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

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 2:44 PM / News
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Morning Report: Getzlaf is Ready, Smith-Pelly to Make Postseason Debut
If there is ever a time to take advantage of home ice, it\u2019ll 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.
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 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 66 41 18 7 196 162 89
3 STL 64 40 19 5 198 162 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 MIN 64 35 22 7 181 164 77
6 VAN 64 36 24 4 184 176 76
7 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
8 CGY 64 35 25 4 182 165 74
9 LAK 64 31 21 12 175 167 74
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 65 29 26 10 203 215 68
12 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
13 ARI 65 21 37 7 142 220 49
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 63 20 41 13 61
C. Perry 51 27 18 15 45
R. Kesler 66 17 24 1 41
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
J. Silfverberg 65 10 20 11 30
H. Lindholm 63 6 23 20 29
P. Maroon 58 7 21 -4 28
C. Fowler 65 6 22 3 28
R. Rakell 55 6 19 5 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 30 8 5 .917 2.34
J. Gibson 9 5 0 .924 2.41

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