Morning Report: Flu-Stricken Ducks Prepare for Lightning

Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 10:43 AM PT / News
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Morning Report: Flu-Stricken Ducks Prepare for Lightning
The road trip continues for Anaheim as the club prepares for tonight\u2019s contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum (4:30 p.m. PT, Prime Ticket, AM 830).
The road trip continues for Anaheim as the club prepares for tonight’s contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum (4:30 p.m. PT, Prime Ticket, AM 830).

But they’ll have to do it without the services of their captain Ryan Getzlaf, who will miss his third consecutive game with an upper-body injury suffered during the team’s morning skate on November 8.

“Tonight's not the night for Ryan Getzlaf,” said head coach Bruce Boudreau. “If not tomorrow [at Carolina], hopefully Monday [at Pittsburgh]. He's getting closer."

The news doesn’t get any better for the Ducks, who are currently being hit hard by the flu bug. Goaltender Jonas Hiller couldn’t even sit on the bench during Sunday’s game against the Canucks because of illness. Then, Kyle Palmieri was scratched from Tuesday’s game with flu-like symptoms. Yesterday, Daniel Winnik missed practice because of illness, but was back on the ice this morning. And now, Corey Perry is considered a game-time decision because of illness. Perry did not skate with the team this morning. Despite missing Tuesday’s game at Florida, Palmieri confirmed he’ll be in tonight’s lineup.

“We're definitely hoping it doesn't spread any further," said Boudreau.

The Ducks (15-4-1, 31 points) will have to use every ounce of energy to come out of Tampa Bay with two points tonight. The Lightning leads the Eastern Conference with a 13-5-0 record (26 points) and have only lost twice at home this season (7-2-0). In fact, tonight’s matchup features two of the hottest teams in the league, both with eight wins over their last 10 games.

“It’s all about playing our game,” said Ben Lovejoy. “When we’re playing well, very few teams are going to beat us on a nightly basis, and we need to get back to it against a very good Tampa Bay team.”

The big news out of Tampa Bay is the loss of Steven Stamkos, who broke his right tibia in Monday’s game at Boston. Stamkos was tied with Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby atop the scoring race with 23 points and shared the goal-scoring lead with the St. Louis Blues' Alexander Steen (14) at the time of his injury. Stamkos had successful surgery on Tuesday, but no prospective timetable has been set for his return.

INJURY UPDATES
Though it has not yet been officially announced by the Ducks, Viktor Fasth has rejoined the team and was on the ice this morning. Fasth, along with Matt Beleskey, were sent to Norfolk of the American Hockey League on Long-Term Injury Conditioning Loans. Fasth appeared in one game for the Admirals (Nov. 13 vs. Manchester), stopping 27-of-30 shots in 35 minutes of action. Beleskey also appeared in one contest for Norfolk (Nov. 13), scoring the team’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss.

Though Fasth is with the big club, Boudreau said he’ll be activated when he feels ready. Boudreau also said Beleskey will play at least one more game with Norfolk.

EXPECTED LINE COMBINATIONS
Dustin Penner-Nick Bonino-Corey Perry*
Emerson Etem-Mathieu Perreault-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

*Perry is a game-time decision because of illness.

DUCKS-LIGHTNING
Tonight marks the first meeting between the two clubs since Feb. 21, 2012 at Tampa Bay Times Forum (3-2 Lightning win). Prior to that contest, it had been 15 months between meetings (Nov. 3, 2010). Therefore, tonight marks the second meeting in just over three years. Three of the last four contests vs. Tampa Bay have been extended to the OT frame (all Anaheim wins) dating to Nov. 19, 2009, a 4-3 OT Ducks win at Honda Center (Scott Niedermayer’s 13th and final career OT goal). The Ducks own an all-time record of 14-9-1 vs. the Lightning (7-5-0 at TB). Since the 2003-04 season, Anaheim has posted a 6-2-0 record vs. Tampa Bay.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 77 45 27 5 224 208 95
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 77 39 26 12 217 204 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
R. Rakell 67 8 22 8 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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