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Struggling Ducks aim to get untracked vs. Flyers

by Abbey Mastracco

FLYERS (15-12-7) at DUCKS (12-15-6)


ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks returned home to face the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday following a 1-2-1 road trip on the heels of a strong message delivered by general manager Bob Murray.

"After succeeding during the past few regular seasons, suddenly we are underachieving and having to handle adversity," Murray told the Orange County Register. "And some are not physically prepared to work through the challenge."

The Ducks are in last place in the Western Conference with 30 points. They've lost two straight and four of their past five including a 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Dec. 22 that concluded the road trip.

"I think everyone should take whatever's said very, very, very strongly. Because ultimately it's the truth," Ducks right wing Andrew Cogliano said after practice Saturday. "That's the bottom line. It's the truth in how we're playing and how we've played."

Captain Ryan Getzlaf wants the Ducks to loosen up and have more fun.

"How do you have fun when you're losing?" he said. "It is about enjoying the game. We're trying to kind of revamp that and go back to doing things we do well."

The Flyers, who did not hold a morning skate, have won four of their past five games.

Here are the projected lineups:


Michael Raffl - Claude Giroux - Brayden Schenn

Jakub Voracek - Sean Couturier - Wayne Simmonds

Matt Read - Scott Laughton - R.J. Umberger

Chris VandeVelde - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Ryan White

Brandon Manning - Radko Gudas

Shayne Gostisbehere - Luke Schenn

Nick Schultz - Yevgeni Medvedev

Steve Mason

Michal Neuvirth

Injured: Mark Streit (detached pubic plate), (back), Sam Gagner (upper body), Michael Del Zotto (upper body)

Scratched: Vincent Lecavalier


Patrick Maroon - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Jiri Sekac - Rickard Rakell - Jakob Silfverberg

Carl Hagelin - Ryan Kesler - Andrew Cogliano

Mike Santorelli - Nate Thompson - Chris Stewart

Cam Fowler - Kevin Bieksa

Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson

Clayton Stoner - Sami Vatanen

John Gibson

Frederik Andersen

Injured: Simon Despres (concussion symptoms)

Scratched: Shawn Horcoff, Korbinian Holzer

Status report: Del Zotto will not play because of an upper-body injury and is considered day-to-day. ... Streit skated with the Flyers on Saturday but not expected to play until Wednesday against the San Jose Sharks. He has missed the past six weeks after having surgery to repair a detached pubic plate.

Who's hot: Gostisbehere has six goals and eight assists in his past 18 games… Mason is 2-0-1 with 1.62 GAA and a .951 save percentage in his past three games… Voracek has points in each of his past five games (two goals, six assists).

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