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Practice Report: A Little Home Cooking Never Hurt Anybody

Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 3:29 PM PT / News
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Practice Report: A Little Home Cooking Never Hurt Anybody
Photos from practice
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

Perhaps the best remedy for the Ducks is a little home cooking.

The team is back in town after their recent four-game road trip, and will open a very brief two-game homestand that starts tomorrow night against the New Jersey Devils. After home games against the Devils and Tampa Bay Lightning (Friday), the Ducks will hit the road once more for games in Phoenix on Saturday and Dallas next Tuesday.

It’s been a brutal stretch for the Ducks, who have played 12 of their last 15 games on the road, all of which have been in the Eastern Time Zone.

But the Ducks remain the only unbeaten team at home this season (8-0-0) and will look to continue that trend tomorrow.

“I think coming home is great and you love playing in front of the home crowd,” said Matt Beleskey. “You get that energy and maybe some relaxation off the road. I think that’ll be good for our team.”

“We’ve had four tough games on the road and so far this year we’ve played really good at home,” said Francois Beauchemin. “We want to keep that going. Hopefully we’ll turn it around in the next two games before going back again on the road.”

Beauchemin said last night’s game was a better overall performance, but lacked the consistency and 60-minute effort that’s needed to be successful in this league.

“We just haven’t been consistent,” he said. “We haven’t really played a 60-minute game. We’re going to need to go back to that tomorrow and Friday if we want to be successful at home.”

“That’s a very highly touted team in this league,” Beleskey said of the Pittsburgh Penguins. “People have predicted them to win the Stanley Cup, and I think we were in that game the entire time. We can definitely take that as a positive, but that’s not how we want to play, either.”

KOIVU UPDATE
The Ducks hope to have Saku Koivu back in the lineup soon, though head coach Bruce Boudreau said the veteran center is “questionable” for tomorrow night’s game.

“He’s looking better,” Boudreau said. “He looked this good the other night and he didn’t play. It’ll be up to him on how he feels after the practice today.”

MORE BOUDREAU
On the team’s recent struggles

“You go through these things. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Maybe last year’s Chicago Blackhawks team was quite an anomaly being able to go through without a little bit of a losing streak. We had a lot of things go wrong, but I think we just didn’t get the job done. I thought we played ok in Florida and didn’t play very good in Tampa. We played good in Carolina and I thought for two periods we played really good last night. Sometimes you don’t get the breaks and there are games you deserve to win and you don’t win. And there are games you don’t deserve to win and you win.”

On illness and fundamental breakdowns
"The illness I don’t chalk any of it up to. We don’t want to use any excuses at any time. The breakdowns, there were a couple. We allowed more goals on that trip than we did the whole eight games previous. It’s something we have to work on. We only scored six goals in four games. You’re not going to win a lot of hockey games if you allow 13 goals and you only score six. Both ends have to be picked up."

On what was stressed during today’s practice
"We know we have to get secondary scoring. There was a reason we were 15-3 at one point because we did. Our third and fourth lines were scoring, our second line was scoring and our first line was scoring. It was hard to contain a group when you have four lines going. That being said, when you only have one line going, it’s pretty easy to contain. That’s what is happening. We just worked on things like going to the net and stopping in front of the net. You know, 75 percent of the goals are scored within five feet of the blue paint. That’s where you want to converge."

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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