Practice Report: Monday Briefing

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Practice Report: Monday Briefing
It was travel day for the Ducks, who took off for an afternoon flight to Dallas for their game tomorrow night against the Stars. But before they left, the team held 60-minute practice at THE RINKS \u2013 Anaheim ICE.
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

It was travel day for the Ducks, who took off for an afternoon flight to Dallas for their game tomorrow night against the Stars.

But before they left, the team held a 60-minute practice at THE RINKS – Anaheim ICE. However, several players were not on the ice, including defenseman Bryan Allen.

“Bryan wasn’t out there, so he’s not coming on the trip,” said head coach Bruce Boudreau. Allen suffered a lower-body injury during the first period of Saturday’s game in Phoenix and didn’t return. The injury forced the Ducks to play with five defensemen the rest of the game, on the heels of losing Francois Beauchemin to an upper-body injury on Wednesday. Beauchemin has missed the last two games and wasn’t on the ice this morning.

“Beauch wasn’t at practice, so you know he’s not coming on the trip,” Boudreau said. Because of the injuries on the blueline, the Ducks recalled Sami Vatanen and Nolan Yonkman from Norfolk on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

“Sami started the first 15 games we had,” said Boudreau. “He made this team. We just thought his confidence was getting a little low and he needed a little time there [in Norfolk]. He’s an offensive-minded skilled defenseman. That’s what he is.”

Saku Koivu took part in the team’s full practice on a line with Emerson Etem and Devante Smith-Pelly, but the veteran center said he won’t make the trip to Dallas.

“It’s getting closer and closer,” he said, on his return to the lineup. “I’m seeing a doctor in the next couple of days and I’m waiting until all the symptoms go away. I guess the next target is Friday and we’ll see how it goes. There are really no guarantees either way, so we’ll have to wait and see how I react and feel in the next couple of days.”

As players were in the process of taking off their gear after practice, Saku sat in his stall in full equipment as the Zamboni made its final passes. Once the ice was fully resurfaced, Koivu joined Jakob Silfverberg and Sheldon Souray for a second session. Silfverberg is recovering from a broken hand suffered on October 25 at Ottawa and Souray is coming off wrist surgery in the offseason.

GETTING IN THE LANES
After going winless in five games, the Ducks responded with back-to-back wins against Tampa Bay and Phoenix on consecutive nights, only allowing two goals during that span (both of which occurred in Phoenix). The Ducks have recorded 34 blocked shots in those two victories.

“In two games, to only allow two goals, it really shows our defensive work in practice, as far as going in straight lines, being in shooting lanes and blocking shots,” said Etem. “If we play hard like we’ve been doing in the past couple of games, we’ll keep the streak going.”

TOP LINE PRODUCTION
Anaheim’s top line of Dustin Penner, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry is one of the reasons why the Ducks sit atop the league standings.

The "PPG" line potted three of the team’s four goals in their 4-2 victory on Saturday, and the trio has 32 goals and 69 points this season.

“You go down the road, they’re probably the highest scoring line in the league,” said Boudreau. “You take away Ovechkin’s 20 [goals], I don’t know how many his linemates have. There are [32] goals between the three of them. They’re feeling it right now and they’re playing pretty well.”

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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 16 2 18 6 20
C. Perry 16 10 8 6 18
J. Silfverberg 16 4 14 6 18
R. Kesler 16 7 6 2 13
P. Maroon 16 7 4 4 11
S. Vatanen 16 3 8 5 11
C. Fowler 16 2 8 5 10
H. Lindholm 16 2 8 2 10
M. Beleskey 16 8 1 -4 9
A. Cogliano 16 3 6 9 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 11 5 3 .913 2.34

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