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Practice Report: Monday Briefing

Monday, 11.25.2013 / 12:21 PM PT / News
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Practice Report: Monday Briefing
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

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AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 50 21 14 -2 35
R. Getzlaf 46 4 30 6 34
R. Rakell 47 11 15 1 26
R. Kesler 50 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 50 6 18 0 24
J. Silfverberg 50 6 11 -3 17
C. Stewart 44 7 9 1 16
A. Cogliano 50 5 11 -10 16
H. Lindholm 49 6 8 -4 14
C. Fowler 37 3 9 -9 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 10 8 5 .918 2.35
J. Gibson 12 7 2 .923 1.92

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