|"Making the playoffs wasn't my goal and it still isn't. I always assume at the beginning of the year, that it's a given. If we do our job, we'll make the playoffs. But we want to be as high as we can in the standings." -- Bruce Boudreau
By Kyle Shohara
The Ducks held their morning skate at Honda Center in preparation for tonight’s matchup against the Kings at STAPLES Center at 8 p.m.
After clinching a playoff berth last night by virtue of Detroit losing to the Blackhawks in a shootout, the Ducks now have their sights set on a Pacific Division title with seven games remaining.
Nick Bonino (lower body) took part in the full skate and head coach Bruce Boudreau said yesterday he’d like to get him some game action before the regular season ends.
Boudreau said it's safe to assume Cam Fowler (upper body) won't be in the lineup after he missed the skate this morning.
Viktor Fasth was the first goaltender off the ice, and is expected to start tonight’s game.
“We want to see where the dust settles,” said Boudreau. “I’ve told you this many times, making the playoffs wasn’t my goal and it still isn’t. I always assume at the beginning of the year, that it’s a given. If we do our job, we’ll make the playoffs.
“But we want to be as high as we can in the standings. Granted, it doesn’t look like Chicago at this stage [will give up the no. 1 spot]. Something miraculous would have to happen for that to take place, but we’d love to win the division. And [Los Angeles] would still love to win the division. In seven games, we want to start playing the way we’re capable of playing going forward to the playoffs.”
On the idea of resting some of his players: “It’s a really touchy situation, as we know we have some older guys and we’d like to make sure they’re as healthy as they can be. And we want to be healthy going into the playoffs. We don’t want to take injured guys, and guys who are sore, and play them just for the sake of winning a game, because we also know you can win the Stanley Cup if you end up in eighth place. It’s a combination of both things, and it’s almost on a day-to-day basis of how we’re going to do it.”