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 y - ANA 79 50 22 7 232 217 107
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 77 45 27 5 224 208 95
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 77 39 26 12 217 204 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 SJS 77 38 30 9 217 216 85
11 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
12 COL 77 35 30 12 207 218 82
13 EDM 77 23 41 13 186 260 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 76 24 44 14 68
C. Perry 64 33 20 16 53
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
J. Silfverberg 78 12 26 14 38
S. Vatanen 64 12 25 6 37
P. Maroon 70 9 25 -4 34
C. Fowler 77 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 75 7 27 27 34
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
R. Rakell 68 8 22 8 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 34 11 5 .914 2.37
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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