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Practice Report: Breaking Bad Habits

Wednesday, 01.29.2014 / 3:05 PM PT / News
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Practice Report: Breaking Bad Habits
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.”

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07

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