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Morning Report: Andersen to Make Postseason Debut

Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 11:50 AM PT / News
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Morning Report: Andersen to Make Postseason Debut
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 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 53 21 20 12 123 143 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 52 21 17 -3 38
R. Getzlaf 48 5 33 9 38
R. Rakell 49 13 15 -2 28
R. Kesler 52 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 52 6 19 -1 25
C. Stewart 46 8 9 2 17
J. Silfverberg 52 6 11 -2 17
A. Cogliano 52 6 11 -9 17
H. Lindholm 51 6 8 -5 14
C. Fowler 39 3 9 -11 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 11 8 5 .920 2.27
J. Gibson 12 8 2 .917 2.13

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