Practice Report: It's Back to Work They Go

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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 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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