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Practice Report: Updates on Getzlaf, Beleskey and More

Thursday, 04.24.2014 / 1:57 PM PT / News
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Practice Report: Updates on Getzlaf, Beleskey and More
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

What was originally scheduled on the calendar as a practice turned into a video session and maintenance day this afternoon at Honda Center.

The Ducks traveled from Dallas late last night, and head coach Bruce Boudreau said it was time to give the guys a break from on-ice work.

“We haven’t been off the ice at all since the playoffs started, and before,” he said. “We’ve had one day off in two weeks. We had 42 hits last night. Sometimes your body is a little sorer when you wake up the next morning. You get a good massage or hot tub, and then get out the kinks with a bike ride. There’s no need to go out on the ice.”

Regarding Ryan Getzlaf’s availability for tomorrow’s Game 5, Boudreau would only say “it’s up in the air” at the moment. Getzlaf missed yesterday’s game with an upper-body injury.

“He’s hoping to play, but that doesn’t guarantee that he’s going to play,” Boudreau said. “It’s a day-to-day thing.”

His presence was missed last night, especially on the power play, where the Ducks failed to convert on three opportunities. Getzlaf spoke with media today and said missing a postseason game was something he's never experienced before.

“I don’t think I’ve ever missed a playoff game in my career,” he said. “That was a tough thing to watch the other night and not be a part of.”

Read more of what Getzlaf had to say on his status for Game 5.

GAME 5 STARTER
Jonas Hiller
saw 10 minutes of action last night coming on in relief of Frederik Andersen in the team’s 4-2 loss at Dallas. As of right now, tomorrow’s starter remains a mystery, but Boudreau said it was a benefit for Hiller to see postseason playing time.

“It was important he played,” said Boudreau. “Whether he’s going to start tomorrow, it was important that he’s already seen playoff ice, and not coming in blind.”

Hiller faced one shot in 10:34 last night. “It was nice to be out there again and seeing some game action,” he said. “I felt pretty good. There weren’t too many shots or anything, but in the end, it was nice being in net again.

“All I can do is what I’ve done the last two weeks, and that’s being ready if I get the call. We’ll go from there.”

BELESKEY UPDATE
Matt Beleskey
’s lower-body injury has kept him out of the lineup since his multi-point performance in Game 1 of this series. There is optimism that the gritty winger will dress for Game 6 on Sunday at American Airlines Center.

“He’s getting better,” said Boudreau. “I’d venture to guess he’s not probable tomorrow, but we’re looking at Sunday for him being able to play.”

Boudreau says Beleskey matched up well with Dallas’ skill and speed. “He’s a physical player who can play. The one thing that Dallas has is a lot of guys who can skate, and Matty can skate. It’s a big blow to us. Then again, every team has the same sort of issue, so who are we to cry worse than somebody else.”

SELANNE ON NOT PLAYING GAME 4
Teemu Selanne was a healthy scratch for last night’s Game 4, and expressed his disappointment yesterday afternoon after he found out from coach Bruce Boudreau. A day later, he was ready to move on from it.

“It’s over. I don’t even want to talk about the whole thing,” Selanne said. “I told Bruce it’s a new day, the series starts now. There are no hard feelings.

“It’s playoff time, and I don’t even want to think of any negative energy. Tomorrow is a big day, and we go from there.”


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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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