime loss. The Ducks are 9-8-7 all-time vs. the Flyers, including a 4-4-3 mark in Philadelphia.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60

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