Ducks Get Back to Basics in Afternoon Practice

Wednesday, 03.19.2014 / 1:21 PM PT / News
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Ducks Get Back to Basics in Afternoon Practice
The Ducks gathered for an afternoon practice at The RINKS \u2013 Anaheim ICE, but the emphasis of the hour-long session wasn\u2019t on the struggling special teams. Today was about getting back to basics and, at least for one day, forgetting about a woeful power play that\u2019s only converted twice in 48 opportunities spanning the past 15 games.
PHOTOS FROM PRACTICE
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks gathered for an afternoon practice at The RINKS – Anaheim ICE, but the emphasis of the hour-long session wasn’t on the struggling special teams. Today was about getting back to basics and, at least for one day, forgetting about a woeful power play that’s only converted twice in 48 opportunities spanning the past 15 games.

“We didn’t talk about it. We took a day off today,” said Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf. “You can beat that thing to death and look at video all you want, but the fact is last night we did a lot of good things on the power play. We took a lot of shots and that’s what we were looking to do last night.”

“Sometimes, when you think about it too much, you just squeeze your sticks and don’t make the right plays,” said defenseman Francois Beauchemin. “Just to get away from it today and go back at it tomorrow, we’ll have some success.

“Our five-on-five play was excellent last night, as it was against L.A. and Colorado,” he said. “It’s just the special teams right now. We have to work on that and get back to basics.”

Despite recent struggles, the Ducks lead the Pacific Division with 97 points and have an opportunity to gain a two-point lead on the Sharks tomorrow night at the SAP Center. San Jose also has 97 points, but has played one more game than the Ducks.

It’ll be a playoff-type atmosphere inside one of the loudest buildings in the league, and the Ducks know it’ll be a grinding, physical battle.

“This is playoff hockey for sure,” said Getzlaf. “We’re going into a hostile building fighting for first place. We just have to make sure we go in with controlled emotion going into the first period, and then we’ll go from there.”

FOWLER OUT
An MRI revealed defenseman Cam Fowler has a sprained left MCL and is out three to five weeks (left leg).  Fowler missed his second consecutive game last night with the injury sustained last Friday against the Colorado Avalanche.

BONINO ‘QUESTIONABLE’ FOR TOMORROW
Nick Bonino’s status remains uncertain after the Ducks center was left hobbling after blocking a shot with his foot during the latter stages of last night’s game. Head coach Bruce Boudreau says Bonino is “day to day” with a lower-body injury.

“Once the soreness subsides, I assume he’ll be able to skate,” said Boudreau. “And once he’s able to skate, he’s going to be able to play.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 192 103
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 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
J. Wisniewski 66 8 26 -14 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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