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Examining the Anaheim Ducks numbers

Monday, 09.10.2007 / 8:48 AM / Season Preview

By John Kreiser - Columnist's 2007-08 Ducks Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster

Advantage Margin: -12
The Ducks made their penalty-killers work hard partly by leading the NHL with 17.8 penalty minutes per game.

Even-Strength Goals Margin: +28
How much did Teemu Selanne mean to the Ducks? He led them in even-strength goals (23) and points (46), as well as power-play goals (25) and points (48). 

Special Teams Goal Margin: +28
The Ducks were good on both special teams; they were third in the League with a 22.4 success rate on the power play and fifth in penalty killing at 85.1 percent

Category Rank
(Conference / NHL)
2006-07 Points 110
(3rd West / 4th NHL)
Change From 2005-06 +12
Home Points 61
(3rd West / 4th NHL)
Road Points 49
(4th West / 7th NHL)

Goals by defensemen: 41
The duo of Scott Niedermayer (15) and Chris Pronger (13) gave Anaheim a dynamic power play. Oddly, though each averaged more than 27 minutes a game and had almost equal amounts of time on the power play and killing penalties, Pronger was plus-27; Niedermayer was plus-6

Goals by forwards: 213
Dustin Penner, who signed with Edmonton during the summer, was the only player besides Selanne to have 20 even-strength goals. Only 9 of his 29 came on the power play.

Overtime Record: 9-4-10 (OT: 5-4, SO: 4-10)
The Ducks had the dubious honor of leading the NHL in shootout losses with 10, including seven in eight games at home.

Times Scored First/Record: 48 (Record: 34-5-9)
No one scored first more often at home than the Ducks, who notched the first goal 28 times in 41 games at the Honda Center, going 20-2-7 in those games.

Best 06-07 Number: 0
Shorthanded goals allowed by the Ducks on the road last season. Anaheim was one of three teams that didn’t give up a shorthanded tally away from home. Overall, the Ducks’ four shorthanded goals allowed were tied for second-fewest in the league.

Worst 06-07 Number: 24
One-goal games lost by the Ducks, including overtime and shootouts, one short of Philadelphia’s league-high total. In all, the Ducks played 47 one-goal contests, also one short of the League leaders, Vancouver and New Jersey.

The Ducks begin defense of their championship in London with two games against Los Angeles, then play 11 of their next 14 games at home. Anaheim’s biggest test comes in late January, when they go on a nine-game road trip, the longest swing in the League this season.'s 2007-08 Ducks Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster



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