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Morning Report: Dream Becomes Reality Tonight at Dodger Stadium

Saturday, 01.25.2014 / 10:28 AM PT / News
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Morning Report: Dream Becomes Reality Tonight at Dodger Stadium
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 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
8 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 50 22 25 3 130 147 47
13 WPG 51 22 26 3 132 148 47
14 EDM 52 21 26 5 130 151 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 50 21 14 -2 35
R. Getzlaf 46 4 30 6 34
R. Rakell 47 11 15 1 26
R. Kesler 50 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 50 6 18 0 24
J. Silfverberg 50 6 11 -3 17
C. Stewart 44 7 9 1 16
A. Cogliano 50 5 11 -10 16
H. Lindholm 49 6 8 -4 14
C. Fowler 37 3 9 -9 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 10 8 5 .918 2.35
J. Gibson 12 7 2 .923 1.92

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