Morning Report: Andersen to Make Postseason Debut

Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 2:50 PM / News
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Morning Report: Andersen to Make Postseason Debut
Surrounded by a sea of orange towels lining every seat inside Honda Center, the Ducks took to the ice in preparation for Game 1 of the first round vs. Dallas. Goaltender Frederik Andersen will get the start tonight, and the calm, cool and collected rookie says nerves aren\u2019t really a factor.
MORNING SKATE PHOTOS
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

Surrounded by a sea of orange towels lining every seat inside Honda Center, the Ducks took to the ice in preparation for Game 1 of the first round vs. Dallas.

Goaltender Frederik Andersen will get the start tonight, and the calm, cool and collected rookie says nerves aren’t really a factor.

“It’s just a matter of getting ready and enjoying the moment,” he said. “I’m not really nervous because I know how I’m capable of playing.”

Andersen started the season in Norfolk of the American Hockey League, but injuries to former Ducks goaltender Viktor Fasth, coupled with his own stellar play, kept him with the Ducks for the majority of the season.

“It’s going to be something you remember,” he said of his postseason debut. “It’s what you work for all summer and all year. You take it one step at a time, and finally you get to start in the playoffs. You start your journey toward something special.”

Head coach Bruce Boudreau had to choose from three goaltenders [including Jonas Hiller and rookie John Gibson], and ultimately called upon Andersen.

“We’ve had three good goalies, but right now Andersen gives us the best chance to win,” he said. “It doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be starting Game 2 [Friday], but he’ll be starting Game 1.”

Andersen brings a stellar regular season record into his first venture in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 24-year-old from Herning, Denmark posted a 20-5-0 record with a 2.29 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in 28 games. Among NHL goaltenders, Andersen ranked tied for 10th in GAA and tied for eighth in SV%. Andersen also led rookie netminders in wins, GAA and SV%.

Mathieu Perreault will be making his Ducks playoff debut tonight, and the 26-year-old says he can’t wait to see the fans “paint it orange.”

“I know it’s going to be awesome seeing everybody waving the towels,” he said. “The crowd is going to be awesome.”

This will be Perreault’s third postseason, having advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs the last two consecutive seasons with the Washington Capitals. Perreault played in all seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinal games against the New York Rangers in 2013, co-leading the team in scoring (1g/3a), assists and plus/minus (+3).

POSTSEASON HISTORY
The 2014 postseason marks Anaheim’s 10th overall appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (1997, 1999, 2003, 2006-09, 2011, 2013-14). In those nine previous appearances, the Ducks have compiled an all-time playoff record of 58-44 (.569 win percentage), including a 34-20 mark at home (.630 win percentage) and a road record of 24-27. The club has appeared in 19 playoff series (11-8 in those series), including two Stanley Cup Final appearances (2003, 2007) and one Stanley Cup championship (2007).

DUCKS-STARS
The Ducks and Stars meet for the third time in the Stanley Cup Playoffs beginning tonight at Honda Center (previously 2003 and 2008). Both teams have earned a 4-2 series win, Anaheim in 2003 and Dallas in 2008. All-time, the Ducks are 3-3 at home and 3-3 on the road against the Stars.

Teemu Selanne leads Anaheim skaters in career playoff scoring vs. Dallas, collecting six points (2g/4a) in 11 career games. Only three other skaters have faced the Stars in the postseason, including Francois Beauchemin (six games), Ryan Getzlaf (2g/3a in six games) and Corey Perry (2g/1a in three games). There are a total of seven players remaining from the 2008 series participating in this current series, six of whom still or now play for the Ducks. Those Anaheim players include Selanne, Beauchemin, Getzlaf, Perry, Stephane Robidas (then with Dallas) and Mark Fistric (then with Dallas). Trevor Daley is the lone Stars player remaining from their 2008 playoff roster.

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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