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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 - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56


R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60

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