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Ducks Prepare for High Flying Maple Leafs

Sunday, 03.09.2014 / 4:14 PM / News
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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 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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