As much as was made about the difficulty of the
"It could be a grind," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said.
Though the Ducks' journey begins in rare air — they have an 8-0-1 streak, and lead the
Boudreau pointed to fatigue as a major concern, noting that the Ducks are in the midst of playing 20 games in 37 days. "I thought we were a little fatigued at times Sunday" in a 3-1 win over Vancouver, he said. "I'm hoping it doesn't catch up to us."
Playing without scoring leader center
Though Getzlaf (10 goals, 12 assists) is expected to return to play against the
The journey starts against a struggling Florida team (3-11-4) that Friday fired coach Kevin Dineen and made Peter Horachek the interim coach.
"I hate going to play a team that's just changed coaches and it's their first game at home," Boudreau said.
On Thursday, the Ducks go to
The Ducks conclude their run of 12 of 15 games on the road by going to Metropolitan Division-leading Pittsburgh (11-6) and its scoring leader,
"We knew this was an important stretch," Ducks center
Goalie Viktor Fasth (Oct. 17 lower-body injury) and forward
AT FLORIDA PANTHERS
When: 4:30 p.m. PST.
Where: BB&T Center.
On the air: TV: Prime Ticket. Radio: 830 AM.
Record vs. Panthers (2013): Did not play.
Etc.: The Panthers have lost three straight games and have given up the second-most goals (64) in the league while the Ducks have scored an NHL-best 65.