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Tonight the Anaheim Ducks are looking to turn the tables against the Boston Bruins before their 3-day break because their next game is Sunday (Hall of Fame Night) when they will take on the Flordia Panters.
DUCKS PRACTICE on Tuesday
Apparently the Ducks had an interesting practice yesterday. The Ducks began their on-ice work with a passing drill that took on a life of its own. The passing “competition” included four or five players – or passers – stationed around the faceoff dot and a solo skater on the outside. The goal for the passers was to touch the puck at least twice before the skater made two laps around the faceoff dot. Whoever finished first got a free pass, and the loser(s) had to drop and so a set of push-ups. It got lively and intense, and in the end it put the players in a good mood before they got down to business.
Josh Manson (on Tuesday’s practice- joked about the practice): I think Randy [Carlyle] thought we didn’t know how to pass. It took me back to when I was a little bit younger. It was a nice light way to start practice. Any time you get us doing any kind of competition, it always lightens the mood a little bit because guys take it seriously.
Manson got asked some questions which were: Is there concern that the extended time between games could have a negative effect on the team? Could it take a team out of the groove or tamper a routine? Josh Manson’s response: The season is so long and strenuous. When you have these gaps, you have to take advantage of them. It should be a positive thing. You start playing every other day and it starts taking its toll on the body.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle (post-practice interview): There are lots of things we need to cover in practice. The one thing we’ve tried to sell is practice isn’t punishment. We’re here to practice to get better. Our team game has to get better. We played a game we weren’t proud of for the first half of the game against Tampa. We didn’t have the puck enough and we played in awe of them. We don’t want to duplicate that again.
INJURY UPDATES on Ondrej Kase, Ryan Miller, and Cam Fowler.
Ondrej Kase- Didn’t participate in practice and is out with an Upper body injury. Randy Carlyle said, “Hopefully he’ll skate tomorrow. That will be the first step for hime coming back to our group.”
Ryan Miller- Was on the ice prior to the start of the practice. According to Randy Carlyle, he is a couple days away from joing the team.
Cam Fowler- Randy Carlyle is hopeful that Cam will start skating before this week is over. He obtained a knee injury on October 20, and his latest timeframe on his recovery was six weeks from the time of the injury.
The record between these two teams is that the Ducks have defeated the Bruins in seven consecutive games which marks the second longest active win streak against the Boston Bruins. Anaheim is 10-1-1 in its last 12 meeting with Boston including four consecutive victories at Honda Center.
Tonight is a special night for one Anaheim Duck. Antoine Vermette. “With his next appearance, Vermette will become one of 17 active skaters and the 313th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 career games. The 35-year-old center will also become the 10th player all-time to appear in his 1,000 game while a member of the Ducks and only the second to do so at Honda Center. (Fredrik Olausson was the first, Dec. 11, 2002 vs. Washington).
Injuries have been a big thing this season with star players out of the lineup (Ryan Kesler, Ryan Getzlaf, Patrick Eaves, Cam Fowler, Ondrej Kase and Ryan Miller). The Bruins are the other team in the NHL this season that is going through the same thing as the Ducks.
Ryan Spooner (right groin adductor tear), David Backes (colon surgery), Adam McQuaid (broken right fibula) are the their players that have been sidelined for a considerable amount of time. To further compound the issue, the Bruins recently announced that Brad Merchand and Anders Bjork will miss tonight’s game due to injuries obtained during their game against Toronto. Also, David Krejci has been out of the lineup for about a month (since October 19) with a upper body injury
Head Coach Randy Carlyle (on injuries): They’re going through their fair share of injury problems and so are we. We’d expect a formidable opponent. Anybody that wears that black and gold over there has had some history of championship pedigree behind them.
The Ducks and Bruins are teams that both have scars in their lineup because of all of the injuries and injured players that have had to be put aside and on a wait list (injured reserve) and not really knowing for sure when they will get pulled off that list. These teams have had to adjust and compete and learn to work harder and better to fight for the win. Hard work has to be in place for the Ducks because I feel that it may be hard to go through the games without having some of their top-notch forwards like Ondrej Kase, Ryan Kesler, and defenseman Cam Fowler who I think is missed on the blueline by his blueliner teammates. I hope that they are just around the corner from returning back to the game sooner rather than later because we have 2 players that remain on the list with long-term injuries and won’t be seeing them any time soon.
The Anaheim Ducks face the Boston Bruins tonight @7 pm in Honda Center. This marks game 4 of the Ducks 5-game homestand. All I ask is two things, please no more injuries and a win to stop a losing streak from happening and to keep the consecutive games where the Ducks have defeated the Bruins to continue on. The recap of the game coming up next….
LET’S GO DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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