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Ducks Prepare for High Flying Maple Leafs

Sunday, 03.9.2014 / 1:14 PM PT / News
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By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks gathered at Honda Center on Sunday for practice in preparation for tomorrow’s homestand finale against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Returning to the ice today was center Mathieu Perreault, who has missed the past three games with an upper-body injury. Perreault and Rickard Rakell took turns centering a line with Patrick Maroon and Teemu Selanne.

“He’s progressing a lot quicker than we thought he would,” said Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau of Perreault. “I think sometime this week he’ll be playing.”

Not on the ice was defenseman Luca Sbisa, who left Friday’s game against the Penguins with a lower-body injury and didn’t return. Boudreau says Sbisa’s “close” to returning, but a timeframe for his comeback remains to be seen.

“Thank goodness Luca isn’t as hurt as we thought he was,” Boudreau said, adding that he expects Sbisa to join the team on the three-game road trip beginning Wednesday in Calgary.

ROBIDAS UPDATE
If defenseman Stephane Robidas’ recovery schedule goes according to plan, Ducks fans can expect to see him in the lineup sometime next week. But Boudreau says he doesn’t want to rush the 37-year-old back into the lineup, especially with back-to-backs against the Avalanche and LA Kings on Friday and Saturday. Boudreau says playing him on Tuesday, March 18 against the Washington Capitals is more likely.

“We talked about it this morning,” he said. “It might not be fair to him to throw him in the back-to-backs with the rest of the team.”

Who he’ll eventually be paired up has been on Boudreau’s mind for some time.

“I’ve done a lot of thinking about that,” he said. “Wherever it is, we’re getting a good right-handed guy in the lineup who has years of experience. He’ll play really well for us.”

PREPARING FOR MAPLE LEAFS
The Toronto Maple Leafs come to Honda Center on a two-game winning streak and is 6-2-2 over their past 10 games. Currently fourth in the Eastern Conference, the Maple Leafs embark on a three-game California trip that also includes games on Tuesday at San Jose and Thursday at LA.

Tomorrow will also mark the return of Randy Carlyle, the former Ducks coach who led them to a Stanley Cup in 2007, and whom Boudreau replaced in November 2011.

Boudreau says he expects the Maple Leafs to come out flying tomorrow night.

“Toronto is a great team,” he said. “They have the highest scoring line in the league, and they can skate. And, it’s Randy’s first trip back. They’re going to be all pumped up. It should be an exciting game, and it should be a really tough game.”

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60

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