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A Closer Look Into Anaheim's Seven-Game Road Trip

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

By Anaheim Ducks.com

The Ducks are currently on their longest road trip of the season – one that covers seven games over 13 days – that begins Monday, Feb. 8 in Pittsburgh and concludes Thursday, Feb. 18 in Vancouver. It’s a crucial stretch for the Ducks, who are currently in third place in the Pacific Division.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
ARENA:
CONSOL Energy Center
RECORD: 26-18-7, 59 points
STANDINGS: 4th in the Metropolitan Division, 8th in the Eastern Conference
HOME RECORD: 15-7-4
STREAK: Won 1
ALL-TIME RECORD VS. PITTSBURGH: 11-15-3 (3-10-2 at Pittsburgh)

PITTSBURGH CONNECTIONS
John Gibson
– Born in Pittsburgh
Simon Despres – Drafted by Pittsburgh in the first round (30th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft; played parts of four seasons with Pittsburgh, earning 5-28=33 points in 144 games.
David Perron – Played parts of two seasons with Pittsburgh, earning 16-22—38 points in 86 games.

MILESTONES VS. PITTSBURGH
Mike Santorelli
– Made his NHL debut (with Nashville), Jan. 8, 2009 vs. Pittsburgh

ABOUT PITTSBURGH
Pittsburgh is the second-largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with a population of 305,842. Pittsburgh is known as both "the Steel City" for its more than 300 steel-related businesses, as well as "the City of Bridges" for its 446 bridges. One of America's great sports towns, the city is home to the Penguins, Steelers and Pirates. In 2015, Pittsburgh was named on a list of the "eleven most livable cities in the world." Pittsburgh was named in 1758 by General John Forbes, in honor of British statesman William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham.

CONSOL Energy Center became the home of the Penguins in 2010 and was lauded as one of the best arenas in the world, winning both "Best New Major Concert Venue" in the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards and "Best NHL Arena" in the Sports Business Journal reader poll.

Miles Traveled (Honda Center to CONSOL Energy Center): 2,419

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
ARENA:
Wells Fargo Center
RECORD: 23-19-9, 55 points
STANDINGS: 7th in the Metropolitan Division, 12th in the Eastern Conference
HOME RECORD: 12-7-6
STREAK: Lost 1
ALL-TIME RECORD VS. PHILADELPHIA: 14-8-7 (6-4-3 at Philadelphia)

PHILADELPHIA CONNECTIONS
Patrick Maroon
– Drafted by Philadelphia in the sixth round (161st overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft

MILESTONES VS. PHILADELPHIA
Andrew Cogliano
– Earned his 200th career NHL point, Oct. 29, 2013 at Philadelphia.

ABOUT PHILADELPHIA
Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the fifth-most-populous in the United States, with an estimated population in 2014 of 1,560,297. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor of the Delaware Valley, a metropolitan area home to 7.2 million people and the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States. Philadelphia is one of 13 U.S. cities to be home to four professional sports franchises -- the Flyers, Eagles, Phillies and 76ers.

In 1682, William Penn founded the city to serve as capital of the Pennsylvania Colony. Philadelphia played an instrumental role in the American Revolution as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787. Philadelphia was one of the nation's capitals in the Revolutionary War, and served as temporary U.S. capital while Washington, D.C., was under construction.

The Wells Fargo Center, formerly the CoreStates Center, First Union Center and Wachovia Center is home to the Flyers, 76ers and Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League. The Wells Fargo Center was completed in 1996 to replace the Spectrum as the home arena of the Flyers and 76ers, on the former site of John F. Kennedy Stadium (originally Philadelphia Municipal Stadium).

Miles Traveled (CONSOL Energy Center to Wells Fargo Center): 309

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
ARENA:
Nationwide Arena
RECORD: 21-28-5, 47 points
STANDINGS: 8th in the Metropolitan Division, 16th in the Eastern Conference
HOME RECORD: 9-11-4
STREAK: Won 2
ALL-TIME RECORD VS. COLUMBUS: 26-19-7 (12-11-2 at Columbus)

COLUMBUS CONNECTIONS
None


MILESTONES VS. COLUMBUS
Ryan Getzlaf – Earned his first career NHL point (assist), Oct. 14, 2005 vs. Columbus.
Shawn Horcoff – Earned his 400th career NHL point (with Edmonton), March 3, 2011 vs. Columbus.
Ryan Kesler – Earned his 200th career NHL assist (with Vancouver), Nov. 22, 2013 vs. Columbus.
Sami Vatanen – Scored his first career NHL goal (and first career NHL point), April 17, 2013 vs. Columbus.

ABOUT COLUMBUS
Columbus is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Ohio. It is the 15th largest city in the United States, with a population of 835,957. The land modern-day Columbus occupies was once called the Ohio Country, under the control of the French Empire. The area was frequently caught between warring factions, including American Indian and European interests. In the early 1750s George Washington was sent to the Ohio Country by the Ohio Company to survey, and the fight for control of the territory would spark Europe's Seven Years' War with the French and Indian War. During this period the country was routinely engaged in turmoil. Since the late 1800s, the city has gained fame for being home to the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Nationwide Arena has been the home of the Blue Jackets since the franchise's first game in 2000.

Miles Traveled (Wells Fargo Center to Nationwide Arena): 475

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
ARENA:
United Center
RECORD: 36-16-4, 76 points
STANDINGS: 1st in the Central Division, 1st in the Western Conference
HOME RECORD: 21-5-1
STREAK: Won 3
ALL-TIME RECORD VS. CHICAGO: 44-30-11 (21-17-6 at Chicago)

CHICAGO CONNECTIONS
Bruce Boudreau
– Played seven games with Chicago (1985)
Bob Murray – Blackhawks General Manager (1997-99), Assistant General Manager (1995-97), Director of Player Personnel (1991-95), Professional Scout (1990-91). Played his entire 1,008-game, 15-year career in a Chicago uniform (1975-90)
Trent Yawney – Blackhawks Head Coach (2005-06), Norfolk Admirals Head Coach (Chicago’s AHL affiliate at the time, 2000-05), Blackhawks Assistant Coach (1999-00). Drafted by Chicago in the third round (45th overall) of the 1984 NHL Draft, played 280 games with the Blackhawks (1987-91, 1997-99)
Ryan Garbutt – Earned 2-4=6 points in 43 games with Chicago this season.
Josh Manson – Born in Hinsdale, Illinois – a Chicago suburb.

MILESTONES VS. CHICAGO
Kevin Bieksa
– Earned his first career point (assist, with Vancouver), Jan. 5, 2006 at Chicago
Ryan Getzlaf – Made his NHL debut, Oct. 5, 2005 at Chicago
Patrick Maroon – Made his NHL debut, Oct. 25, 2011 at Chicago
Corey Perry – Made his NHL debut (and earned his first career point (assist)), Oct. 5, 2005 at Chicago

ABOUT CHICAGO
Chicago is the third largest city in the United States with a population nearing three million. Home to the Chicago Blackhawks (NHL), Chicago Bulls (NBA), Chicago Sky (WNBA), Chicago Cubs (MLB), Chicago White Sox (MLB), Chicago Bears (NFL), and Chicago Fire (MLS), Chicago has been named as the Best Sports City by Sporting News three times in 1993, 2006 and 2010. The city’s downtown area is known as “The Loop,” which refers to the area encircled by the elevated (‘L’) train tracks. Wear comfortable clothes whenever possible when dining in Chicago, because its iconic culinary staples include pizza, hot dogs and Italian beef.

United Center is located in the Near West Side neighborhood of Chicago and is home to both the Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls of the NBA. The United Center's predecessor was the Chicago Stadium, the original "Madhouse on Madison", which was demolished after the new arena opened for business on August 18, 1994. Due to the 1994–95 NHL lockout, the Blackhawks did not move in until January 1995. The east side of the stadium features statues of Michael Jordan (known as "The Spirit"), Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita, while a statue of various Blackhawks sits to the north on Madison Street, where the Chicago Stadium was located.

Miles Traveled (Nationwide Arena to United Center): 356


CALGARY FLAMES
ARENA:
Scotiabank Saddledome
RECORD: 23-25-3, 49 points
STANDINGS: 6th in the Pacific Division, Tied-12th in the Western Conference
HOME RECORD: 15-11-0
STREAK: Won 1
ALL-TIME RECORD VS. CALGARY: 48-35-9 (16-27-3 at Calgary)

CALGARY CONNECTIONS
Ryan Getzlaf
– Played four years with the Calgary Hitmen (WHL), recording 95-120—215 points in 233 games. The Hitmen retired his jersey, which now sits in the rafters of the Saddledome.
Trent Yawney – Spent five seasons with Calgary (1991-96), recording 11-45—56 points with 368 penalty minutes in 274 games.
Dwayne Roloson – Spent two seasons with Calgary (1996-98), posting a 20-30-11 record with a 2.95 GAA, .893 SV% and one shutout.

MILESTONES VS. CALGARY
Ryan Kesler
– Scored his first career NHL goal (with Vancouver), Nov. 29, 2003 at Calgary

ABOUT CALGARY

Calgary is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada, situated at the confluence of the Bow River and the Elbow River in the south of the province, in an area of foothills and prairie. In the 2011 census, the City of Calgary had a population of 1,096,833 and a metropolitan population of 1,214,839, making it the largest city in Alberta. In 1988, Calgary became the first Canadian city to host the Olympic Winter Games. Calgary's best-known event is the Calgary Stampede, which has occurred each July since 1912. It is one of the largest festivals in Canada, with a 2005 attendance of 1,242,928 at the 10-day rodeo and exhibition.

Located on the Stampede Grounds, on the southeast end of downtown Calgary, the Scotiabank Saddledome was built in 1983 to replace the Stampede Corral as the home of the Flames and to host ice hockey and figure skating at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Today the arena is also home to the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League and the Calgary Roughnecks of the National Lacrosse League.

Miles Traveled (United Center to Scotiabank Saddledome): 1,598

EDMONTON OILERS
ARENA:
Rexall Place
RECORD: 21-28-5, 47 points
STANDINGS: 7th in the Pacific Division, 14th in the Western Conference
HOME RECORD: 14-10-1
STREAK: Lost 2
ALL-TIME RECORD VS. EDMONTON: 50-35-8 (23-19-4 at Edmonton)

EDMONTON CONNECTIONS
Andrew Cogliano
– Drafted by Edmonton in the first round (25th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft, recorded 57-89—146 points with 137 PIM in 328 games (2007-2011)
Shawn Horcoff – Spent 12 years with Edmonton (2000-2013), recording 162-285—447 points with 511 PIM in 796 games
David Perron – Played two seasons with Edmonton, recording 33-43—76 points with 110 PIM in 116 games (2013-15)
Dwayne Roloson – Spent four seasons with Edmonton (2005-09), leading the Oilers to a Stanley Cup Final appearance (2006). Went 78-82-24 with a 2.78 GAA, .909 SV% and six shutouts.

MILESTONES VS. EDMONTON
Kevin Bieksa
– Recorded his 100th NHL assist on Nov. 2, 2010 in EDM (with Vancouver). Recorded his 200th NHL point Apr. 4, 2013 vs. EDM (with Vancouver)
Andrew Cogliano – Appeared in his 600th consecutive NHL game, Feb. 21, 2014 at EDM
Patrick Maroon
– Appeared in his 100th NHL game, Dec. 12, 2014 at EDM
Corey Perry - Recorded his first NHL goal (Oct. 10, 2005), 200th NHL goal (Mar. 5, 2012) and 600th NHL point (Apr. 1, 2015) vs. EDM

ABOUT EDMONTON

Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta. It is located on the North Saskatchewan River and is the center of the Edmonton Capital Region, which is surrounded by Alberta's Central Region. The city had a population of 877,926 in the 2014 census, making it Alberta's second-largest city and Canada's fifth-largest municipality. Edmonton hosts a year-round slate of festivals, reflected in the nickname "Canada's Festival City". It is home to North America's largest mall, West Edmonton Mall (the world's largest mall from 1981 until 2004), and Fort Edmonton Park, Canada's largest living history museum.

Rexall Place is currently the home to the Oilers and the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL. The arena opened in 1974 as Northlands Coliseum and was later known as Edmonton Coliseum and Skyreach Centre. It is the second oldest NHL arena behind Madison Square Garden, which opened in 1968. Construction began on a new arena for the Oilers, Rogers Place, in March 2014, and the facility is expected to open before the 2016–17 NHL season.

Miles Traveled (Scotiabank Saddledome to Rexall Place): 189

VANCOUVER CANUCKS
ARENA:
Rogers Arena
RECORD: 20-20-12, 52 points
STANDINGS: 5th in the Pacific Division, 11th in the Western Conference
HOME RECORD: 11-10-7
STREAK: Lost 1
ALL-TIME RECORD VS. VANCOUVER: 41-36-18 (22-21-5 at Vancouver)

VANCOUVER CONNECTIONS
Kevin Bieksa
– Drafted by Vancouver in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft, recorded 56-185—241 points with 879 PIM in 597 games (2005-2015)
Ryan Kesler – Drafted by Vancouver in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft, recorded 182-211—393 points with 594 PIM in 655 games (2003-14)
Mike Santorelli – Spent one year with Vancouver, recording 10-18—28 points with six PIM in 49 games

MILESTONES VS. VANCOUVER
Ryan Getzlaf –
Recorded his 400th career NHL assist, Jan. 15, 2014 vs. Vancouver
John Gibson – Appeared in his first NHL game, nabbing his first NHL win and recording his first NHL shutout, April 7, 2014 at Vancouver
Shawn Horcoff – Recorded his 300th career NHL assist (with Dallas), Oct. 21, 2014 vs. Vancouver
Rickard Rakell – Appeared in his first career NHL game, Jan. 19, 2013 at Vancouver
Nate Thompson – Recorded his 100th career NHL point, March 9, 2015 at Vancouver
Todd Marchant – Became the 31st U.S.-born player to appear in 1,000 NHL games, Dec. 22, 2008 at Vancouver.

ABOUT VANCOUVER

Vancouver is a coastal seaport city on the mainland of British Columbia. The 2011 census recorded 603,502 people in the city, making it the eighth-largest Canadian municipality. The Greater Vancouver area of around 2.4 million inhabitants is the third-most populous metropolitan area in the country, the second largest city on the United States–Canada border and the most populous in Western Canada. Vancouver is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada; 52% of its residents have a first language other than English. Vancouver has hosted many international conferences and events, including the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics which were held in Vancouver and Whistler, a resort community 78 miles north of the city.

Rogers Arena is located in the downtown area of Vancouver. It was known as General Motors Place (GM Place) when it opened in 1995 until July 6, 2010, when General Motors Canada ended its naming rights sponsorship and a new agreement for those rights was reached with Rogers Communications. Rogers Arena was built to replace Pacific Coliseum as Vancouver's primary indoor sports facility and in part due to the National Basketball Association's 1995 expansion into Canada, when Vancouver and Toronto were given expansion teams. In addition to the Canucks, it hosted the ice hockey events at the 2010 Winter Olympics, when the name of the arena temporarily became Canada Hockey Place. It was previously home to the Vancouver Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association from 1995 to 2001.

Miles Traveled (Rexall Place to Rogers Arena): 720


*City facts courtesy of Wikipedia
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