Practice Report: Ducks Prepare for Upcoming Second Round Showdown

Tuesday, 04.29.2014 / 1:26 PM PT / News
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Practice Report: Ducks Prepare for Upcoming Second Round Showdown
While the Ducks await their second-round opponent, the team got in a high paced practice at Honda Center on this hot and blustery afternoon.
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By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

While the Ducks await their second-round opponent, the team got in a high paced practice at Honda Center on this hot and blustery afternoon.

They’ll have at least a few more days to get in some work before the second round begins, courtesy of the LA Kings making an improbable comeback in the series they once trailed 3-0. Game 7 will be tomorrow at San Jose. Regardless of who wins, it’ll be an all-California showdown, something Andrew Cogliano is very much looking forward to.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” he said. “Both the Kings and Sharks are very good. They both have different strengths and are tough opponents. It’s going to get a lot of press, and it’ll be a lot of fun for the fans. They’re going to enjoy themselves. There will be much more bragging rights when you play teams like that.”

Never before have the Ducks and Kings met in the postseason. A Freeway Faceoff (postseason style) will surely be one of the most exciting and physical series in recent memory, considering the rivals have played 117 regular season games against each other all-time. The Ducks and Sharks have battled once in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (2009). The series marked just the second NHL playoff meeting between two California teams and the first since 1969. The Ducks eliminated the Sharks in six games, becoming the fifth team to upset the NHL’s best regular season team (by standings points) in the first round since the Expansion Era began (1967-68).

“It’s going to be an intense series that builds a lot of emotion and talk around California,” said Bryan Allen. “It’s going to be great. There’s a lot at stake. It’s going to be fun.”

Goaltender Jonas Hiller, who played a big role in Anaheim’s series-clinching comeback victory in Game 6 at Dallas, says the team will use these extra days to rest and prepare for what figures to be a long and grinding series.

“It’s nice to have these extra days to relax and take care of some bruises,” he said. “But at the same time, we have to be ready. You can’t just sit back and wait. No matter who we play, they’re going to be coming off a Game 7. If you’re not ready for the first puck drop, it might cost us.”

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Matt Beleskey
took part in the practice, but got off the ice early. Beleskey played 16:36 TOI in Game 6, but has been hampered by a nagging lower-body injury that kept him out of Games 2-5. Head coach Bruce Boudreau said Beleskey’s early departure today was just precautionary. “It wasn’t a setback,” he said. “I told them that if anybody is feeling anything, get off the ice because it’s going to be a tough skate. I didn’t want anybody pulling anything or tweaking anything that was already sore. That’s the benefit of clinching earlier than some teams.”

Boudreau says he’s hoping Mathieu Perreault will be available for Game 1 of the second round. Perreault was a late scratch for Game 6 last Sunday due to a lower-body injury. “Everything is day to day,” Boudreau said. “You have to put Beleskey, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and all of those guys day to day right now until they get back onto the ice and start skating.”

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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 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

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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
J. Wisniewski 66 8 26 -14 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
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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