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Practice Report: Breaking Bad Habits

Wednesday, 01.29.2014 / 6:05 PM / 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.”

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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