The last extended trip of the season for the
"4 a.m., body time," Coach
Rest was in order upon the Ducks landing one point behind the Kings for first in the
"It's not something we look at too much," Andersen said. "We have a history of home-ice advantage. [But] I haven't really felt like [it's] home-ice advantage. It's nothing that's vital for us. It's about playing well. It's about playing the way we want the rest of the year.
"We have the belief that we have the right tools in this group, and it's about executing. It's about working as hard as we need to so we can win everywhere."
Boudreau also said playing well is the focus. He pointed out that managing this home stretch is different than last season's 51-win, 109-point regular season. Thirty of their 42 victories have come after the holiday break.
"Let's not forget, our sense of urgency probably started Christmas Day, whereas last year it probably started April 5th," Boudreau said.
First in the division could mean a first-round playoff matchup and longer travel to play rising Nashville, while second or third place will likely mean a series with San Jose. Boudreau monitors the scenarios but isn't publicly rooting for one over the other.
"I've always thought that when you start wishing for an opponent, usually you don't like what you wished for," Boudreau said.
Boudreau did not have updates on defensemen
The results of an MRI exam on the shoulder of left wing
Nick Ritchie was re-assigned to San Diego.
Andrew Cogliano is nominated
Andrew Cogliano was selected by the Anaheim chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Assn. as the Ducks' nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Cogliano has the sixth-longest consecutive games played streak at 697. Monday was the latest example of his durability when he was shaken up by a hit but played on.
"I don't think people realize how tough he is," Boudreau said. "The way he handles himself as a professional is, to me, outstanding. I've never seen anything like it from any other player."
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Update: The Ducks' 22-game regular-season home winning streak against the