|Rare and valuable photo of Corey Perry falling on a goalie.
A Ducks team that has gotten things going a little bit here in Anaheim, will now try to keep the good feelings going in their white uniforms, which haven't been friendly to them this season.
"We've been successful a little bit the last three games, but I think we've got the worst road record in the league," Bruce Boudreau said. "It's about time we start getting at that a little better. I mean, it's embarrassing, only three wins at the halfway mark on the road."
Anaheim begins a three-game Canadian jaunt in Calgary tonight, where they will have their work cut out for them to improve a 3-10-5 road record. (By the way, yes I'm aware that one of the road losses came while wearing the black third jerseys in Winnipeg.) The Flames are 20-19-5 this season, but an astounding 9-0-1 in their last 10 at Scotiabank Saddledome. That includes a 6-3 win over the Devils two nights ago, in a game where they were outshot 38-14. They're looking to win their eighth straight at home for the first time since 2007.
"They're a completely different team on the road than they are at home," Boudreau said. "They come out hard. They hit. They're a meat-and-potatoes team. They've got a lot of hungry fans there every night, making a lot of noise."
In 12 career home starts against the Ducks, Miikka Kiprusoff is 9-2-1 with a 1.91 goals-against average, even though he lost both home games to Anaheim last season. The Ducks actually took all four matchups last year, including two at Honda Center, where they haven't lost to Calgary in the regular season since January 19, 2004.
Oddly enough, tonight is the first time this season they've faced Calgary.
Boudreau indicated this morning that Jonas Hiller
has recovered nicely from the lower body injury that knocked him out of Sunday's game and kept him out of the win over Dallas two nights ago. However, tonight he will backup Jeff Deslauriers
, who gave up just two goals in winning that game against the Stars. Here is the rest of the expected lineup:
Tonight is Game 42 of the season for the Ducks, who finished a mostly agonizing first half with a nice little win streak.
"It's nice to go on the road with a different feeling," Bobby Ryan
said. "Winning three in a row and finishing off the homestand in good fashion leads to a little bit of confidence, and you need confidence going into a building like that."
It's no secret the Ducks need their recent winning ways to snowball into something much more to have any hope of getting into the postseason race.
"If you know me, I'd certainly say it can," Boudreau said. "I'm going to preach it until it can't. You watch the news every day. Miracles happen. So why can't miracles happen in sport?"
Said Teemu Selanne
this morning, "We were struggling for a long time and really put ourselves behind the eight ball," said Teemu Selanne
this morning. "That's the toughest part, especially when we feel we still have a good team here. If you had a bad team, you could live with that. That's why it's been so tough. We're just trying to stay hot right now and see how far we can go. You never know. It's a half-season. We've done it before. It's not easy, but it's possible."
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Congratulations to Corey Perry
, who was selected by the league to his third All-Star Game today. Teemu Selanne
, playing what is likely his last season and leading the Ducks with 41 points, politely declined. Selanne said this morning that he lobbied for Perry to represent the Ducks in the game as the reigning MVP and that, "It's better that Perry goes. This is the best way to do it. I've been there many times, and it's a great opporutnity for a young player. Perry was MVP last year and it's important that he's there." He added with a laugh, "Old guy needs to rest."
Also, "My kid's going to have some hockey tournament," Selanne said. “I think it's important I spend time at home, too. I'm looking forward to it."
Perry leads the Ducks again with 18 goals, including his fourth career hat trick on Sunday night. "He says it could be his last year, so it surprised me," Perry said. "But that's the way he is. When something comes up for somebody else, he's going to help them get there, and that's what he did. That's the type of guy he is, and he's always been that way. Going near the end of his career, it means something to me."
Perry has a lot of family from Ottawa, and this will be a chance to play in front of them. “I’m excited,” he said. ”My dad’s side is all in Ottawa. It’s going to be kind of a homecoming for me. It’s special.”
Here's video of them both, courtesy of the Flames: