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Morning Report: Ducks Prepare for Bruising Battle

Thursday, 01.30.2014 / 12:39 PM PT / News
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Morning Report: Ducks Prepare for Bruising Battle
By Kyle Shohara

Positives vibes were reverberating inside the Ducks locker room this morning as players began making their way off the ice at Honda Center.

The game two nights ago was a stark reminder of the importance of being mentally prepared, and yesterday’s practice served as a way to shake bad habits. They’ll be facing a Flyers squad right in the thick of the playoff hunt in the East, currently sitting in seventh in the conference.

Kyle Palmieri had a standout game in Philadelphia back on Oct. 29 when he scored two consecutive (and unanswered) goals in the third period to cap off a furious rally. The Ducks wound up winning that game by a score of 3-2. Palmieri seems to have his biggest games against Eastern Conference teams, but the New Jersey native remained humble when asked about his success.

“Hopefully I keep that trend going,” he said. “But I’ll just do whatever it takes to help my teammates out. It’s going to be a big game for us.”

Palmieri says the Flyers thrive off emotion, so setting the tone early could go a long way in tonight’s game.

“They’re a good team that plays a physical game,” he said. “They play real emotional. We definitely need to have a good first period against them and make sure they know, coming into our building, we’re not going to give anything away.”

Despite Philadelphia’s inconsistent play this season, head coach Bruce Boudreau knows the Flyers have enough talent to make any game dangerous.

“I still think of them as a really good team because they have really good individuals,” he said. “They’ve got the potential, on any night, to be as good as anybody. That’s what I’ve thought of them since I was in Washington.”

Patrick Maroon
started his professional career in Philadelphia after being selected by the Flyers in the sixth round (161st overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft. The 25-year-old spent parts of four seasons with the Flyers’ farm clubs (Philadelphia Phantoms and Adirondack Phantoms), but never saw NHL action until he was traded to Anaheim (along with David Laliberte) for Danny Syvret and Rob Bordson on Nov. 21, 2010.

Maroon made his NHL debut with Anaheim on Oct. 25, 2011 at Chicago, and has become a regular in the Ducks lineup this season. Maroon was quoted in the preseason as saying he treats every practice like a real game, and that mindset and relentless determination is paying off. Earlier today, Maroon was asked if playing against Philly holds a special place in his heart.

“It’s very special to play against these guys,” he said. “But at the end of the day, they’re the ones that drafted me and started my career. It’s fun to play against these guys because they traded me, but it’s especially fun to play in the National Hockey League. I never imagined I’d be doing it [playing against the Flyers], but I’m here today. I can thank the Anaheim Ducks.”

Yesterday, the Ducks announced a three-year contract extension for defenseman Mark Fistric. The 27-year-old blueliner has appeared in 27 games in his first season with the Ducks, posting five points (1g/4a) with 18 penalty minutes (PIM) and a +8 rating. Signed as a free agent on Aug. 20, 2013, Fistric ranks second on the team in hits (123). The rugged defenseman talked about what it means to be with Anaheim for another three years.

“The contract itself is more than words can say,” he said. “It’s an exciting time for me and my family. I couldn’t be happier to be a part of this organization for a few more years to come. I was really excited when Bob [Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray] picked up the phone and reached out to us.

“When we come to the rink, there’s such a good, competitive level in our group with 23 guys coming every day to play their hearts out. When you see the guy next to you battling as hard as he does, it elevates your play. It’s just what makes it so good.”

Dustin Penner-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry
Matt Beleskey-Nick Bonino-Kyle Palmieri
Daniel Winnik-Saku Koivu-Andrew Cogliano
Patrick Maroon-Mathieu Perreault-Teemu Selanne

Cam Fowler-Ben Lovejoy
Hampus Lindholm-Francois Beauchemin
Luca Sbisa-Mark Fistric




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


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
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07

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