Practice Report: Breaking Bad Habits

Wednesday, 01.29.2014 / 3:05 PM PT / News
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Practice Report: Breaking Bad Habits
Due to tonight\u2019s P!NK concert at Honda Center, the Ducks took to the ice a few miles down the road at their practice facility, THE RINKS \u2013 Anaheim ICE. If there were any lapses in focus last night, there sure weren\u2019t anything this afternoon as the Ducks got back to working on battle drills and eliminating missteps.
PHOTOS FROM PRACTICE
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

Due to tonight’s P!nk concert at Honda Center, the Ducks took to the ice a few miles down the road at their practice facility, THE RINKS – Anaheim ICE. If there were any lapses in focus last night, there sure weren’t any this afternoon as the Ducks got back to working on battle drills and eliminating missteps.

“We’ve had some bad habits with our own zone coverage and the battles,” said Teemu Selanne. “We’ve got to fix those before we start getting even worse. It was a good, hard practice. Tomorrow is another challenge.”

The challenge comes in the form of the Philadelphia Flyers, who come to Anaheim fresh off a 5-0 blowout victory at home over the Detroit Red Wings. Much like the Wild, the Flyers are in the hunt for a playoff spot, currently sitting in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, one point behind sixth but also a point ahead of ninth. Though February is not yet upon us, you can expect a hungry, desperate hockey team tomorrow night.

“It’s a team we know that if we’re not at our best, we’re not going to succeed,” said head coach Bruce Boudreau. “They’re in a real dog-eat-dog situation in the Metropolitan Division. Every point they get is really valuable to them.”

Boudreau had a discussion with his players today about what he calls “the graph.” And as of today, the team’s play is lowering the curve.

“From the Vancouver game to this game, were playing like this,” he said, motioning downward. “When you start losing, it becomes really tough to get out of the bottom, and it usually takes a game or two to start coming up and playing again.

“I show it when I don’t want them to get to the bottom. Maybe you can nip it in the bud before it gets there.”

Boudreau was also asked if it’s easier to overlook or dismiss bad habits because of the team’s consistent success this season.

“It doesn’t become tougher to see the warts, it becomes tougher to accept the warts,” he said. “We were down 2-1 last night going into the third, and we had no right being down 2-1. It should’ve been 5-1 or 6-1.

“We could’ve come back and won that game. Then all of a sudden, you’re happy because you won, but you miss the fact you didn’t play well. Or miss the fact you didn’t play well against LA or St. Louis, but you’re still winning. Sometimes those things are overshadowed by doing the right things.”

NO HALF MEASURES
Boudreau referenced this portion of the season as hockey’s version of baseball’s dog days of summer. Just past halfway but not quite the stretch drive, the Ducks will have to find ways to push themselves to get better.

Selanne says it’s their job to be prepared every night.

“We have a good competition about the lineups,” he said. “It’s a tough time of the year, but we still have enough depth and energy to play well every night. Our job is to be ready.

“Last game, we probably played the worst game of the season. We want to put that behind and start again.”

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
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 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 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
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
R. Rakell 67 8 22 8 30
 
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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