No place like home for record-challenging Ducks

Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 3:02 PM
Jon Lane  - Staff Writer

The 2013-14 NHL season is more than three months old and the Anaheim Ducks remain unbeaten in regulation at Honda Center.

Anaheim continued its incredible run on home ice Jan. 15 with a 9-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks. The Ducks have won 10 straight games at Honda Center, and enter their game Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets with a 20-0-2 home record that is tied for third among the longest home streaks from the start of a season.

The 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers own the record with 26 straight.

"This is what we want," Teemu Selanne said. "We want to make this a hard place to play. So far, so good."

The Ducks are the fifth team since 1973-74 to record at least one point in each of its first 20 home games in a season.

They've also had win streaks of eight and 10 games at home. The last team to have two separate home winning streaks of eight or more games in the same season was the 2006-07 Calgary Flames, who won 10 straight from Nov. 7 to Dec. 12, 2006, and eight in a row from Jan. 4 to Feb. 3, 2007.

"It shows we can play with anybody," Ducks center Mathieu Perreault said. "Even when we play the better teams in the League we're able to stand up and win games. It feels like we find ways to win games no matter what."

In addition to the long home win streak, Not that the Ducks are slouches on the road. They had a recent stretch of 18 wins in 19 games that was snapped Jan. 17 in a 4-2 loss at the Chicago Blackhawks.

"I try not to pay attention to that," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I really don't because it gets in your head. We're just trying to win games. You win enough games and then you look up and you go, 'Holy cripes. We got that many points? That's pretty good.' We wanted to make sure that nobody's head gets swelled."

Not surprisingly, there are a lot of smiles in the Ducks' dressing room these days.

"It can't get any better when you're winning like that," Perreault said. "Everyone has a smile on their face. It's fun to come to the rink every day. We've been enjoying ourselves quite a bit lately."

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