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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 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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