Morning Report: Ducks Ready for 'Response' Game

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Morning Report: Ducks Ready for \'Response\' Game
After clinching a berth into the Stanley Cup playoffs last night by virtue of Chicago defeating Dallas, the Ducks can gain ground in the Pacific Division race as they take on the Calgary Flames tonight at Scotiabank Saddledome.
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

After clinching a berth into the Stanley Cup playoffs last night by virtue of Chicago defeating Dallas, the Ducks can gain ground in the Pacific Division race as they take on the Calgary Flames tonight at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Currently four points behind San Jose for the division lead, the Ducks have the luxury of three games in hand on their Northern California rivals. But they’ll have to take advantage of these next eight games, all of which come against teams out of the playoff picture.

The Ducks started off on the right foot last Sunday when they trounced the Florida Panthers, 6-2, at Honda Center. Now they face a Calgary Flames squad out of postseason contention but on the upswing. The Flames are 7-3-0 in their last 10 home games and have won three of their last four overall while outscoring the opposition 18-9 in those games.

“Calgary plays hard,” said head coach Bruce Boudreau. “I bet you all of them wish this was the start of the year because they like the team they have now. They think they’re going in the right direction.”

It was exactly two weeks ago when the Ducks came out of Calgary on the wrong end of a 7-2 blowout.

“We played our worst game of the year against this team last time,” said defenseman Ben Lovejoy. “It’s still fresh. They were better in all facets of the game. We were embarrassed by this team very recently. We need a response game."

MAROON RETURNS
The Ducks got some good news this morning, as Boudreau confirmed forward Patrick Maroon is good to go for tonight’s game. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound winger left Sunday’s game with a lower-body injury after playing a shade under nine minutes (8:50). Maroon scored his first career power-play goal and logged his first career multi-point game (1g/1a) in the victory. The St. Louis, Missouri native has earned five points (2g/3a) in his last seven games.

‘SCOREY’ PERRY
Corey Perry
's 37 goals through 71 games are tied for the most in his career (also had 37 in 71 games in 2010-11). Perry ranks third in the NHL in goals with 197 tallies since the start of 2008-09, spanning six seasons (Ovechkin, 256; Stamkos, 229; Marleau, 196). Since the start of 2010-11, Perry has scored 31 game-winning goals to lead the NHL (four more than anyone else in the league; Washington’s Ovechkin has 27). He leads the NHL in even-strength goals (30), co-leads in GWG, ranks tied for second in goals overall and tied for sixth in points. Perry, who scored his 250th career goal and became the third NHL player to 30 goals this season on February 8 at Nashville, has 23 points (12g/11a) in his last 23 games.

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

Hampus Lindholm-Ben Lovejoy
Luca Sbisa-Stephane Robidas
Bryan Allen-Sami Vatanen

Jonas Hiller was the first off the ice this morning, an indication he’ll be tonight’s starter. It’ll be a chance at redemption after giving up three goals on five shots before being pulled in Anaheim’s 7-2 loss in Calgary two weeks ago.

DUCKS-FLAMES
Anaheim and Calgary conclude a four-game season series tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Ducks are 2-1-0 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 18-7-1 against its new Pacific Division rival dating to Nov. 29, 2007. The Ducks own an all-time record of 43-34-8 vs. the Flames, including a 14-26-2 mark in Calgary. Ryan Getzlaf (3a) and Andrew Cogliano (2g/1a) share the scoring lead vs. Calgary this season, while Teemu Selanne leads in career scoring against the Flames with 82 points (39g/43a) in 76 games.

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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