By Kyle Shohara
NEWARK – The Ducks held their practice at Prudential Center this afternoon in preparation for tomorrow night’s contest against the New Jersey Devils.
Every player was accounted for except goaltender Viktor Fasth, who was sent back to Anaheim this morning to resume skating and continue his recovery.
“He’s not ready to play this weekend,” said head coach Bruce Boudreau. “If he could’ve gotten a couple good practices in, then there would’ve been a chance he could play. But, we decided we’d be pushing it a bit.”
Fasth is dealing with a lower-body injury that occurred prior to Anaheim’s Nov. 22 game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Honda Center. Fasth had missed 14 games earlier in the season with a lower-body injury, and this current ailment has had him out of the lineup for nine consecutive games.
“I’m sure Vik is frustrated,” Boudreau said. “We’re frustrated only because we love Vik. He’s frustrated on a personal level because he works so hard at the game. To have something impeding the way you want to feel as a goalie, I think you have to feel perfect as a goalie. As a player, you can play with all the bumps and bruises and sore legs and arms. But I think as a goalie, you’ve got to really feel good.”
Although Ryan Getzlaf is looking worse for wear these days after being checked face-first into the wall two nights ago in Detroit, a stitched-up lip isn’t preventing him from practicing with the team. Getzlaf took regular shifts with his usual linemates Dustin Penner and Corey Perry this afternoon. When asked about Getzlaf’s appearance, Boudreau laughed and said, “He’s a little uglier, but who am I to talk?”
LOOKING FOR REDEMPTION
Ben Lovejoy distinctly remembers the first time these two teams met on Nov. 20 at Honda Center, for it was his clearing attempt that inadvertently caromed off Perry and into the back of the net in overtime, giving the Devils a 4-3 victory. It was a brutal ending to a game that had the Ducks give up the tying goal with 1:01 remaining in regulation.
“I’m hoping this game against the Devils ends up better for me than the last one,” he said. “It’s a bit of a redemption game. The Devils are such a smart team with great goaltending. You know you’re not going to break them from their system. They’re going to go out and play it to a tee every time.”
- Anaheim's six-game win streak is the second streak of six games-or-more for the club this season.
- Anaheim had a franchise-tying seven-game streak earlier this season (Oct. 5-Oct. 20, also Feb. 20-Mar. 7, 1999). This marks the 10th win streak of six games-or-more in franchise history.
- The Ducks also have points in nine straight games (7-0-2, 16 points), marking the longest active point streak in the league and the second nine-game streak for Anaheim in 2013-14 (also Oct. 25-Nov. 10). The club's last streak of 10 games-or-more occurred from Feb. 27-Mar. 20, 2013 (12 games, 9-0-3).
-Anaheim is the only NHL team with three different win streaks of five games or more this season. The Ducks also have points in 11 of 12 (9-1-2, 20).