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Stanley Cup Final

No goals means no Cup repeat for Ducks

Wednesday, 09.03.2008 / 9:00 AM / Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Advantage Margin   -47

The physical style that helped the Ducks win the 2007 Stanley Cup cost them last season, as their 408 times shorthanded was by far the most in the NHL. The Ducks were especially bad on the road, where they surrendered 223 advantages, more than 5 per game.

Even-Strength Goals Margin     +17

The Ducks led the NHL by allowing only 100 goals at even strength. Much of the credit has to go to goaltenders Jonas Hiller (2.06 goals-against average) and Jean-Sebastien Giguere (2.12).

Special Teams Goal Margin   -9

Considering the disparity in power plays, the Ducks did well to limit the damage on special teams. The numbers might have been better if Anaheim had converted on more than 14.5 percent of its road power plays.

Goals by defensemen   50

Most of the offense from the blue line came from Chris Pronger (12), Mathieu Schneider (12) and Scott Niedermayer (8 in 48 games). Keeping that threesome together is a challenge for GM Brian Burke.

Overtime Record Total:     12-1-7 | OT: 4-1 | SO: 8-7

No team had more home games go past regulation than the Ducks, who went 10-1-3 at Honda Center when games were tied after 60 minutes, including 7-3 in shootouts.

ANAHEIM DUCKS
2007-08 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2007-08 Points 92 (9th East/16th NHL)
Change from 2006-07 +4
Home Points 52 (4th East/8th NHL)
Away Points 40 (10th East/22th NHL)

Times Scored First 33, Record 26-4-3

The Ducks tied their lowly Southern California rivals, the Los Angeles Kings, for the fewest times scoring the first goal in a game, but still had more than 100 points. Anaheim went 16-1-1 when scoring first at home.

Best 2007-08 Number   85

Non-shootout goals allowed by the Ducks in 41 home games, the fewest in the NHL. The Ducks were especially stingy in the third period at Honda Center, allowing only 16 goals while scoring 40.

Worst 2007-08 Number     197

Goals scored by the Ducks (excluding shootouts), the fewest among any of the 16 Playoff teams. Anaheim had no 30-goal scorers and only three players who reached 20.

Scheduling

The Ducks have three trips of five or more games, including a six-game trek that begins in late February. They also have a four-game swing in late October, but follow that with nine of the next 10 games at home.

Season preview

NORTHEAST

Boston
Buffalo
Montreal
Ottawa
Toronto

SOUTHEAST

Atlanta
Carolina
Florida
Tampa Bay
Washington

Central

Chicago
Columbus
Detroit
Nashville
St. Louis

Northwest

Calgary
Colorado
Edmonton
Minnesota
Vancouver

Pacific

Anaheim
Dallas
Los Angeles
Phoenix
San Jose

 

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