Morning Report: Etem In, Andersen to Start Game 4

Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 10:44 AM PT / News
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Morning Report: Etem In, Andersen to Start Game 4
The Ducks have an opportunity tonight in Dallas to put a stranglehold on this best-of-seven series in which they currently lead, 2 games to 1. With their loss in Game 3 two nights ago, a guaranteed Game 5 will be played at Honda Center on Friday night, and the Ducks would love to be in the position to eliminate the Stars on home ice.
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By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks have an opportunity tonight in Dallas to put a stranglehold on this best-of-seven series in which they currently lead, 2 games to 1. With their loss in Game 3 two nights ago, a guaranteed Game 5 will be played at Honda Center on Friday night, and the Ducks would love to be in the position to eliminate the Stars on home ice.

The road to destiny got a little steeper, as veteran defenseman Stephane Robidas will miss the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs due to a fractured right leg early in the second period of Game 3. It was heartbreaking on many levels, considering Robidas was almost five months removed from a fracture of the same leg while still a member of the Stars. But as unfortunate as Robidas’ injury is, the Ducks have proven all season long they can succeed in the face of adversity.

“We’ve been battling with key injuries throughout the season, but we’ve shown a lot of times that we’re a real good organization with a lot of depth,” said forward Jakob Silfverberg. “I’m not too worried about that. We’ve got some guys coming in and they’re going to step up, for sure.”

Ducks fans can expect Frederik Andersen in net tonight for the fourth consecutive game. Through the first three games of the series, Andersen sports a 2.67 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.

Emerson Etem will make his first appearance in these playoffs, replacing Teemu Selanne in the lineup. Etem, 21, has appeared in 29 games with Anaheim this season, earning 11 points (7g/4a) with a plus-3 rating and four penalty minutes (PIM). He played 50 contests with the Admirals (AHL) in 2013-14, scoring 54 points (24g/30a) with a +14 rating and 10 PIM. In seven career NHL postseason contests (all last season), Etem has five points (3g/2a) and a plus-4 rating.

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
Though the Ducks pelted Kari Lehtonen with 37 shots in Game 3, the Stars netminder was able to see most of them with relative ease. Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf says one of the areas of improvement needs to be the amount of traffic in front of Lehtonen.

“We need to up the level of our game,” he said. “We need to compete a little bit harder, get to the net a little bit harder and create some stuff around their crease so their goalie isn’t so comfortable. That involves getting in there, screening, getting second shots and those types of things.”

“He’s good, but we’ve beaten him in certain areas,” said Andrew Cogliano. “We have a good idea of where we need to score on him, but if you’re going to keep shooting pucks along the ice or into his stomach, he’s a good goalie. He’s confident in this building, and we have to get to him early.”

The Ducks will also have to improve their power play, which went 0-for-5 in Game 3. Overall, the PP unit has only converted twice in 13 opportunities (15.4%), and both of those goals came in Game 1. “Our power play has to get better,” said Boudreau. “Their [penalty kill] is good. They’re aggressive. But you don’t win without a good power play.”

WATCH PARTIES
For those interested in watching tonight’s game with fellow Ducks fans, you have two options. Head to Hooters of Anaheim (2438 E. Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806) or Hooters of Costa Mesa (1507 S. Coast Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626 ) for an Official Ducks Watch Party. Enjoy great food and drinks, intermission trivia and the opportunity to win player autographed items.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 77 45 27 5 224 208 95
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 77 39 26 12 217 204 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
R. Rakell 67 8 22 8 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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