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Morning Report: Dream Becomes Reality Tonight at Dodger Stadium

Saturday, 01.25.2014 / 1:28 PM / News
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Morning Report: Dream Becomes Reality Tonight at Dodger Stadium
In a few hours, fans will pack Dodger Stadium for an event Southern California has never seen before. After months of preparation and planning, one of hockey\u2019s best rivalries will be taken outdoors as part of the 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series tonight in front of 54,000 fans (6:30 p.m. PT, NBC Sports Network, AM 830).
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

In a few hours, fans will pack Dodger Stadium for an event Southern California has never seen before. After months of preparation and planning, one of hockey’s best rivalries will be taken outdoors as part of the 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series tonight in front of 54,000 fans (6:30 p.m. PT, NBC Sports Network, AM 830).

The Ducks have never played an outdoor game in their 20-year history, but they got a taste of what’s to come during a practice yesterday.

“I was just trying to take it all in,” said defenseman Cam Fowler. The 22-year-old grew up in suburban Detroit, so he knows what it’s like to play outdoors. But never has he played in the open air on such a grand scale.

“First, I was trying to get my bearings and look around to see where home plate is,” he said. “Just looking at the different seats and trying to get a feel for how it’s going to be for them watching the game. Then, just getting on the ice and getting used to it all.

“It certainly took some getting used to, but the whole experience is going to be great. It’s such a great atmosphere, and something we’re definitely looking forward to.”

New Hampshire native Ben Lovejoy never thought he'd be playing outdoor hockey in 70-degree weather.

"It is so cool, and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing," he said. “Maybe our children out there right now will be able to look back at their childhood memories from skating at Dodger Stadium.”

Although this game is being played in a neutral location for both teams, it’s considered a road game for the Ducks. Anaheim has won nine of its last 11 road games (9-2-0) and has earned points in 10 of the last 12 (9-2-1). With a 17-9-3 road record, the Ducks lead the NHL in road points (37) and wins. Anaheim has played 71% of its road schedule with a co-league-leading 29 games.

BLACK AND BLUE
There are surely some bruises that still remain after the Ducks delivered 48 hits in their 2-1 victory over the Kings two nights ago at Honda Center. Defenseman Mark Fistric led the way with eight, and the game plan figures to stay the same tonight. But will it be the same lineup? Head coach Bruce Boudreau kept that answer close to the vest.

“Probably the tendency would be to keep the same lineup,” he said. “I don't know that I really go with the norm sometimes, though. So we've moved our guys around a lot this year. And I think [tonight] will probably be a little bit of the same.”

DUCKS-KINGS
Anaheim and Los Angeles play the third game of the five-game 2013-14 Freeway Faceoff as part of the 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series tonight at Dodger Stadium. Anaheim is 50-41-23 all-time against Los Angeles and has outscored its Pacific Division rival, 323-314 (shootout goals excluded). Teemu Selanne leads the Ducks in career scoring vs. the Kings, earning 118 points (52g/66a) in 104 games. Captain Ryan Getzlaf has points in five of his last six games (3g/2a) vs. Los Angeles dating to Mar. 16, 2012.

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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