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Ducks Make Way to San Jose

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

After opening the preseason with back-to-back rough defeats, the Ducks are looking to see what they can do on the road.

That starts tonight in San Jose, where the Ducks face the same Sharks team that used six unanswered goals to roll over the Ducks 6-1 on Wednesday night. Actually, the uniforms are the same, but it will likely be a decidedly different Sharks team than the one that came to Anaheim. That lineup had no Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, new Shark Martin Havlat, Joe Pavelski, Marc-Edouard Vlasic or Antti Niemi, and at least some of those guys figure to be in the lineup tonight in what is San Jose's second affair of the preseason.

The Ducks, meanwhile, are traveling with a big group, some of which will suit up tonight and some who will see action tomorrow night in Vancouver. Among the guys on the ice in the primary group this morning were Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Bobby Ryan, Cam Fowler, Francois Beauchemin, Andrew Gordon and Emerson Etem. Here's the entire list, with two of these guys getting scratched by gametime:

4     D     Cam Fowler
9     LW  Bobby Ryan
10   RW Corey Perry
15   C     Ryan Getzlaf
18   C     Mark Bell
23   D     Francois Beauchemin
25   D     Matt Smaby
34   D     Nate Guenin
40   D     Sean Zimmerman
41   RW  Andrew Gordon
45   RW  Brian McGrattan
46   D     Mathieu Carle
47   D     Bryan Rodney
49   C     Maxime Macenauer
57   C     Nicolas Deschamps
63   C     Nick Bonino
64   C     Brandon McMillan
65   RW  Emerson Etem
74   C     Peter Holland
77   RW  Devante Smith-Pelly
38   G    Dan Ellis
43   G    Jeff Deslauriers

Ellis and Delauriers figure to split time tonight, while Jonas Hiller is also on the trip but won't suit up. Randy Carlyle indicated yesterday that either Hiller or Ellis would see their first ice either tonight or tomorrow night. He skated with the second group this morning. Finnish prospect Iiro Tarkki is not on the trip.

That Vancouver game tomorrow night, by the way, will be televised on NHL Network. Tonight's game is radio available on only. The same goes for next Wednesday's Ducks-Canucks game at Honda Center.

Carlyle indicated the last couple of days that he wasn't pleased with what he saw in the opener against Phoenix and Wednesday night vs. San Jose. "I look at it as it was an opportunity missed for us to establish more tenacity, more of a lot of things in the games," Carlyle said. "We seemed to be on the receiving end and we were very scrambly in our puck-possession game. We didn't really establish a forecheck. Our hockey club has always been known as a strong forechecking team and we didn't do a very good job in the forecheck."

The Ducks did all of their workout off ice yesterday, in preparation for a weekend in which they play three games in three nights -- ending with Sunday evening in LA.

Said Carlyle, “Were we coasting in some situations after reviewing the last night’s (San Jose) game? Yes. And those are the mental things and the dog days of training camp that are on us that catch up with you. It’s not an excuse. It’s how we feel. We’ll address that to the players and tell them that’s unacceptable.”

The Ducks, by the way, trimmed their training camp yesterday by four, sending forwards Joseph Cramarossa and Rickard Rakell (their first draft pick last June) and goalies Igor Bobkov and John Gibson back to their junior teams. More cuts will be coming in the next few days, but for now the Ducks have 43 players remaining on the training camp roster: 25 forwards, 14 defensemen and four goalies.

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