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Nate Thompson (upper body) did not practice once again on Friday.

Thompson was injured a week ago in the third period of the season finale. Consider him day-to-day for now and doubtful for Game 2 Saturday.
Apr 18 - 6:14 AM

John Gibson (hand) did not practice once again on Friday and is considered doubtful for Game 2 on Saturday.

Gibson was injured in practice eight days ago and the Ducks were forced to recall Jason LaBarbera to back up Frederik Andersen. The Ducks hope that Gibson will return to the lineup shortly as he has been battling Andersen for the number one job in net for the Ducks.
Apr 18 - 6:12 AM

Ryan Kesler was outstanding at the faceoff dot as he won 16-of-21 opportunities Thursday.

Kesler was a big part of the Ducks dominance in the faceoff circle as the team won 63 percent of the draws in Game 1. "You start with the puck, obviously you got a better chance of scoring, right?" Kesler said. "Obviously we’re just going to continue with that."
Apr 18 - 6:09 AM

The Anaheim Ducks scored more than one power play goal on Thursday for the first time since January 11.

And what a better time to get it going than Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Ducks were 1-of-23 on the power play before Thursday's game when they managed to score twice in the third period to come back from a 2-1 deficit to win 4-2 over the Winnipeg Jets. We take a lot of pride in it," Cam Fowler said of the power play. "Especially come playoff time, special teams can win or lose you games. It’s something that we've worked really hard at."
Apr 18 - 6:06 AM

Sami Vatanen scored his first career playoff goal to open Thursday's scoring during Anaheim's 4-2 Game One win over Winnipeg.

Vatanen also tallied an assist on Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf's third period power play goals, boosting Vatanen's career point total to four over six games.
Apr 17 - 2:20 AM

Ryan Getzlaf scored a power play goal and had two assists in Thursday's 4-2 Game One victory over the Jets.

It was Getzlaf's fourth career three-point game, each of the one goal and two assists variety as well. He's now tallied 26 goals and 76 points in 82 career playoff games.
Apr 17 - 2:18 AM

Corey Perry powered his Ducks past the Jets in Thursday's Game One 4-2 victory with two consecutive third period goals.

Perry could not be stopped, having a hand in all four goals including a power play goal and assist. Perhaps it was his second goal, though, that best exemplified his overwhelming effort. As Perry was trucking his way through the crease, Perry put a backhander off Ondrej Pavelec's right leg pad. And as he was falling off, Perry forced his momentum back towards the puck and flipped it in off the tip of his blade. It was Perry's first career four-point playoff game, and he now has 24 goals and 58 points in 75 career playoff games.
Apr 17 - 2:14 AM

Frederik Andersen helped take Game One over Winnipeg by making 25 saves.

Andersen wasn't quite on top of his game, but he was certainly good enough to support Anaheim's outstanding offense. He was only beaten by two expertly placed pucks, and sometimes there's nothing one can do about those. Andersen's career playoff record improves to 4-2 in eight starts with 21 goals against.
Apr 17 - 2:09 AM

Jiri Sekac is expected to be a healthy scratch in game one of Anaheim's series against Winnipeg.

Sekac was acquired from Montreal earlier this season but he hasn't really made a huge impact for his new team. The 22-year-old had two goals and seven points in 19 games with the Ducks. Expect Emerson Etem to take Sekac's spot in the lineup.
Apr 16 - 7:49 PM

Jason LaBarbera will be the backup goaltender in Thursday's series opening game against Winnipeg.

John Gibson (hand) won't be available for the first game, so the Ducks will go with a goaltending duo of Frederik Andersen and LaBarbera. It's unclear when Gibson will be ready to return, but when he does come back he will take LaBarbera's spot.
Apr 16 - 6:41 PM

John Gibson won't be available for game one of Anaheim's first round playoff series against Winnipeg.

The 21-year-old missed a good chunk of the regular season because of injuries. Gibson sat out Anaheim's last regular season game because of the hand injury he suffered. The Ducks will go with Frederik Andersen in game one against Winnipeg, while Jason Labarbera will be the backup.
Apr 16 - 6:39 PM

Frederik Andersen will get the start in game one of Anaheim's first round playoff series against Winnipeg.

The 25-year-old played in seven playoff games last year but he didn't do so well. He had a 3-2 record in seven games and he allowed 19 goals during that span. Many expect the Ducks to make a long playoff run this season, but they will need their goaltender to play better than he did at this time last year. Andersen finished the regular season with a 35-12-5 record with a 2.38 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage.
Apr 16 - 6:36 PM

Clayton Stoner will suit up in Game 1 against Winnipeg.

His presence in the lineup will send James Wisniewski into the press box. Coach Bruce Boudreau made the decision because he likes the defense tandem of Stoner and Sami Vatanen. "They have been teamed up all year," Boudreau said. "Sami seems to play his best with Clayton and now Clayton is fully healthy. So I don't see why he would lose his position."
Apr 16 - 4:04 PM

James Wisniewski will be a healthy scratch for Anaheim's playoff opener against Winnipeg on Thursday night.

"You're never really expecting this ... it is what it is," he said. "I hope to get in there. It's what I'm here to do. Nobody wants to not play in the playoffs but it's out of my control." In 13 games with the Ducks, Wisniewski posted five assists, 20 shots and a minus-3 rating.
Apr 16 - 2:53 PM

EA Sports is predicting that the Anaheim Ducks win the Stanley Cup by beating the New York Rangers in seven games

It also predicts that Ryan Getzlaf will be the Conn Smythe Trophy after scoring nine goals and 26 points in 28 games. They base those predictions off of a simulation of NHL 15. Obviously we wouldn't read much into this prediction, but it is a fun one.
Source: EA Sports
Apr 15 - 9:36 AM

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