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Morning Report: Getzlaf is Ready, Smith-Pelly to Make Postseason Debut

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 11:44 AM PT / News
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Morning Report: Getzlaf is Ready, Smith-Pelly to Make Postseason Debut
MORNING SKATE PHOTOS
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

If there is ever a time to take advantage of home ice, it’ll be this evening as the Ducks and Stars clash in a pivotal Game 2 at Honda Center.

The Ducks can take a 2-0 series lead with a victory tonight before heading to Dallas for Games 3 and 4 in a building that has haunted them over the years.

Expected in the lineup tonight is captain Ryan Getzlaf, two days removed from taking a puck to the face in the closing moments of Game 1. His presence will be a huge plus for the Ducks, and should provide an emotional lift for his teammates. Getzlaf and his wife, Paige, celebrated the birth of their third child, daughter Willa, born at 12:36 a.m.

“He's playing, but as you know by now, he had a baby girl last night,” said coach Bruce Boudreau. “He opted to take the morning off to get some rest, so I said yes."

Matt Beleskey, who left Wednesday’s game with a lower-body injury, will not be playing tonight, as confirmed by Boudreau. Yesterday, Beleskey said it’s an injury that’s been lingering throughout the season, and one that’ll be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.

Beleskey will be replaced by Devante Smith-Pelly, who skated alongside Corey Perry on the top line. “He was Norfolk’s best player,” said Boudreau, on Smith-Pelly’s time in the American Hockey League. “And in the three games he's played for us, he's been very good. He's been a difference maker in the last two games. He’s a big-bodied guy who’s just another power forward in the making. I think he's going to be a good player.”

Smith-Pelly will make his Stanley Cup Playoff debut tonight, and says his game plan is all about simplicity. “I just need to go up and down the wing, be physical and responsible in my own end,” he said.

Having Smith-Pelly as a viable top-line option is a testament to the team’s depth, and he says there shouldn’t be any adjustment period playing with Getzlaf and Perry.

“Guys are used to playing with different guys every other night,” he said. “I know how they play, and it’s pretty simple. Those guys make the plays, and I go to the net.”

ANDERSEN TO START?
Fresh off a Game 1 victory in his postseason debut, Frederik Andersen was first off the ice this morning.

Andersen stopped 32-of-35 shots in the win, becoming the youngest goaltender in Ducks history to appear in a postseason game at 24 years and 196 days, and the third rookie goaltender in club history to play in a playoff game (Tom Askey, 1999; Ilya Bryzgalov, 2006). In addition, the 24-year-old became the first rookie goaltender to win his playoff debut.

DUCKS-STARS GAME 1 RECAP
The Ducks opened their 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff First Round series against the Stars with a 4-3 victory before 17,294 at Honda Center. Anaheim won its second consecutive playoff series opener and improved to 11-9 in all-time Game 1s.

Ryan Getzlaf (1-1=2), Matt Beleskey (1-1=2) and Francois Beauchemin (0-2=2) co-led the team in scoring, as Getzlaf recorded his 19th career multi-point game, Beleskey posted his first career multi-point game and Beauchemin passed Rob Niedermayer for seventh in all-time playoff points as a Duck (28). Kyle Palmieri and Mathieu Perreault also scored for Anaheim, which had nine players on the scoresheet.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07
A. Khudobin 3 3 0 .909 2.70

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