Round 3
Stanley Cup Final

Ducks earned 'road warrior' moniker in 2008-09

Monday, 09.14.2009 / 3:00 AM / 2009-2010 Season Preview

By John Kreiser - Columnist


Category Rank (Conference)
2008-09 Points 91
(8TH WEst/17TH NHL)
Change from 2007-08 -11
Home Points 43
(13th WEst/24th NHL)
Away Points 48
(4tH WEst/6tH NHL)
Advantage Margin            -76
The Ducks didn't dole out power plays quite as actively as they did in 2007-08, but they continue to be one of the NHL's busiest penalty-killing teams. The 185 power plays they allowed at home were the second-highest total in the NHL.

Even-Strength Goals Margin        +12

When the sides were even, the Ducks were at their best in the opening period, outscoring their opponents 54-41. Opponents outscored Anaheim at even strength in both the second and third periods.
Special Teams Goal Margin        -7
The Ducks were fifth in power-play percentage, but because they received so few power plays (309) and allowed so many (385), their special teams gave up more goals than they produced. Teemu Selanne had 16 PPGs in just 65 games.

Goals by defensemen            38
The Ducks hope Scott Niedermayer (14 goals, 59 points) will continue to be as productive as usual, but they'll need someone to step up and replace the production from Chris Pronger (11 goals), who was traded to Philadelphia.

Overtime Record            
Total: 12-4-3 (OT: 5-4, SO: 7-3)

The Ducks were superb in shootouts on the road, winning six of seven while scoring on 11 of 23 attempts. At home, they were just 1-2 and scored only three times in 20 tries.

Times Scored First           
43 (Record: 34-6-3)

Not surprisingly, since they were so good away from home, the Ducks excelled in getting the first goal of the game on the road -- they did it 24 times and ended up 19-4-1 in those games.        

Best 08-09 Number             15-5-2
Ducks' record from March 1 to the end of the regular season. Anaheim closed strong and made the playoffs, then shocked the San Jose Sharks, the Presidents' Trophy winners, in the opening round.

Worst 08-09 Number          3.10
Goals-against average posted by Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who began the season as the Ducks' starting goaltender but lost that job during the season and spent the playoffs watching Jonas Hiller perhaps take the position permanently.
The Ducks account for nearly half of their games at Honda Center in three homestands. They play six in a row at home in late October, seven straight in November-December and seven more in a row at home from March 7-21.

Quote of the Day

That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.

— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3