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Ducks Prepare for Blues, Stretch Drive

Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 1:51 PM PT / News
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Ducks Prepare for Blues, Stretch Drive
PHOTOS FROM PRACTICE
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

Today’s practice at Honda Center marked the return of three Olympic medalists. Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne skated with the team for the first time since returning from Sochi, as the Ducks made final preparations for tomorrow’s game against the visiting St. Louis Blues.

Their return brought a sense of normalcy back to practice, along with positive vibes and levity.

“It’s good to have everyone back,” said Patrick Maroon. “The atmosphere in the locker room is a lot louder, but it’s always good to have your key guys back here. We had a really good skate with a lot of laughs today.”

The Blues are known for their bruising style of play, and that’s just fine for rugged defenseman Mark Fistric.

“It’s going to be a playoff kind of game,” he said. “They play hard and heavy, and it’s going to be a great test for us. I can’t think of a better way to start off the last stretch.”

With 22 games remaining in the regular season, the Ducks will look to prevent what happened during the stretch run last year, when they stumbled into the postseason with an 8-8-4 record in their final 20 contests. The Ducks went on to lose a heartbreaking seven-game series against the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference quarterfinals.

“We want to be the best team,” Maroon said. “We want to be at the top all year. That’s what we’ve been harping on all year.”

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau is well aware of what happened at the end of last season, and says right now is an opportunity for the team to grow as one.

“If we say we’re preparing for bigger things, then that means this isn’t as important as what’s coming up next,” he said. “And this is really important. We have to grow as a team from now until the end of the year.

“We want to get better. We don’t want to stay status quo, because every other team is going to get better. If you stay status quo come playoff time, teams are going to pass you by.”

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 52 21 17 -3 38
R. Getzlaf 48 5 33 9 38
R. Rakell 49 13 15 -2 28
R. Kesler 52 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 52 6 19 -1 25
C. Stewart 46 8 9 2 17
J. Silfverberg 52 6 11 -2 17
A. Cogliano 52 6 11 -9 17
H. Lindholm 51 6 8 -5 14
C. Fowler 39 3 9 -11 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 11 8 5 .920 2.27
J. Gibson 12 8 2 .917 2.13

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