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Morning Report: Hiller Back in Net vs. Predators

Friday, 04.4.2014 / 12:30 PM PT / News
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Morning Report: Hiller Back in Net vs. Predators
By Kyle Shohara

The regular season is quickly winding down, as tonight marks game No. 77 for the Ducks. After tonight’s bout with the Nashville Predators, there will only be five remaining until the real fun begins.

But before the focus can turn to the playoffs, the Ducks must take care of business here at Honda Center against a Predators team that hasn’t played since Sunday. Slow starts have plagued the Ducks as of late, but the team has managed to go 5-0-1 over their past six games. Anaheim sits a point ahead of the Sharks in the Pacific Division race, and three away from the Western Conference- and NHL-leading Blues.

The Ducks enter tonight’s game one victory shy of matching the club record for home wins in a single season (28 wins in 2007-08). Overall, the Ducks have gone 27-7-4 through 38 games at Honda Center this season.

“We want to be good everywhere,” said defenseman Ben Lovejoy. “But right now, we’re going to be one of the top seeds, and that means home ice advantage. All year, we’ve wanted to send a message that Honda Center is going to a tough place to win a regular season game, and hopefully an even tougher place to play a playoff game.”

The offseason will begin a little sooner than the Predators had envisioned, as the team will miss the postseason for the second consecutive season. But regardless of where they sit in the standings (last place in the Central Division), Predators coach Barry Trotz will make sure his troops bring the same energy and effort night in and night out.

“This is a hard-working, good defensive team,” said Lovejoy. “They’ve got some real studs back on defense, and some of the best goaltending in the league. It’s a team that works every night. We have to be ready from the start.”

One of those “studs” on the backend is captain Shea Weber, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time NHL All Star. Boasting one of the most intimidating slap shots in the league, Weber leads the team in goals (21), assists (29) and points (50).

“He’s so big and so good defensively,” said Lovejoy. “He has that shot that makes want to push guys out of the way so Jonas [Hiller] can handle it tonight. It takes some real toughness to stand there when he’s shooting.”

“With four days off, I expect them to be really hungry and aggressive,” said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. “They’ve only lost one out of their last five. They’re playing a lot better, and more indicative of the team they are now that they have Pekka Rinne back.

“We told our guys if you think it’s going to be easy, you’re in for a big mistake. We’ve always known them as one of the hardest-working teams in the league.”

Jonas Hiller
will get his first start since March 28 in Edmonton. Backup netminder Frederik Andersen has started the past three games, and Boudreau said the reasoning was more about giving Hiller a breather.

Hiller ranks tied for 11th in the NHL in wins (29) and tied for third in shutouts (5), and also leads the team in saves (1,191) and appearances (48). Hiller has a 2.01 GAA and a .927 SV% (16-5-4, one ND) with four shutouts at Honda Center this season.

“He just needed a mental rest,” said Boudreau. “He’s been very sharp in practice the last two days, and we’re expecting a big game from him tonight.”

Nick Bonino-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry
Patrick Maroon-Mathieu Perreault-Kyle Palmieri
Andrew Cogliano-Saku Koivu-Teemu Selanne
Daniel Winnik-Rickard Rakell-Tim Jackman

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

Anaheim hosts Nashville for the first time since Feb. 16, 2013 as the two clubs conclude a three-game season series. The Ducks are 32-18-7 vs. the Predators, including a 20-5-3 record in Orange County. Anaheim has won five straight over Nashville to match its all-time best (also March 5, 1999 - April 7, 2000). The Ducks earned a 4-3 victory in the series opener on January 9 in Nashville, keyed by Teemu Selanne’s 109th career game-winning goal to match Brendan Shanahan for fifth on the all-time GWG list. On February 8, Anaheim went into its 10-day Olympic break with a 5-2 victory in Nashville. Ryan Getzlaf led all skaters with three points (2g/1a).




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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