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 y - ANA 79 50 22 7 232 217 107
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 77 45 27 5 224 208 95
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 77 39 26 12 217 204 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 SJS 77 38 30 9 217 216 85
11 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
12 COL 77 35 30 12 207 218 82
13 EDM 77 23 41 13 186 260 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 76 24 44 14 68
C. Perry 64 33 20 16 53
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
J. Silfverberg 78 12 26 14 38
S. Vatanen 64 12 25 6 37
P. Maroon 70 9 25 -4 34
C. Fowler 77 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 75 7 27 27 34
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
R. Rakell 68 8 22 8 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 34 11 5 .914 2.37
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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