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Posted On Sunday, 05.03.2015 / 2:49 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Flames series blog

Ducks power play clicking in postseason

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks’ power play was a sore spot for the second straight regular season. It finished 28th in the NHL, a step back from 22nd last season.

But it has found its groove in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Going into Game 2 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Calgary Flames on Sunday (10 p.m. ET; CNBC, TVA Sports, SN), the Ducks were tied with the Minnesota Wild for No. 1 in the League at 33.3 percent (5-for-15), including 5-for-11 at home.

Coach Bruce Boudreau pointed to the extra preparation time Anaheim has been afforded. Defenseman Cam Fowler said there’s also incentive.

“We wanted to have that mentality to make teams pay on the scoreboard if they wanted to get physical or if they wanted to rough up some of our key guys,” Fowler said. “There’s no better way to stop a team from doing that than to score a couple of power-play goals. I think it just got us going early, especially in that Winnipeg [Jets first round] series. Momentum’s a huge thing on a power play, so hopefully we can keep that going.”

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Posted On Friday, 05.01.2015 / 1:34 AM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Flames series blog

Flames forwards Hudler, Ferland each day-to-day

ANAHEIM -- Calgary Flames forwards Jiri Hudler and Micheal Ferland are day-to-day with undisclosed injuries sustained Thursday in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Anaheim Ducks, coach Bob Hartley said.

"We will re-evaulate them [Friday]," Hartley said.

Hudler played three shifts in the second period and did not return in a 6-1 loss to the Ducks at Honda Center. His three goals and six points in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games lead the Flames.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 4:57 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Flames series blog

Flames forward Shore expected to play Game 1

ANAHEIM -- Calgary Flames forward Drew Shore will likely play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports), coach Bob Hartley said.

Shore took the place of right wing Mason Raymond in line rushes, and Raymond stayed out for extra work at the morning skate.

"Decisions are not final," Hartley said. "We have some nice options, but there's a possibility that Drew Shore could be in."

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Posted On Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 4:46 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Flames series blog

Ducks get center Thompson back for series opener

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks center Nate Thompson will play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Calgary Flames on Thursday at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports), coach Bruce Boudreau said.

Thompson missed the first round with an upper-body injury sustained in the regular-season finale. His return restores stability to the fourth line after Anaheim used center Chris Wagner and left wing Tomas Fleischmann in his place.

"He's a vital guy to our team, and he's been a vital guy for the whole year," Boudreau said. "I think he played every game. It's just natural that he would go back in."

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.28.2015 / 3:56 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Flames series blog

Ducks' Thompson game-time call for series opener

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks center Nate Thompson will likely be a game-time decision for Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Calgary Flames on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN TVA Sports), Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said.

Thompson missed the first round with an upper-body injury sustained in the regular-season finale April 11. He has resumed skating and did some line rushes Tuesday with left wing Emerson Etem and right wing Tim Jackman.

"I don't know, we'll see," Thompson said. "I'm just going to keep practicing every day and see how it feels and go from there."

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Posted On Sunday, 04.19.2015 / 5:45 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Jets series blog

Jets expect boost from MTS Centre crowd

ANAHEIM -- The Winnipeg Jets have never been happier to be heading home.

After five days on the road and two squandered third-period leads in the Western Conference First Round series against the Anaheim Ducks, the Jets departed Southern California on Sunday in anticipation of Winnipeg's first home Stanley Cup Playoff game since 1996.

Game 3 is Monday (9 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, NBCSN, TVA Sports, SN, PRIME) at MTS Centre, where a frenzied crowd will try to help Winnipeg get back into a best-of-7 series that Anaheim leads 2-0.

"We know we've got a lot of fans that have been waiting a long time to watch playoff hockey and we're looking forward to getting back in this building and turning this thing around," forward Drew Stafford said. "I think it's going to make a huge difference. We can feed off that energy, use that to our advantage … to get home, get a little bit of a shot in the arm, a little changeup. Just being back in our own building, in front of fans, we're really looking forward to it."


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Posted On Sunday, 04.19.2015 / 3:37 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Jets series blog

Ducks unsure if they'll have Wagner for Game 3

ANAHEIM - The status of Anaheim Ducks center Chris Wagner is not known for Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday at MTS Centre (9 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, NBCSN, TVA Sports, SN, PRIME).

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn't comment Sunday on Wagner, who left Game 2 in the first period Saturday with an upper-body injury, according to the Ducks. Boudreau wasn't yet certain if Wagner would go on the trip because he had not yet talked to the trainer.

Anaheim is also without center Nate Thompson and goalie John Gibson because of upper-body injuries. Neither has skated since they sustained the injuries but Boudreau said both will travel.

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Posted On Saturday, 04.18.2015 / 4:03 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Jets series blog

Jets' Perreault possible for Game 2 vs. Ducks

ANAHEIM -- Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault said he will be a game-time decision for Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, SN, PRIME).

Perreault said he is progressing from a lower-body injury sustained at the end of the regular season. He took part in Winnipeg's morning skate but sounded questionable.

"Today felt the best I felt in past days, for sure," Perreault said. "A week ago it was pretty bad. Now it's starting to feel better. We can just be hopeful that within the next couple of games I'll be back.

"It's getting better every day and today was better than yesterday. I don't know if I'll be able to play or not. But if I don't, I’m sure tomorrow will be even better and we'll go from there."

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Posted On Saturday, 04.18.2015 / 3:18 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Jets series blog

Ducks know they must match Jets' intensity in Game 2

ANAHEIM -- The lineup for the Anaheim Ducks likely won't change and neither will their approach for Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, SN, PRIME).

The Ducks lead the best-of-7 series 1-0.

The Jets will seek a split going back to Winnipeg, where a frenzied fan base awaits them.

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said they know how much urgency the Jets will have and they must counter it.

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Posted On Friday, 04.17.2015 / 7:52 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Jets series blog

Ducks, Jets preparing for physical Game 2

ANAHEIM -- The number of hits grew with each period as bodies bounced off each other at Honda Center in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round between the Anaheim Ducks and Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

There were 39 combined hits after one period and 64 after two periods. The final number was 83, which set the tone for the rest of the best-of 7 series which continues with Game 2 (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, SN, PRIME) at Honda Center on Saturday.

"I don't think Winnipeg or us are going to turn into a bunch of ballerinas and play that kind of game," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said after practice Friday. "We're both physical teams and there was a lot of hits. That's what makes seven-game series so interesting. I don't think too much will change. If anything, it will get ramped up because when you don't play a team since January, usually what happens in a series like this is you start to really dislike other people, and that becomes more evident as games go on."

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