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Morning Report: Enjoying the Comforts of Home

Monday, 12.9.2013 / 12:08 PM PT / News
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Morning Report: Enjoying the Comforts of Home
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 - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07
A. Khudobin 3 3 0 .909 2.70

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