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Morning Report: It's Go Time for Ducks

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 2:44 PM / News
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Morning Report: It\'s Go Time for Ducks
After a disappointing five-game homestand, the Ducks will look to get back on track in a three-game road trip that begins tonight in Calgary.
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

After a disappointing five-game homestand, the Ducks will look to get back on track during a three-game road trip that begins tonight in Calgary.

In an effort to shake his players of out a mini-slump, head coach Bruce Boudreau switched up the line combinations in practice yesterday. After getting some time on the top line during Monday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Patrick Maroon once again skated with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, while the usually untouched shutdown line of Daniel Winnik, Saku Koivu and Andrew Cogliano got split up.

Koivu skated alongside Teemu Selanne during the Tuesday afternoon practice at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Whether that carries over into tonight’s game remains to be seen, but it’s all in an effort to rejuvenate a Ducks team sporting a mediocre 4-5-2 record since a 3-0 victory over the LA Kings at Dodger Stadium on January 25.

"This is the biggest road trip of the season for sure," said forward Corey Perry. "We've talked about it. We know what our record is in the past 10-12 games. We know we're better."

Standing in their way is a Calgary Flames team that’s been scratching the finish off the Western Conference floor for the better part of the season. Currently mired in 13th place in the West, Calgary’s scoring woes have them ranked 29th in total goals scored (148), with only Buffalo (123) having scored less.

Staying healthy has also been a challenge for the Flames, who have lost 208 man games due to injury. But they can expect at least one player back in the lineup tonight, as Curtis Glencross is set to make his return after missing 29 consecutive games with an ankle injury. The veteran forward has six goals and 12 points in 21 games this season. However, Flames leading scorer Jiri Hudler (44 points), defenseman Dennis Wideman and goaltender Karri Ramo are still out, as is rookie forward Markus Granlund, who left Monday’s game against the Kings with an apparent shoulder injury.

GETTING HEALTHY
The Ducks are expected to have one of Mathieu Perreault or Luca Sbisa back in tonight’s lineup. Perreault, who’s been out with an upper-body injury for the past four games, figures to be the one, as he was centering a line with Matt Beleskey and Tim Jackman during yesterday’s practice. Sbisa left Friday’s game against the Penguins with a lower-body injury, but skated yesterday.

Fans anxious to see defenseman Stephane Robidas make his Ducks debut can look forward to next Tuesday at Honda Center against the Washington Capitals. The 37-year-old defenseman set a return date of March 14, but last week Boudreau said he wanted to avoid putting him into the lineup in either of the back-to-back games this Friday and Saturday against Colorado and Los Angeles.

BEING FIRST
In addition to being 26-4-5 when scoring the first goal, the Ducks are a league-best 17-11-2 (.567 win %) when their opponent scores first. No other NHL team owns a .500-or-better record when allowing the first goal (by win %).

EXPECTED LINE COMBINATIONS
Patrick Maroon-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano-Nick Bonino-Jakob Silfverberg
Daniel Winnik-Saku Koivu-Teemu Selanne
Kyle Palmieri-Mathieu Perreault-Tim Jackman

Cam Fowler-Ben Lovejoy*
Hampus Lindholm-Francois Beauchemin
Bryan Allen-Mark Fistric

*Lovejoy did not take part in the morning skate due to illness, and Boudreau says he’s questionable for tonight’s game.

All signs point to Jonas Hiller starting this game, as he was the first off the ice this morning.

DUCKS-FLAMES
Anaheim and Calgary continue a four-game season series Wednesday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Ducks are 2-0-0 vs. the Flames this season, including a 3-2 win on Oct. 16 and 5-2 victory on Nov. 29 at Honda Center. Anaheim is 18-6-1 against its new Pacific Division rival dating to Nov. 29, 2007. The Ducks own an all-time record of 43-33-8 against the Flames, including a 14-25-2 mark in Calgary. Following Wednesday's game, the season series will return to the Saddledome for the finale on Mar. 26.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 

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