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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 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 

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