By Kyle Shohara
It’s travel day for the Ducks, who embark on a two-game road trip to the province of Alberta. They’ll face the Calgary Flames tomorrow night at Scotiabank Saddledome and then complete the trip the following night at Rexall Place in Edmonton.
Not making the trip is goaltender Frederik Andersen, who will remain in Orange County because of an upper-body injury suffered on Feb. 8 at Tampa Bay. Andersen has missed four consecutive games and was not on the ice for practice.
Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau tweaked the line combinations this morning, most notably splitting up the duo of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Getzlaf is scoreless in his last four games and has but four points (2g/2a) in his last nine, while Perry has one goal in his last five. Boudreau says he’s not sure if he’ll stick with the move come game time tomorrow. “I wanted to try it in practice today to see what it was like,” he said. “Once they both find their game, we’ll be much better and we won’t be talking about this anymore.”
Though the practice was quick – the players were off the ice within 45 minutes – Boudreau says the message was delivered. “The pace of the practice was really good,” he said. “It wasn’t long, but there wasn’t any lingering around. It was to the point of what we were trying to do.” After Boudreau addressed the team along the bench at the end of practice, Getzlaf and fellow veteran Clayton Stoner also shared their thoughts.LINE COMBINATIONS
Patrick Maroon – Ryan Getzlaf – Kyle Palmieri
Devante Smith-Pelly – Ryan Kesler – Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano – Rickard Rakell – Jakob Silfverberg
Rene Bourque/Emerson Etem – Nate Thompson – Tim Jackman
JACKMAN CONTRACT EXTENSION
Tim Jackman welcomed reporters to his locker stall following practice, and with good reason. Earlier today, the Ducks announced that the club had signed the rugged forward to a one-year contract extension through the 2015-16 season. The 33-year-old has collected 11 points (8g/3a) with 146 penalty minutes in 74 career games with the Ducks, including five goals this season – his most since his career-high 10 in 2010-11 with Calgary.
“[My family] is really grateful and appreciative that the Ducks wanted us around for another year,” he said. “It’s a good feeling right now. We’re happy to come back. Hopefully I can show that with the way I play.”
Jackman has a team-leading 84 penalty minutes in 48 games this season.
“Bruce has given me a chance to play pretty consistently, and he trusts that I’m going to try to do the right things out there. When you have a coach playing you like that and you have [your teammates’] respect, it’s a lot of fun.”
It didn’t take long for his contract to come together, either. “It was initiated on Tuesday and now it’s done,” he said. “They said I should be paying my agent by the minute because it didn’t take too long.
“It always gives you a sense of peace, but you still want to play well and show them that you earned it and there’s a reason that they want you coming back. Hopefully I can do that.”
Jackman is the epitome of a “lunch pail” hockey player. He’s dependable, consistent and reliable. From shift to shift, game to game, Jackman brings the same effort and style of play, which earns high marks from his coach.
“There is a lot to like about this guy,” said Boudreau. “He’s a consummate professional on and off the ice. He wants to play, but he understands his role and knows there are games he’s going to miss. It doesn’t deter from his practices or cheering on his teammates. There isn’t any sulking in his world.
“He knows his role,” adds Boudreau. “He knows he’s not the toughest guy on the planet, but he’ll go to bat for any of his teammates at any time. He pretty well won the game in Carolina by sparking some interest in our group.
“Every team should be lucky to have a guy like Tim Jackman on their team.”