Not only do the Ducks occupy first place in the
Boudreau absolutely wants his team to jell better after its six trades and the return of some injured players, but as for the honor of the Presidents' Trophy, he said Saturday he cares "not one iota."
"I've won the Presidents' Trophy before [as
"We want to end up as high as we can, but if we can't end up with that, we don't care. We're looking to see that our group is ready for the playoffs. That's what we're looking for."
"We beat a team that was the hottest team in the NHL," Boudreau said. "I'm happy with the way the guys were totally into the game. They knew they had lost three in a row. They wanted to turn the tables and win this one. We can't change. We know we're getting ready for playoffs. We know there are 12 games left. We have to start getting things ready."
The Ducks (43-20-7) got forward
"When he's playing up to his level … he's really good for us," Boudreau said. "We need that ilk on our team."
As for Nashville, Boudreau said penetrating the Predators' "speed and tenacity," and standout goalie
"We're on track to be where we were last year, minus a couple of points," Boudreau said of the 2013-14 team that finished with the
Despite many missed golden scoring chances in the regular season, Ducks forward
The shootout specialist kept his spot in the lineup because Boudreau values his intelligence and defensive skills.
"I would like to have scored more than 11 goals, but I was struggling quite a bit the first half of the season," Silfverberg said.
"Lately, I've been getting a lot of confidence from Bruce, been seeing a lot of minutes out there, and that's been helping a lot. And especially, putting the puck in helps too. It's a lot of fun, and I feel like, as I get the chances, I have a good chance of putting the puck in. I try not to think too much about it. The puck comes right at me, and I don't think I put my stick there, and it goes into the net. A couple more of those bounces, and it could turn out good for coming into the playoffs."
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Times staff writer Helene Elliott contributed to this report.