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Ducks know they must match Jets' intensity in Game 2

by Curtis Zupke

ANAHEIM -- The lineup for the Anaheim Ducks likely won't change and neither will their approach for Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, SN, PRIME).

The Ducks lead the best-of-7 series 1-0.

The Jets will seek a split going back to Winnipeg, where a frenzied fan base awaits them.

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said they know how much urgency the Jets will have and they must counter it.

"Pressure's a funny thing," Getzlaf said. "We're going into it with the same mentality as the last game. There's no pressure to win anymore any game until you're facing elimination. We know what we're up against right now. They're going to be a better group tonight and we've got to be better as well."

Anaheim used the same forward lines and defense pairings at its morning skate that it used in Game 1. Coach Bruce Boudreau rarely changes things after a win, meaning defenseman Clayton Stoner stays in the lineup in place of James Wisniewski. Stoner had five hits, one giveaway and one blocked shot in Game 1.

The Ducks had nine giveaways for the game and the players were on their heels for much of the second period. That's one area the coaching staff knows needs to be cleaned up.

"We can't make the mistakes that we made that were caused by Winnipeg being on top of us and being aggressive," Boudreau said. "Unforced errors are things that kill you an awful lot, and we know what we're supposed to be doing. So if we have very few unforced errors then I think we'll be on the right track."

Getzlaf and Perry combined for three goals and four assists in Game 1. But a lack of depth scoring has hurt Anaheim in the past. Other lines need to step up to get Anaheim deep in the postseason.

"It's great that Corey and [Getzlaf] were part of four goals last game," Boudreau said. "To be successful you need everybody else going. They're not going to do it by themselves. It's easy to check one and you can have a great game, but one line's not going to cut it. Very rarely do you see champions or teams winning with one line. You need balance throughout. We think we've got good balance throughout as far as scoring goes. Hopefully we'll get it in the next few games."

Here are the projected lineups:


Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Michael Frolik

Drew Stafford - Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler

Jiri Tlusty - Adam Lowry - Lee Stempniak

Chris Thorburn - Jim Slater - Matt Halischuk

Ben Chiarot - Dustin Byfuglien

Toby Enstrom - Tyler Myers

Mark Stuart - Jacob Trouba

Ondrej Pavelec

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Jay Harrison, Adam Pardy, Eric O'Dell, Keaton Ellerby, Anthony Peluso, TJ Galiardi, Andrew Copp

Injured: Mathieu Perreault (lower body), Grant Clitsome (upper body), Paul Postma (lower body)


Patrick Maroon - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Matt Beleskey - Ryan Kesler - Kyle Palmieri

Andrew Cogliano - Rickard Rakell - Jakob Silfverberg

Emerson Etem - Chris Wagner - Tim Jackman

Hampus Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin

Cam Fowler - Simon Despres

Clayton Stoner - Sami Vatanen

Frederik Andersen

Jason LaBarbera

Scratched: James Wisniewski, Korbinian Holzer, Jiri Sekac, Tomas Fleischmann

Injured: Nate Thompson (upper body), John Gibson (upper body)

Status report: Gibson and Thompson still are not skating.

Who's hot: Perry tied a Ducks playoff record with his four points in Game 1. … Vatanen scored his first Stanley Cup Playoff goal and had two assists to set a career playoff high.

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