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Practice Report: A Little Home Cooking Never Hurt Anybody

Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 6:29 PM / News
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Practice Report: A Little Home Cooking Never Hurt Anybody
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.
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 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 60 19 40 10 59
C. Perry 48 26 17 13 43
R. Kesler 63 16 23 -2 39
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 55 7 21 -4 28
H. Lindholm 60 6 22 17 28
J. Silfverberg 62 9 18 7 27
C. Fowler 62 5 21 -2 26
R. Rakell 52 5 19 4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 7 5 0 .914 2.63

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