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Ducks focused on better start facing Blackhawks

Friday, 03.29.2013 / 1:38 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Ducks focused on better start facing Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Jonas Hiller was the first off the ice after the Anaheim Ducks' morning skate Friday at United Center, so it looks like he'll again be in net to try to stop the bleeding against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Ducks have lost four in a row since their 4-2 win over the Blackhawks on March 20. Hiller gave up four goals on 29 shots in a 4-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.

The Ducks have allowed nine first-period goals over the past four games. They yielded eight first-period goals in their previous 14 games.

"You gotta look at the way we started the last couple of games and it hasn't been great," Ducks forward Corey Perry told NHL.com. "We had a stat up this morning that we gave up nine goals in the first period in the last four games and that's just not starting the game the right way. If we're better in the first 10 minutes and get our feet under us we'll be all right for the rest of the game."

Anaheim is the only team in the Western Conference that hasn't lost to Chicago this season. The Ducks are five points behind the Blackhawks in second place in the Western Conference standings.

Here is the projected lineup for Anaheim against Chicago on Friday:

Bobby Ryan - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Kyle Palmieri - Saku Koivu - Daniel Winnik

Andrew Cogliano - Peter Holland - Teemu Selanne

Emerson Etem - David Steckel - Brad Staubitz

Sheldon Souray - Francois Beauchemin

Cam Fowler - Toni Lydman

Luca Sbisa - Bryan Allen

Jonas Hiller

Viktor Fasth

Injured: Nick Bonino (lower-body)

Scratched: Matt Beleskey, Radek Dvorak

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