Morning Report: Robidas to Make Ducks Debut

Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 3:38 PM / News
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Morning Report: Robidas to Make Ducks Debut
After four months of rehab and countless hours of practice time, Stephane Robidas returns to game action tonight against the Washington Capitals at Honda Center. Tonight will mark his Ducks debut after being acquired from the Dallas Stars exactly two weeks ago.
PHOTOS FROM THE MORNING SKATE
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

After four months of rehab and countless hours of practice time, Stephane Robidas returns to game action tonight against the Washington Capitals at Honda Center. Tonight will mark his Ducks debut after being acquired from the Dallas Stars exactly two weeks ago.

The 37-year-old veteran hasn’t played since a leg injury on November 29, in which he broke his tibia and fibula. Rods and screws were needed to repair the break.

The easy-going native of Sherbrooke, Quebec skated alongside Bryan Allen this morning, and says he’s feeling a mix of excitement and nervousness.

“I feel great,” he said. “I’m a little nervous, but excited at the same time. I need to keep everything simple. It’s a new team for me, and it’s the first time [playing] in a while.”

Now in his 13th NHL season, Robidas has earned 246 points (55g/191a) with a +5 rating and 671 penalty minutes in 871 career NHL games with Montreal, Dallas and Chicago. A 2009 NHL All-Star, Robidas set career highs in goals (10), assists (31), points (41) while appearing in all 82 games for the second time in his career in 2009-10. Robidas also brings plenty of postseason experience, appearing in 44 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, earning 15 points (3g/12a) with 42 penalty minutes.

“There are a lot of things going on for me tonight, but I’m very excited,” he said. “I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time.”

His minutes will be monitored tonight, but head coach Bruce Boudreau says it’s ultimately up to Robidas to gauge how much he plays.

“We’ll see how he goes,” Boudreau said. “His play is going to indicate how much he plays the first game. We don’t want to kill him, but he seems to be in pretty good shape. If he’s ready to play, we’d like him to be a regular.”

FOWLER UPDATE
Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler underwent an MRI earlier today for a lower-body injury sustained during Friday’s game at Pepsi Center. Fowler was hit along the boards by Avalanche forward Patrick Bordeleau, forcing him out of the game. Fowler had played in every game of the season up to that point, but will miss his second consecutive contest tonight.

Boudreau says he’ll know more about the severity of the injury later today, but remarked that Fowler is “feeling better every day.”

PENNER RETURNS
It was also two weeks ago when the Ducks traded forward Dustin Penner to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a fourth-round pick; the pick used to acquire Robidas from the Stars.

It’s been a tough go for Penner, who only has one point (assist) in seven games with the Capitals.

With that being said, the trade allowed other players, like Teemu Selanne, Patrick Maroon and Jakob Silfverberg, to fill his spot on the left wing alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

“When we moved [Penner], it was an opportunity for other guys,” said Getzlaf. “Other guys had to step up in those roles. It’s been an opportunity for other guys to step up and play some more minutes, play those roles. That’s what it was all about.”

FAMILIARITY FACTOR
Three former Capitals will be facing their old team for the second time this season.

Boudreau served as head coach of the Caps for four seasons (2007-11). During that time, he won the 2007-08 Jack Adams award and led the team to the 2009-10 Presidents’ Trophy. He compiled a 201-88-40 record (.672) and won the Southeast Division four times.

“I’m interested in the game,” said Boudreau, with a laugh. “I know a lot of the players there, so it was fun seeing them in Washington. Hopefully, it’s the same feeling tonight.”

Ducks assistant coach Bob Woods spent parts of three seasons (2009-11) alongside Boudreau as an assistant coach for the Capitals. Prior to his time in D.C., Woods was the head coach of the Hershey Bears (2007-09), Washington’s affiliate in the American Hockey League.

Ducks center Mathieu Perreault was also a former member of the Capitals. Selected by Washington in the sixth round (177th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft, Perreault made his NHL debut in 2009-10 under Boudreau. Perreault was acquired from the Caps on September 29 for left wing John Mitchell and a fourth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft.

“It’s always special to play against them,” said Perreault. “It probably always will be. But, at the end of the day, it’s another game we have to win.”

DUCKS-CAPITALS
Anaheim and Washington conclude a two-game season series tonight at Honda Center. The Ducks earned a 3-2 win in their initial meeting on December 23 at Verizon Center as Hampus Lindholm (1g/1a), Andrew Cogliano (1g/1a) and Saku Koivu (1g/1a) each recorded multi-point games. All-time, Anaheim owns a 14-9-3 record vs. Washington. Teemu Selanne leads the team with 39 career points (21g/18a) in 24 games against the Capitals.

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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