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Morning Report: Ducks Ready for Defensive Battle

Wednesday, 12.11.2013 / 2:58 PM / News
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Morning Report: Ducks Ready for Defensive Battle
It figures to be another tight-checking defensive battle tonight as the Ducks host the Minnesota Wild in a rare 7:30 p.m. PT contest at Honda Center.
PHOTOS FROM THE MORNING SKATE
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

It figures to be another tight-checking defensive battle tonight as the Ducks host the Minnesota Wild in a rare 7:30 p.m. PT contest at Honda Center.

Three of the last four contests against the Wild have been one-goal games, including the series opener, a 4-3 Ducks overtime victory in St. Paul on Oct. 5.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau said his team will need to be mentally strong to come out successful tonight.

“They’re a good team,” he said. “They’re well-structured. They don’t allow a lot of goals. Every game is almost a one-goal game. Mental toughness is going to be a big part of this game [tonight]. You need everybody playing. If you don’t have everybody playing, you’re going to be in trouble.”

Adds Boudreau, “Last time we played them, our goalie (Jonas Hiller) played great, thank goodness, because they were in our zone the whole night. We’re going to have to play an awful lot better than we did the other night if we want to beat these guys.”

To a man, the Ducks knew they didn’t have the start they wanted two nights ago against the New York Islanders. Teemu Selanne said that’ll have to change tonight against a Wild team that’s only six points behind the Ducks.

“We want to be ready,” he said. “We want to play the whole 60 minutes. We still want to make sure this is our barn and we want to take advantage of home ice, the fans, and everything. This is a team that wants to beat us.”

Selanne said the Ducks need to focus solely on what they can control. “I wouldn’t think too much about what they do. The main focus is what we can do. We try to execute our game plan as good as we can. There are no easy games. The day you start thinking it’s going to be easy, you’re in trouble. The last game was one of those, and hopefully we learned something.”

The 43-year-old also attributed much of the team’s home success this season to its loyal fans. “The fans are like our sixth or seventh player out there,” he said. “You try to suck all the energy from them, too. When you see the fans excited, that’s awesome.”

Hiller is expected to get the start in net tonight. He made 30 saves in Anaheim’s 4-3 overtime victory over the Wild at the Xcel Energy Center on Oct. 5.

The Ducks also recalled defenseman Nolan Yonkman from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League. The 32-year-old defenseman earned one assist in two games with the Ducks this season. At the time of his original recall (Nov. 23), Yonkman co-led the Admirals in appearances and ranked third in penalty minutes.

INJURED DUCKS NEARING RETURN?
Francois Beauchemin
, Mathieu Perreault and Jakob Silfverberg were on the ice this morning, and Boudreau said there’s a chance both Silfverberg and Beauchemin see game action on the upcoming road trip. Silfverberg has missed the last 22 games because of a broken right hand suffered on Oct. 25 at Ottawa, while Beauchemin has been out for the past nine contests due to an upper-body injury on Nov. 20 against New Jersey.

“I’m hoping [Silfverberg] sees action on the road trip,” Boudreau said. “He’s in great shape because we’ve been skating him for a while. As soon as he gets the OK to play, I don’t think it’ll be long after that.

“Beauch looked not bad today,” added Boudreau . “I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s playing [on Tuesday] in Detroit.”

Yesterday, Perreault said his plan was to practice today with hopes of returning to the lineup on Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers.

Though Mark Fistric didn’t skate today, Boudreau said the rugged defenseman is still day-to-day. “He’s feeling a lot better. He’s still sore. He did some work in the gym today, but we’ll see how he is tomorrow. Players talk about wanting to skate, and I just say ‘Okay,’ but we’ll see where it leads.” Fistric was injured in Monday's game against the Isles.

DUCKS-WILD
Anaheim and Minnesota play the second of a three-game season series tonight at Honda Center. The Ducks earned a 4-3 OT victory on Oct. 5 at Xcel Energy Center, courtesy of a two-point performance and overtime winner from Mathieu Perreault. Anaheim owns an all-time record of 23-16-9 vs. the Wild, including a 14-7-2 mark at Honda Center. Anaheim enters tonight's game on a club-best five-game winning streak vs. Minnesota, having swept last season's three-game set (3-0-0) along with a 2-1 win on Feb. 14, 2012. In addition, the Ducks have won two straight at Honda Center over the Wild. Teemu Selanne leads Anaheim skaters in career scoring vs. the Wild, collecting 32 points (11g/21a) in 42 games. The season series will conclude on Jan. 28 at Honda Center.

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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