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Ducks Prepare for Blues, Stretch Drive

Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 4:51 PM / News
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Ducks Prepare for Blues, Stretch Drive
Today\u2019s 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 make final preparations for tomorrow\u2019s game against the visiting St. Louis Blues.
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.”

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 46 15 35 12 50
C. Perry 32 19 12 15 31
R. Kesler 47 13 17 -2 30
S. Vatanen 47 10 19 3 29
M. Beleskey 46 17 7 12 24
C. Fowler 46 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 39 4 18 1 22
H. Lindholm 46 5 14 13 19
J. Silfverberg 47 6 12 2 18
D. Smith-Pelly 41 4 11 5 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 26 6 5 .917 2.30

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