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Morning Report: Right Back At It

Saturday, 01.18.2014 / 1:55 PM / News
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Morning Report: Right Back At It
The Ducks (36-9-5, 77 points) will have a chance to start a new streak tonight against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center.
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

All good things must come to an end, as last night the Ducks saw their eight-game winning streak snapped in a 4-2 loss to the Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks had the start they wanted, and jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period on goals from Marian Hossa and Kris Versteeg. And while the Ducks nearly clawed their way back from a three-goal deficit late in the third on goals from Ryan Getzlaf and Kyle Palmieri 53 seconds apart, it was too little too late against the team directly beneath them in the league standings.

The loss ended an impressive eight-game run for the Ducks, one that began with a 6-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center on New Year’s Eve. It was the longest active winning streak in the NHL at the time, and the club’s third streak of seven-or-more games, marking the first team to do so since the Detroit Red Wings in 2007-08.

Fortunately for the Ducks (36-9-5, 77 points), they’ll have a chance to start a new streak tonight against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. But it’ll take a full 60-minute effort to beat a Blues team that’s third in the conference with 69 points (32-9-5). The Blues also have four games in hand on the Ducks, which makes tonight’s game all the more important for Anaheim.

“They lost their last game in their own building and it’ll definitely make them hungrier,” said forward Kyle Palmieri, of the Blues’ 4-1 loss to LA two nights ago. “But that’s the best part about hockey. We get to go out and do it again. Hopefully we get off to a good start and go from there.”

The regulation loss on home ice was only the fourth this season for the Blues (18-4-2), who also dropped a 5-2 contest against the Ducks back on Dec. 7.

Frederik Andersen is expected to get the start in net tonight. The 24-year-old rookie earned his 11th win of the season on Jan. 15 in Anaheim’s 9-1 rout of the Canucks at Honda Center. Overall, Andersen is 11-2-0 with a 1.98 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.

On the other side, Brian Elliott looks to be the Blues’ starter. Elliott had to come on in relief of Jaroslav Halak in the first meeting of the season between these two clubs, after Halak was blitzed with three goals on eight shots early in the first period.

BLUES TALK
Earlier this morning, Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock offered his thoughts on the Ducks.

“When you look at Anaheim, all the players look the same,” he said. “They all hunt the puck, they all forecheck, they all play physical, and they all have great puck support. They all hound you. You have no space, no time. You have to be really sharp. If you’re lazy or slow, they jump all over you. They come at you in waves.

“There are games, quite frankly, when you watch them play, you can turn it off halfway through. They might be up a goal or maybe the game is tied, but when they’re dominating that way, you just know the end result is going to be in their favor.”

LONG AND WINDING ROAD
Anaheim has won eight of its last 10 road games (8-2-0) and has earned points in nine of the last 11 (8-2-1). With a 16-9-3 road record, Anaheim leads the NHL in road points (35) and wins.

The Ducks have played 68% of their road schedule with a co-league-leading 28 games and have completed travel to the Eastern Time Zone for the season. In addition, the club has only two remaining in the Central Time Zone (tonight and Feb. 8 at Nashville) of the 14 remaining on the road schedule.

DUCKS-BLUES
Anaheim and St. Louis play the second of a three-game season series tonight at Scottrade Center. The Ducks opened the season series with a 5-2 win over the Blues on Dec. 7 in St. Louis. Anaheim owns a 35-32-10 all-time record vs. St. Louis (14-17-8 on road) and is led by Teemu Selanne’s 61 points (25g/26a) in 72 career games against the Blues. Following tonight’s game, the season series will shift to Anaheim for the finale on Feb. 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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