Morning Report: Dream Becomes Reality Tonight at Dodger Stadium

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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 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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