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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
PHOTOS FROM PRACTICE
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 DAL 56 36 15 5 182 150 77
2 CHI 59 36 18 5 162 137 77
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 SJS 54 29 20 5 158 144 63
6 ANA 54 27 19 8 123 127 62
7 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
8 NSH 56 26 21 9 147 148 61
9 ARI 55 25 24 6 144 168 56
10 MIN 55 23 22 10 135 138 56
11 VAN 55 22 21 12 127 149 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 55 25 27 3 140 158 53
14 EDM 57 22 29 6 139 169 50

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 50 6 36 10 42
C. Perry 54 21 17 -4 38
R. Rakell 51 13 15 -3 28
R. Kesler 54 11 16 -7 27
S. Vatanen 54 6 20 0 26
J. Silfverberg 54 7 12 -1 19
C. Stewart 47 8 10 2 18
A. Cogliano 54 6 11 -9 17
H. Lindholm 53 6 8 -7 14
C. Fowler 41 3 11 -8 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 12 8 6 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 12 8 2 .917 2.11

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