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Morning Report: Enjoying the Comforts of Home

Monday, 12.09.2013 / 3:08 PM / News
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Morning Report: Enjoying the Comforts of Home
The Ducks talk about tonight\'s matchup with the Islanders, their play at Honda Center and the improved penalty kill.
Photos from the morning skate
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks can finally enjoy the comforts of home for more than a few days, as the team opens a three-game homestand tonight against the New York Islanders (7 p.m. PT, FOX Sports West, AM 830).

Tonight will be just the 13th home game of the season, and 33rd overall for Anaheim. Fortunately for the Ducks, Honda Center has been a place of dominance, as the team remains the only club in the league without a regulation loss at home (10-0-2). Captain Ryan Getzlaf said the consistency of home success really started to blossom last season.

“That’s something we wanted to build here, and I think we started it last year,” he said. “We make it a tough building to come into. Our fans have done a great job showing up every night and participating in everything. It helps us get motivated.”

Said defenseman Mark Fistric, “Playing at Honda Center in front of our own fans and going home to your family and not at a hotel, and having home-cooked meals, is a great thing. We enjoy being home.”

The Ducks will enjoy the comforts even more if they can take down a New York Islanders squad that’s winless in its last nine road games. The Islanders’ last road victory came on Nov. 1 (5-4 shootout win at Ottawa). But head coach Bruce Boudreau is well aware of how dangerous the Isles can be.

“I see a lot of speed on a talented team that’s snakebit right now,” he said. “They’ve had four shorthanded breakaways in the last three games. They just haven’t been able to put it in. If they score one in L.A., it’s probably a different game. If they score in Pittsburgh, they probably come out winning two of the last three. But, when you’re snakebit, you need that break.

“Hopefully it doesn’t come tonight, but when they do, we know they’re good enough to turn it around and go on a streak like they did last year. We’re well aware of them and their speed.”

Jonas Hiller is expected to get the start tonight. Hiller is 10-4-4 with a 2.60 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 19 appearances this season. In his career against the Islanders, Hiller is 1-0-0 with a 1.78 GAA in four appearances.

GLASS CASE OF EMOTION
Fistric went from sheer jubilation to disbelief to disappointment in a matter of seconds after his apparent overtime goal in Friday’s game in Chicago was disallowed. The goal would’ve been his first career tally in overtime and the second game-winning goal of his career (his first came as a member of the Stars on Dec. 28, 2010 at Nashville).

So it was only fitting the following night in St. Louis when the puck found his stick with time winding down in regulation. After Andrew Cogliano corralled a loose puck in the defensive zone and found Fistric alone as he stepped out of the penalty box, the veteran defenseman wristed it into an empty net just outside the blueline, giving the Ducks the insurance goal in their 5-2 victory over the Blues. It was a feel-good moment for Fistric and the rest of the team.

“The Hockey Gods kind of took care of me there,” he said. “I’m just glad Cogs had his head up and found me. I was excited.”

DUCKS-ISLANDERS
This is the first of two games between the New York Islanders and Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks defeated the Islanders 4-2 at Honda Center on Jan. 6, 2012 with three third-period goals. Anaheim is 9-10-5 in its all-time series against the Islanders.

The Ducks will play in Long Island on Dec. 21 as part of a four-game Eastern Conference road trip.

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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