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Practice Report: Fasth Sent Home, Lovejoy Seeks Redemption

Thursday, 12.19.2013 / 3:50 PM / News
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Practice Report: Fasth Sent Home, Lovejoy Seeks Redemption
NEWARK \u2013 The Ducks held their practice at Prudential Center this afternoon in preparation for tomorrow night\u2019s contest against the New Jersey Devils.
PHOTOS FROM PRACTICE
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

NEWARK – The Ducks held their practice at Prudential Center this afternoon in preparation for tomorrow night’s contest against the New Jersey Devils.

Every player was accounted for except goaltender Viktor Fasth, who was sent back to Anaheim this morning to resume skating and continue his recovery.

“He’s not ready to play this weekend,” said head coach Bruce Boudreau. “If he could’ve gotten a couple good practices in, then there would’ve been a chance he could play. But, we decided we’d be pushing it a bit.”

Fasth is dealing with a lower-body injury that occurred prior to Anaheim’s Nov. 22 game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Honda Center. Fasth had missed 14 games earlier in the season with a lower-body injury, and this current ailment has had him out of the lineup for nine consecutive games.

“I’m sure Vik is frustrated,” Boudreau said. “We’re frustrated only because we love Vik. He’s frustrated on a personal level because he works so hard at the game. To have something impeding the way you want to feel as a goalie, I think you have to feel perfect as a goalie. As a player, you can play with all the bumps and bruises and sore legs and arms. But I think as a goalie, you’ve got to really feel good.”

Although Ryan Getzlaf is looking worse for wear these days after being checked face-first into the wall two nights ago in Detroit, a stitched-up lip isn’t preventing him from practicing with the team. Getzlaf took regular shifts with his usual linemates Dustin Penner and Corey Perry this afternoon. When asked about Getzlaf’s appearance, Boudreau laughed and said, “He’s a little uglier, but who am I to talk?”

LOOKING FOR REDEMPTION
Ben Lovejoy
distinctly remembers the first time these two teams met on Nov. 20 at Honda Center, for it was his clearing attempt that inadvertently caromed off Perry and into the back of the net in overtime, giving the Devils a 4-3 victory. It was a brutal ending to a game that had the Ducks give up the tying goal with 1:01 remaining in regulation.

“I’m hoping this game against the Devils ends up better for me than the last one,” he said. “It’s a bit of a redemption game. The Devils are such a smart team with great goaltending. You know you’re not going to break them from their system. They’re going to go out and play it to a tee every time.”

DUCKS NOTES
- Anaheim's six-game win streak is the second streak of six games-or-more for the club this season.

- Anaheim had a franchise-tying seven-game streak earlier this season (Oct. 5-Oct. 20, also Feb. 20-Mar. 7, 1999). This marks the 10th win streak of six games-or-more in franchise history.

- The Ducks also have points in nine straight games (7-0-2, 16 points), marking the longest active point streak in the league and the second nine-game streak for Anaheim in 2013-14 (also Oct. 25-Nov. 10). The club's last streak of 10 games-or-more occurred from Feb. 27-Mar. 20, 2013 (12 games, 9-0-3).

-Anaheim is the only NHL team with three different win streaks of five games or more this season. The Ducks also have points in 11 of 12 (9-1-2, 20).

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 33 21 7 5 97 89 47
2 CHI 32 22 9 1 100 64 45
3 STL 31 21 8 2 94 72 44
4 NSH 30 20 8 2 81 59 42
5 VAN 31 18 11 2 89 88 38
6 SJS 32 17 11 4 90 82 38
7 WPG 32 16 10 6 78 75 38
8 LAK 32 15 11 6 84 78 36
9 CGY 33 17 14 2 97 90 36
10 MIN 30 16 12 2 86 78 34
11 DAL 30 12 13 5 87 103 29
12 COL 30 10 13 7 78 98 27
13 ARI 31 11 16 4 72 100 26
14 EDM 32 7 19 6 66 106 20

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 32 10 24 6 34
R. Kesler 33 11 15 0 26
S. Vatanen 33 9 15 2 24
C. Perry 23 14 8 11 22
M. Beleskey 33 14 3 11 17
C. Fowler 32 3 14 0 17
J. Silfverberg 33 4 12 6 16
H. Lindholm 33 3 11 10 14
P. Maroon 25 2 12 -6 14
D. Smith-Pelly 30 4 7 1 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 17 5 4 .912 2.46

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