Ducks’ Boudreau talks up the Kings, warming up to Penner

Comments from Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau following Anaheim’s morning skate, in advance of hosting the LA Kings later tonight…

On Bryan Allen:

“It’s a game time decision. He’ll take warm up and we’ll see.” [Reporter: So it wasn’t contingent upon whether he skated…] “No. No. We wanted to give it until the last minute, didn’t want to go and push it out there. He’ll push it in warm-up. He’ll give us an indication.”

On François Beauchemin:

“No. he’s still not skating. Until he starts skating, I can’t really give you a timetable on what it looks like, when he’s going to be back.”

On how an Anaheim-Los Angeles game gets the juices going:

“It’s a great rivalry. I don’t know if it’s dislike, hatred, or the fact that they want to be the number one team in Southern California, but it brings the best and the worst out of the fans and it brings the best and the worst out of the players. It should be an interesting game.”

On why a game like this doesn’t have more national appeal:

“Because it starts at eleven o’clock Eastern time, or ten o’clock Eastern time. That’s to me why it wouldn’t. This is a pretty big deal, in the last seven years, two Stanley Cup winners, fairly high up in the standings. It should be a doozy of a game.”

On if he riles them up, tempers their excitement or says nothing:

“I say something…I’ll try to figure out all afternoon what I’m going to say tonight. If I have to rile them up at a game like this, that should be a problem. I don’t think we do. I get excited about stuff. I speak from the heart a lot of times when I’m in there and we’ll see how it goes tonight.”

On if this game is more exciting for Dustin:

“I don’t know. Brownie’s been through this a lot. [Silence, then laughing.] That’s a joke. No, I think so. Sorry. Me and Dustin were just talking about Brown, that’s why that was on my mind. No, I think anytime you get traded or you sign with another team or you get fired or whatever, you come back and you play that team for the first time, it’s usually got a special something there for you. He’s got a lot of friends over on that team and when you play friends, you usually want to play harder against them. Through time, I always played harder against my best friends on opposite teams, so I’m sure the same kind of thing’s going to happen here.”

On Penner’s status now versus having been a healthy scratch at the beginning of the year:

“He’s done a lot to get better. I’m sure he didn’t like being a healthy scratch, but he knew why he was a healthy scratch and he worked real hard to get in the position he is today. Now he’s really consistent with us. He’s played well. There are still moments when we have blips on the radar, but he’s been solid for us. He’s really been a real good player for that line. The two years I’ve been here and the years before, that line with Perry and Getzy went through an awful lot of left wingers who they couldn’t find the proper fit for, so it makes it easier when you know that those three are going to be together and you just worry about trying to get three other lines established.”

On whether in Penner’s case the plus minus is a deceiving statistic:

“You know what? It depends on how you want to look at it. There’s a difference. If you’re -18 and +18, that’s a 36 goal differential. So obviously it means something. If you’re -5 to +5 or something like that and you’re on a total checking line and all you’re doing is checking the best players, it can be a deceiving statistic. But he’s +17 and he’s earned all of those pluses. He’s on the ice, whether it’s accidental or not. The coach says “Hey, he’s good luck when he’s on the ice because good things are gonna happen.” So I’d rather have the +17 guy than the -17 guy.”

On in hindsight if sitting him out that first game was a good “tough love” decision:

“I don’t know. It probably wasn’t the best thing for him, but he needed it. He wasn’t ready to play. Now he’s worked really hard. You see him at practice, if you’ve been here, like after every practice, he’s doing extra skating. On days off, he’s in here working out. He’s made a determined effort to be the player he was five years ago and he’s done a real good job.”

On what he’d call him now, compared to his critical comments earlier in the season:

“Now he’s a solid player for us. Our power play has really started to do some good things since he became a regular on it. I don’t think you’ve seen Geztlaf with goal scoring totals like he’s had this year. I think it’s a great combination that they’ve done really good.”

On what he attributes Getzlaf’s 40 goal pace to:

“I think there’s a combination of a lot of things. I haven’t gone through it, but if you look at probably after 29 games how many shots he’s had in the past, compared to how many shots he has now, I’ll bet you it’s up. You can’t score unless you shoot the puck.”

On Selanne’s drought:

“He hit the crossbar last game. He missed two open nets. If he was getting no chances, I’d say okay, what’s up. But he’s still getting opportunities and he’s pressing a little harder because he probably hasn’t gone through this in quite some time. Once he gets one, I’m sure he’ll be pretty streaky after that.”

On what the took from the LA Kings win over the Blues on Monday night:

“That they’re good, but we’ve known that. I mean watch the San Jose game. I thought they should have won that game. They definitely deserved to win last night’s game. There’s a reason they’ve only lost one game in their last 12 or 13. They call those things a trap game and I can see where that would be. Calgary’s second game in back-to-backs and they’re looking forward to playing San Jose in St. Louis, so I’d venture to guess they’re allowed a mulligan on that one. They’re just a very good team. They’re a team that won the Stanley Cup. Last year, I think if they didn’t get so beat up in the previous two series, they would have beat Chicago and won the Stanley Cup again last year. They’re good.”

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