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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 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
12 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 63 20 41 13 61
C. Perry 51 27 18 15 45
R. Kesler 66 17 24 1 41
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
J. Silfverberg 65 10 20 11 30
H. Lindholm 63 6 23 20 29
P. Maroon 58 7 21 -4 28
C. Fowler 65 6 22 3 28
R. Rakell 55 6 19 5 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 30 8 5 .917 2.34
J. Gibson 9 5 0 .924 2.41

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