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Morning Report: Lineup Changes Expected for Game 4

Saturday, 05.10.2014 / 11:55 AM PT / News
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Morning Report: Lineup Changes Expected for Game 4
By Kyle Shohara

LOS ANGELES – The Ducks were able to take care of business in a must-win Game 3 two nights ago, and they’ll look to do the same tonight in a pivotal Game 4 at Staples Center.

Daniel Winnik will draw into the lineup for the first time in this series, partly because of a lower-body injury that’s still bothering Matt Beleskey. Winnik admits it’s been tough being a healthy scratch the past three games, but says he’s still been able to come to the rink with a smile on his face. “You have to stay positive,” he said. “We’re still in the playoffs, we’re still in a season. That’s the most important thing.”

Winnik says being out of the lineup for an extended period of time can ramp up the adrenaline, so staying relaxed throughout the day will help temper those nerves. “It’s about preparation,” he said. “Just try to breathe, relax and not be uptight. That’s the biggest thing. I’ve been in this situation before where you haven’t played in a while. You get tight with the puck and chip it more than you should.”

Earlier today, head coach Bruce Boudreau confirmed that Beleskey will not play tonight. The 25-year-old suffered a lower-body injury in Game 3 and was scheduled to undergo tests on the injury.

Goaltender Frederik Andersen also didn’t skate this morning. On Andersen’s status, Boudreau said “He's not skating today, so that's an indicator he's not ready to play."

Ducks center Mathieu Perreault will be a game-time decision tonight, though he did take part in the morning skate. “I won’t go out there if I don’t feel I can help the team,” he said. “I’ll be a game-time decision.” Perreault said he’s not sure if he’ll take pregame warm ups. “I’ll talk with the trainers and figure it out.”

Rookie goaltender John Gibson is in the house after being recalled from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League. The 20-year-old made his NHL debut with Anaheim in 2013-14, posting a 3-0-0 record with a 1.33 goals-against average (GAA) and .954 save percentage (SV%) in three games.

He became the youngest NHL goalie (20 years, 297 days) since Buffalo's Darren Puppa (Nov. 1, 1985 @ Edmonton; 20 years, 223 days) to record a shutout in his NHL debut after stopping all 18 shots for a 3-0 win on April 7 at Vancouver. Gibson was also the first goalie to record a shutout in his NHL debut at any age since Al Montoya of the Phoenix Coyotes (April 1, 2009 at Colorado) and the first in franchise history to record a shutout in his Anaheim debut. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for April 7-13 after making his first three career NHL starts.

Adversity seems to bring out the best in the Ducks, who have proven throughout the season that deficits, losing streaks and injuries only serve as additional motivation to reach the next level. The Ducks posted 26 comeback wins in 2013-14, the most in the NHL since 2005-06 (Detroit and Nashville, 26). In addition, the Ducks went 23-15-2 (.575 points percentage) when the opponent scored first, the most wins and best points percentage of any team in such situations this season.

The Ducks have made two comebacks in this postseason, including the dramatic first round series-clinching victory in Game 6 over the Dallas Stars. In that game, Anaheim became the fifth NHL team since 1977 to rally from a multiple-goal deficit in the final 2:10 of regulation to win a playoff game with a Nick Bonino goal at 17:50 of the third period and a Devante Smith-Pelly tally with 24 seconds remaining in regulation.

With that being said, they can make it a lot easier on themselves if they score the first goal or take a lead into the third period. When scoring first in the postseason, the Ducks are 3-1-0. The Ducks are also 4-0 when leading after two periods. In addition, the team that has scored first in this series has won each game.

As always, Ducks fans are encouraged to “Paint it Orange” wherever they are, and that includes Staples Center. For fans attending Game 4, head to the Anaheim Ducks Team Store Powered by Reebok at Honda Center today (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) to pick up orange rally towels and 'Beat LA' thundersticks (while supplies last). You will need to show your ticket(s) or will call confirmation.

For those interested in watching tonight’s game with fellow Ducks fans, 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.




1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70


R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07

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