Practice Report: It's Back to Work They Go

Monday, 01.27.2014 / 1:16 PM PT / News
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Practice Report: It\'s Back to Work They Go
After all the hoopla and festivities of Saturday\u2019s 3-0 victory over the LA Kings at Dodger Stadium came and went, the Ducks returned to a familiar place today to prepare for an important stretch of games.
PHOTOS FROM PRACTICE
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

After all the hoopla and festivities of Saturday’s 3-0 victory over the LA Kings at Dodger Stadium came and went, the Ducks returned to a familiar place today to prepare for an important stretch of games.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau said today’s theme was about getting his team recharged after two emotional games against the Kings.

“You take the emotion drop-off from the last two games, and today was more like ‘Do we have to work?,’” he said. “Yeah, we have to work. The message was that we knew it was going to be tough. Let’s push yourself today so you’re not lethargic tomorrow.”

The Ducks open a five-game homestand tomorrow night beginning with the Minnesota Wild then play one road game (Feb. 8 at Nashville) before the two-week Olympic break. Boudreau always emphasizes winning the week, which, this week, includes games against the Wild, Philadelphia Flyers (Thursday) and the Dallas Stars (Saturday). With six games remaining before the break, Boudreau says it’s going to be a challenge despite the team’s impressive success at Honda Center.

“It’s really hard to win that many games in a row anyway,” he said. “Now you put them at home and it’s still just as difficult. It’ll really be a good test for our home record for these next five games.”

All healthy players were accounted for at practice except Corey Perry, who had a maintenance day, according to Boudreau. Perry ranks tied for second in the league with 28 goals and fifth in points (57), while his +25 rating also ranks tied for second among all players.

Boudreau said Perry has “all kinds of bumps and bruises,” but is expected to play tomorrow.

FASTH UPDATE
Viktor Fasth skated on his own prior to the team’s practice, and afterward gave an update on his recovery.

“It’s been going good,” he said. “I’m following the plan and I’ve been skating with the equipment on for two days. It’s getting better every day. I hope to be at the full practice soon.”

The 31-year-old has been dealing with a lower-body injury that’s kept him out of the lineup for the past 30 games. Fasth says it’s all about patience and taking it one day at a time.

“You want to get back as soon as possible, but you have to listen to your body and see how it responds,” he said. “We’re taking it step-by-step. I’m not taking any shots right now, so it’s more about getting the movements back and seeing how the body responds. So far, so good.”

KEEPING THE EMOTIONS HIGH
Even though the Ducks hold a seven-point lead over the Chicago Blackhawks for the top spot in the NHL, they’ll have to fight off an emotional dip after two consecutive games against the Kings.

“It’s just about going back to work,” said defenseman Mark Fistric, who dished out 17 hits in the two games against LA. “We’re back at home, so we’re going to have to restart a streak. It starts tomorrow and it doesn’t matter who we’re playing.”

Nick Bonino says the Ducks can’t afford to take any nights off.

“We just have to realize each game matters right now,” he said. “We’ve put ourselves in a good spot up to this point. [Minnesota] is a team we might meet in the playoffs, so we want to send a message that it’s our home rink.”

Fistric credits a lot of their home success to the fans, who made their presence known at Dodger Stadium. “Our fans have been huge all year long,” he said. “They’re great. They’re loud and very passionate. We feed off of it and we play for them.”

“They came out in force to Dodger Stadium, and we really appreciated that,” said Bonino. “It’s always a little easier playing at home when they’re loud and yelling.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
J. Wisniewski 66 8 26 -14 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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