Player News - Ducks

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Matt Beleskey recorded an assist in the Ducks' 3-2 overtime win vs. San Jose on Monday.

Beleskey has recorded at least a point in three of his last four contests. He has 15 goals and 19 points in 36 games this season.
Dec 23 - 8:22 AM

Devante Smith-Pelly had an assist in the Ducks' 3-2 overtime victory over San Jose on Monday.

Smith-Pelly is now tied with his career-high points total at 13. As impressive as it sounds to be matching your personal best in December, it's worth noting that he has yet to play in more than 49 games in a single season. He probably will do so in 2014-15 though as he's already participated in 32 games.
Dec 23 - 8:21 AM

Ryan Kesler sniped one past Antti Niemi to beat the Sharks 3-2 in overtime on Monday.

The goal was a pure snipe as he sent one far-side just under the crossbar from the left hash-marks. He now ranks third on the team in goals (12), and second in points (27), and has three winners to boot.
Dec 23 - 3:10 AM

Ryan Getzlaf increased his team lead in points (39) with two more assists Monday night, as the Ducks beat the Sharks 3-2 in overtime.

Getzlaf's first helper was brilliant as he found Cam Fowler sneaking now the weak side late in the third to tie it up. The second helper was a classic hockey secondary assist as he merely shot it wide, and the Ducks scored on the same chain of possession. The Captain leads the team in assists (27), points (39), and is third in goals (12).
Dec 23 - 3:08 AM

Cam Fowler scored his fourth goal of the season when he took the Ryan Getzlaf feed as he snuck down the weak side, and tucked it home with 4:16 left in the third Monday night.

The goal tied the game at two, and the Ducks would go on to beat the Sharks in overtime. He now has 18 points on the season.
Dec 23 - 3:03 AM

It took 47 career NHL games over three seasons, but Rickard Rakell finally scored his first NHL goal on Monday night.

Ironically, Rakell just happened to be in the right place at the right time as an Emerson Etam chip somehow found its way to the crease from behind the net. All Rakell had to do was whack it in. But hey it looks like a 100 MPH one-timer on the score sheet. Rakell now has 12 points in his NHL career.
Dec 23 - 2:58 AM

Frederik Andersen didn't have his best game, but stopping 30-32 shots was good enough for the 3-2 overtime win over San Jose.

Full marks to Joe Pavelski for his masterful tip-in on the power play to tie it at one two minutes into the third. But Melker Karlsson's slapper from the blue line cannot go through Andersen's five-hole not six minutes later. Cam Fowler and Ryan Kesler scored the tying and winning goals to bail Andersen out. Hey that's what good teams do, right? He now hosts a 2.34 GAA and .914 save percentage with 19 wins, tied with Marc-Andre Fleury and second most to only Pekka Rinne.
Dec 23 - 2:42 AM

Tim Jackman is "under evaluation" by Anaheim's doctors after John Scott hit him viciously with the butt-end of his stick across Jackman's jaw. He will not return to the game.

As Sharks forward Andrew Desjardins was bumping Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen while he stopped play, Scott decided to turn around and whack Jackman across the jaw for no apparent reason. Inexplicably, Scott was not penalized and Jackman left the game having skated just 3:38 with one hit.
Dec 23 - 12:08 AM

Colby Robak will be in the press box Monday when the Ducks take on the visiting Sharks.

The 24-year-old defenseman has played in 11 games for the Ducks this season without scoring a point. He doesn't offer much fantasy value with those kind of numbers and is justifiably a healthy scratch Monday.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 22 - 8:43 PM

Dany Heatley is expected to be scratched Monday night against the San Jose Sharks.

The former 50 goal scorer has played in just one game since November 9th and has played in a total of five games on the season without recording a single point. It's been a hard fall for the former superstar as he's been in out of the lineup all year with injuries and healthy scratches. Devante Smith-Pelly will instead take Heatley's spot in the lineup Monday.
Dec 22 - 8:39 PM

Frederik Andersen is expected to start in net Monday night against the Sharks.

Andersen is expected to get the nod for the Ducks where he will go for his 19th win of the season. He's also posted a 2.41 goals-against-average and .913 save percentage on the year. The Sharks have lit up Andersen this year, scoring nine goals on 56 shots; good for a 6.28 GAA and .839 save percentage. Andersen will look to redeem himself Monday night in Anaheim.
Dec 22 - 8:35 PM

Hampus Lindholm (lower body) will get back into the lineup on Monday.

He missed Friday's loss to Ottawa because of a lower-body ailment. In 34 games this year, Lindholm has four goals, 15 points and a plus-12 rating. He's slated to be paired with Mark Fistric.
Dec 22 - 3:49 PM

Francois Beauchemin will not play in Monday's game against San Jose.

Beauchemin hurt his right index finger and has been out since November 28th. His return will add leadership to a relatively young group of defensemen in Anaheim. The Ducks believe he will be back fairly soon, possibly after the holiday break.
Dec 21 - 3:00 PM

Corey Perry (knee) will not play against the San Jose Sharks on Monday.

Perry practiced with the Ducks on Sunday and his return is imminent, but it won't be on Monday. It's been a rough season for Perry, who has also battled the mumps.
Dec 21 - 2:57 PM

Francois Beauchemin (finger) was at Ducks' practice on Sunday.

Beauchemin has been out since November 28th with the injury. It's been a tough season for the 34-year-old. He's suffered through the finger injury, and he had a case of the mumps as well. He should be close to returning to the Ducks' lineup. He has five assists in 18 games this season.
Dec 21 - 2:13 PM


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