Morning Report: Good Start on the Mind

Sunday, 04.6.2014 / 10:50 AM PT / News
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Morning Report: Good Start on the Mind
With only a handful of games remaining, the Ducks find themselves back in Edmonton, Alberta for tonight\u2019s contest against the Oilers.
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

With only a handful of games remaining, the Ducks find themselves back in Edmonton, Alberta for tonight’s contest against the Oilers.

They were here just 10 days ago, on a night when they peppered goaltender Ben Scrivens with 51 shots, only to lose 4-3 in overtime. But since then, the Ducks have gone 3-1-0 to maintain a one-point lead over the second-place Sharks for the Pacific Division lead.

After tonight’s bout with the Oilers, the Ducks head to Vancouver for the second half of back-to-backs tomorrow night. Then, they return home to face the Sharks on Wednesday in what could be a division-clinching game for Anaheim.

Slow starts have plagued the Ducks as of late, and they’ll need to fix that in a hurry against a team with nothing to lose. Anaheim needed three third-period goals to beat Edmonton at Honda Center on Wednesday night against former teammate Viktor Fasth, and fell behind 3-0 to Nashville on Sunday in a 5-2 loss. It took the largest comeback in franchise history to defeat the Winnipeg Jets, 5-4 in overtime, last Monday.

"We can't let this happen. We have to find a way," said head coach Bruce Boudreau. "Sometimes, for one reason or another, we're not getting the job done early. We're a really good team with the lead, but we just haven't had the lead lately."

Defenseman Francois Beauchemin says it’s all about staying true to the game plan. “We’ve done it before,” he said. “When we follow the game plan, everything works and we’re winning games and playing good defensively. The last three games we’ve given up too many goals and been playing catch-up hockey.”

In net tonight will be Jonas Hiller. After the morning skate, Boudreau says he’s confident Hiller will have a bounce back performance after getting pulled in Friday’s loss to Nashville.

GIBSON, SMITH-PELLY RECALLED
Earlier today the Ducks recalled goaltender John Gibson and winger Devante Smith-Pelly from Norfolk of the American Hockey League. The moves were made in response to injuries to goaltender Frederik Andersen (upper body, did not travel with the team) and Tim Jackman (broken hand).

Gibson, 20 (7/14/93), appeared in 45 games with Norfolk this season, posting a 21-17-4 record with a 2.34 goals-against average (GAA), .919 save percentage (SV%) and five shutouts. At the time of his recall, Gibson ranked third among AHL goalies in GAA, seventh in SV%, second in shutouts, sixth in saves. Among rookie goalies, he led in GAA, tied for first in shutouts, second in SV% and saves (1141), and ranked fifth in wins. The 6-3, 210-pound netminder has yet to appear in an NHL game.

Smith-Pelly, 21 (6/14/92), appeared in 16 contests earlier this season with Anaheim, scoring 1-7=8 points with a +5 rating and two penalty minutes (PIM). In 43 games with Norfolk this season, he has scored 27-16=43 points with 29 PIM. The Scarborough, Ontario native set career highs in goals and points, and leads the Admirals in goals.

FOWLER SKATES
Cam Fowler
is getting closer to a return to the lineup. The Ducks defenseman skated this morning in Edmonton and hopes to get in a game (or two) before the postseason begins. Fowler is recovering from a sprained MCL on March 14 at Colorado.

DUCKS-OILERS
Anaheim and Edmonton meet for the third time in 10 days Sunday night at Rexall Place. The Ducks have earned points in eight straight games vs. the Oilers (7-0-1), most recently in a 3-2 win on April 2 at Honda Center. Anaheim owns a 45-34-7 all-time record vs. Edmonton, including a 20-18-4 mark in Alberta's capital city. The Ducks have also earned points in 12 straight games at Rexall Place, going 11-0-1 since Dec. 27, 2007.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60

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