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Morning Report: League-leading Ducks Ready for Florida

Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 10:08 AM PT / News
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Morning Report: League-leading Ducks Ready for Florida
Photos from the morning skate
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks find themselves in the Sunshine State for tonight’s road contest against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center (4:30 p.m. PT, Prime Ticket, AM 830). Tonight marks the first of four games on the road which continues Thursday in Tampa Bay, Friday at Carolina and Monday night in Pittsburgh.

No team in the league is hotter than the Ducks right now, who sit atop the standings with a 15-3-1 record (31 points). The Ducks have won five straight games (5-0-0), the longest active streak in the NHL, and have a standings point streak of nine consecutive games (8-0-1), tied for the longest standings point streak this season (San Jose from Oct. 3-21, also 8-0-1). In addition, Anaheim's 31-point start to the season matches the club record through 19 games (also 15-3-1 in 2012-13).

On the opposite end of the spectrum are the Florida Panthers (3-11-4, 10 points), who enter tonight’s game on a nine-game losing streak (0-5-4), and sit 15th in the 16-team Eastern Conference. Tonight marks Florida’s lone home game sandwiched between eight road contests. The Panthers recently completed a three-game road trip (0-3-0) and will embark on a season-long five-game trek beginning Friday in Minnesota.

"I don’t use the word trap, but it’s a scary game," said head coach Bruce Boudreau. "When you have a new coach and you come back into their building, you just know they’re going to be flying.

"They’ve lost their last two all by one goal, so it’s not like they’re far away. They just need a break here or there. They’re going to win sometime and they’re going to start winning in droves, but we just don’t want it to be tonight."

Ryan Getzlaf was not on the ice this morning and will not play tonight, according to Boudreau. Getzlaf missed Sunday’s game but is expected to practice tomorrow with hopes of playing Thursday in Tampa Bay.

Frederik Andersen is expected to make his third consecutive start tonight. The 24-year-old rookie was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for Nov. 4-10 after going 3-0-0 with a 1.33 GAA and .958 SV%. In his first six career NHL contests, Andersen has gone 6-0-0 with a 1.41 GAA and .952 SV%. He became the first goalie to win his first six NHL games since December, 1993 (Toronto’s Damian Rhodes from 3/22/91-12/2/93) and is the only ACTIVE goalie to do so.

EXPECTED LINE COMBINATIONS
Dustin Penner - Mathieu Perreault - Corey Perry
Emerson Etem - Nick Bonino - Teemu Selanne
Andrew Cogliano - Daniel Winnik - Devante Smith-Pelly
Patrick Maroon - Rickard Rakell - Kyle Palmieri*

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

*There is a chance the Ducks dress seven defensemen tonight.

NOTE: With tonight's appearance, Corey Perry will tie Ruslan Salei (594) for fourth on Anaheim's all-time games played list.

DUCKS-PANTHERS
The Anaheim Ducks and Florida Panthers meet for the first of two times in 2013-14. The clubs will close out the season series in Anaheim on March 23 at Honda Center. The Ducks have won three straight games vs. the Panthers dating to Feb. 1, 2010 (also a win on Dec. 1, 2010 at Honda Center, 5-3). All-time, Anaheim is 10-9-4 vs. Florida.

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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