• PRINT
  • RSS

Morning Report: Staying True to the System

Saturday, 02.1.2014 / 12:14 PM PT / News
X
Share with your Friends


Morning Report: Staying True to the System
PHOTOS FROM THE MORNING SKATE
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

For only the second time this season, the Ducks took to the ice for a pregame skate at Honda Center on a Saturday morning. Tonight marks the final Saturday home game for the Ducks, who are in the midst of a five-game homestand that brings the Dallas Stars to Anaheim (7 p.m. PT, Fox Sports West, AM 830).

But they’ll be without the services of Nick Bonino, who left Thursday’s game with an upper-body injury after getting hit by Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo.

“Right now, it’s day-to-day,” head coach Bruce Boudreau said of Bonino’s status. “If it gets to that point where it’s iffy, then we’ll shut him down because he’ll have three weeks to get better.”

Because of his injury, the Ducks recalled David Steckel earlier today from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.

The 6-foor-6 center was on the ice this morning and is expected to be in tonight’s lineup.

“Just like last time, I’m going to come up and try to contribute as much as I can,” he said. “I’m out there to forecheck, create chances off the forecheck and be responsible in my own end. If I get the opportunity for any other spot, I’ll take a hold of it.”

Steckel will also be relied upon to win faceoffs, and in four games with the Ducks this year, he’s gone 21-of-36 (58.3%). At the time of his recall, Steckel had 15 points (5g/10a) in 36 AHL contests with Iowa and Norfolk.

STAYING TRUE TO THE SYSTEM
After Thursday’s physical battle against the Flyers, the Ducks will now face a Stars team that’s known for its speed and high-powered offense. Each team has scored nine goals against each other in the first two games of the series (both 6-3 scores), and the Ducks were guilty of giving up three in a 53-second span in their loss at Dallas on Nov. 26. Defenseman Cam Fowler says it’ll take a big effort to neutralize the big guns on Dallas tonight.

“They have a lot of good skill and they do things the right way,” he said. “If we want to get into a run-and-gun game with them, it’s going to be beneficial for them. We need to stick to our structure and play 60 minutes as a team.”

Fellow defenseman Mark Fistric knows Dallas well, having played there for five seasons after being drafted by the Stars in the first round (28th overall) in the 2004 NHL Draft. He was teammates with Jamie Benn, who now captains the Stars and will represent Canada at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Fistric says the 24-year-old Benn has all the qualities of being a leader.

“I think Jamie Benn is one of the best all-around players in the National Hockey League,” he said. “He’s really big, really skilled, and he’s got speed. He cares so much, and I think that’s what makes him so successful. He wants to win and he wants to be that guy who helps his team win.

“That’s why he’s the captain of the team. That’s what they’re building around. What better guy to have than Jamie Benn on your team.”

For the Ducks, Fistric says it’s all about sticking to their game plan.

“It doesn’t matter if a team is skilled and fast, or big and heavy,” he said. “We need to play hard and make sure we’re taking care of our own end, getting pucks deep, and using our size. We need to play our game, and that’s when we have success.”

Boudreau says the emergence of several fourth-line players has been a big advantage for the Stars.

“I know their personnel pretty well,” he said. “They’re four-lines deep that can skate. You better be able to not get into a run-and-gun game with them. Their defense is very mobile. When [Kari] Lehtonen is on, they’re as good as any team.

“We worry about them. We know it’s going to be a tough game. The biggest difference is [Ryan] Garbutt and [Antoine] Roussel, who are basically fourth-line guys, are now playing extremely well. That’s a big advantage for them.”

DUCKS-STARS
Anaheim and Dallas conclude a three-game season series tonight at Honda Center. The Ducks and Stars have traded 6-3 wins in the first two games, including Oct. 20 at Honda Center (Anaheim win) and Nov. 26 at American Airlines Center (Dallas win). These two teams were Pacific Division opponents for 15 seasons prior to the start of the 2013-14 campaign when the Stars moved to the Central Division. All-time, Anaheim is 39-59-11 vs. Dallas, including a 36-56-11 mark at Honda Center. Teemu Selanne has appeared in 100 career contests vs. the Stars, earning 41-45=86 points.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07
A. Khudobin 3 3 0 .909 2.70

AnaheimDucks.com is the official Web site of the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim Ducks and AnaheimDucks.com are trademarks of Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2016 Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

Privacy Policy     Contact Us    Jobs     Honda Center    Corporate Partnerships   Terms of Use   NHL TicketExchange  Site Map AdChoices