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Morning Report: Ducks Set to Face Fasth

Wednesday, 04.2.2014 / 12:13 PM PT / News
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Morning Report: Ducks Set to Face Fasth
By Kyle Shohara

There will be a familiar face in the crease tonight as the Ducks host the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center.

Viktor Fasth is scheduled to start in goal for the first time in 11 days, and the first against his former teammates since being traded to Edmonton on March 4 for a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a third-round pick in 2015.

The 31-year-old netminder spent parts of two seasons here in Anaheim after signing as a free agent in May 2012. Last season, Fasth became just the third goaltender in NHL history to win his first eight or more career decisions (also Ray Emery with Ottawa, an NHL record 9-0-0 from 2003-05 and Bob Froese with Philadelphia, 8-0-0 in January 1983). He finished the season with a 15-6-2 record, 2.18 goals-against average and .921 save percentage.

Fasth has appeared in four games with the Oilers, posting a 2-1-1 record with a 2.76 GAA and .899 SV%.

After their morning skate, the Ducks commented on what it’s going to be like facing Fasth. “It’ll be fun,” said Matt Beleskey. “It’s always fun hoping to get one past him. You also want to see the guy do good, but maybe not tonight.”

“It’s going to be fun, but I haven’t had the chance to shoot on him much,” said Mathieu Perreault, noting his arrival to the team coupled with Fasth’s injuries. “I knew him as a guy off the ice, but on the ice I didn’t know him as much. It’ll be good tonight.”

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau says it’s only natural for a player to want to ramp up his game against his former team.

“I gotta believe he’ll be a little motivated,” he said. “It’s always the case. It’s the first game back against old teammates and friends. Quite frankly, we know how good he can play when he’s on top of his game. We feel he’ll be on top of his game tonight, so we’re going to have to get a lot of shots on him to succeed.

“We’ve seen him win games by himself, so it’s definitely a challenge for us.”

It's been less than a week since the Ducks were denied a second point in a 4-3 overtime loss in Edmonton. Goalie Ben Scrivens made an eye-opening 48 saves in that game, and Andrew Ference scored the OT winner with 69 seconds remaining in the extra frame. The Ducks have won two in a row since then. Last night, the Oilers took the San Jose Sharks to the brink before succumbing late in regulation.

“It’s going to be a hard-fought game, just like the last time we played them,” said Beleskey. “They have a lot of skilled guys, so we’ll have to play good, sound defense. If you give them a chance, they’re going to score.”

Rookie goaltender Frederik Andersen will make his third consecutive start tonight. Though he gave up four unanswered goals in Anaheim’s improbable comeback victory two nights ago, Andersen allowed his teammates to come all the way back to win it in overtime. The victory was his second in as many starts.

Boudreau says it’s not so much allowing Andersen to run with the ball as it is giving Jonas Hiller a breather.

“Hilly was a little mentally tired coming back from the Olympics,” he said. “His first game back was against St. Louis, and I thought a good rest of two or three games, or even four, might be apropos for him to get his game right back to where it should be.”

With that being said, the man in net tonight brings a sparking 18-5-0 record to the table. Andersen ranks first among rookie goalies in wins (18), second in GAA (2.28) and third in SV% (.924) (min. 10 games).

Nick Bonino-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry
Patrick Maroon-Mathieu Perreault-Kyle Palmieri
Andrew Cogliano-Saku Koivu-Jakob Silfverberg
Matt Beleskey-Rickard Rakell-Teemu Selanne

Hampus Lindholm-Ben Lovejoy
Francois Beauchemin-Stephane Robidas
Bryan Allen-Luca Sbisa

The Ducks have earned points in seven straight games vs. the Oilers (6-0-1). Anaheim owns a 44-34-7 all-time record vs. Edmonton, including a 24-16-3 mark at Honda Center.




1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70


R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07

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