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Ducks Prepare for High Flying Maple Leafs

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Ducks Prepare for High Flying Maple Leafs
The Ducks gathered at Honda Center on Sunday for practice in preparation for tomorrow\u2019s homestand finale against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Returning to practice 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.
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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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 61 20 41 12 61
C. Perry 49 27 18 15 45
R. Kesler 64 16 23 -2 39
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 56 7 21 -4 28
H. Lindholm 61 6 22 18 28
J. Silfverberg 63 9 18 8 27
C. Fowler 63 5 21 -1 26
R. Rakell 53 5 19 4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 8 5 0 .920 2.51

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