By Kyle Shohara
The Ducks will be away from the comforts of Southern California for the next week as they begin a five-game road trip through the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. Their journey begins Friday night against the Edmonton Oilers, the team they defeated 2-1 at Honda Center on Wednesday night. From there, they head to Winnipeg for a rematch against the Jets at MTS Centre, where they came away with a 4-3 overtime victory on Sunday. They’ll spend three days in Toronto before closing out the trip with a set of back-to-backs in Montreal (Thursday) and Ottawa (Friday).
In all, the Ducks will travel 7,159 miles, equivalent to the distance from Anaheim to Brisbane, Australia (7,193 miles). Distance-wise, it’s the longest road trip of the season. Anaheim has two more five-game road trips that equal 7,136 and 7,123 miles, respectively.
Below is a closer look at each of the five opponents, starting with Edmonton.EDMONTON OILERS
7-17-5, 19 pointsSTANDINGS:
7th in the Pacific Division, 14th in the Western ConferenceHOME RECORD:
Lost 2ALL-TIME RECORD VS. EDMONTON:
46-35-7 (20-19-4 at Edmonton)
: Eric Brewer – Played four seasons with the Oilers (2000-04).
Ilya Bryzgalov – Played one season with the Oilers (2013-14).
Andrew Cogliano – Drafted by Edmonton in the first round (25th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft. Cogliano never missed a game with the Oilers (328 games) – a streak that continues to this day (570 and counting).
Mark Fistric – Edmonton native who spent one season with the Oilers (2012-13) before signing as a free agent with Anaheim on Aug. 20, 2013.
Jason LaBarbera – Played one season with the Oilers (2013-14).ABOUT THE CITY:
Edmonton is the capital city of the province of Alberta, Canada. Sometimes called Canada's “Gateway to the North,” Edmonton is the farthest north of Canada's large cities and has a population of approximately 877,000. Edmonton is the home of the West Edmonton Mall – the largest shopping mall in North America and the tenth largest in the world (along with The Dubai Mall) by gross leasable area. With over 800 stores and more than 20,000 parking spaces, the West Edmonton Mall receives approximately 32.2 million visitors per year.DUCKS-OILERS:
Anaheim pushed its winning streak to five games with a 2-1 victory against the Oilers at Honda Center on Wednesday. The win improved the club’s record to 19-6-5. The victory was also Anaheim’s fifth consecutive against the Oilers, a new franchise high. Matt Beleskey collected his 14th goal to match Corey Perry for the team lead and Ryan Kesler pushed his goal streak to three games with his 10th goal and eventual second game-winning goal of the season. Hampus Lindholm collected an assist on Kesler’s goal to extend his point/assist streak to a career-high four games (0-4=4), while Kyle Palmieri notched his third assist of the season on the Beleskey tally to improve his point streak to a career-tying three games (1-3=4). In his career-high 16th consecutive start, Frederik Andersen stopped 21-of-22 shots for his 15th win of the season. Andersen also earned his third career NHL assist, his second of the season, on Kesler’s goal.WINNIPEG JETS
15-9-6, 36 pointsSTANDINGS:
4th in the Central Division, 7th in the Western ConferenceHOME RECORD:
OT 1ALL-TIME RECORD VS. WINNIPEG:
10-7-1 (6-3-0 at Winnipeg/Atlanta)WINNIPEG CONNECTIONS:
Mark Fistric – Played one season with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose (2008-09).
Dany Heatley – Drafted by Atlanta in the first round (second overall) of the 2000 NHL Draft. Played three seasons with the Thrashers (2001-04).
Ryan Kesler – Played two seasons for the Manitoba Moose (2003-05).
Colby Robak – Born in Dauphin, ManitobaABOUT THE CITY:
Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba. It is located near the longitudinal center of North America, at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. Its name derives from the Western Cree words for "muddy waters.” Known as the “Gateway to the West,” Winnipeg is a culturally diverse city with approximately 100 languages and nationalities represented throughout the region. The city is known for its cultural achievement and arts scene, as well as its access to outdoor activities. Winnipeg has a population of around 708,000, making it Canada’s seventh largest city. Winnipeg is home to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. Festivals include Festival du Voyageur, Folklorama and the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Winnipeg also boasts the world’s largest collection of Inuit Art.DUCKS-JETS:
On Sunday, the Ducks concluded a two-game road trip with a 4-3 OT victory in Winnipeg, courtesy of Kyle Palmieri’s second career overtime goal 53 seconds into the extra frame. The win extended Anaheim’s winning streak to four games in their league-leading 11th game to go past regulation time, becoming the first NHL team to 40 standings points in 2014-15 (41, 18-6-5). Ryan Getzlaf paced all skaters with a season-high three assists (0-3=3), including the primary helper on Palmieri's OT winner. Several Ducks extended their point streaks to match or surpass personal bests, including Cam Fowler (0-1=1, career-high five-game point streak), Jakob Silfverberg (1-0=1, career-tying four-game point streak) and Hampus Lindholm (0-1=1, career-tying three-game point/assist streak). Goal scorers also included Rene Bourque with his first as a Duck and Ryan Kesler with his ninth of the season. Stopping 27-of-30 shots, Frederik Andersen picked up his 14th win in his 15th consecutive start.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Air Canada CentreRECORD:
16-9-3, 35 pointsSTANDINGS:
4th in the Atlantic Division, 6th in the Eastern ConferenceHOME RECORD:
Won 3ALL-TIME RECORD VS. TORONTO:
9-20-5 (3-12-4 at Toronto)
Francois Beauchemin – Played two seasons with the Maple Leafs (2009-11) before being acquired by Anaheim for Joffrey Lupul, Jake Gardiner and a conditional fourth-round selection in the 2013 NHL Draft, Feb. 9, 2011.
Matt Beleskey – Appeared in three games with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies (2009-10).
Andrew Cogliano – Born in Toronto and spends his summers in nearby Woodbridge, Ontario.
Devante Smith-Pelly – Born in Scarborough, Ontario and resides in Toronto in the offseason. Smith-Pelly played junior hockey with Mississauga of the Ontario Hockey League (2008-11).ABOUT THE CITY:
Toronto is the most populous city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario. It is located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. With a population of approximately 2.8 million people, Toronto also stands as the fourth largest city in North America. Serving as Canada's commercial capital, it is home to the Toronto Stock Exchange and the headquarters of Canada's five largest banks. Toronto is also home to more than 80 film festivals, 200 professional performing arts organizations, and internationally recognized symphony, ballet and opera companies. Toronto hosts seven major sports teams, including the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association and Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. The city has also been home to the Hockey Hall of Fame since 1958.DUCKS-MAPLE LEAFS:
This will mark the first of a two-game season series with the Maple Leafs. The Ducks have had their struggles over the years against the Maple Leafs, who own a 12-3-4 record all-time vs. Anaheim at Air Canada Centre. These two teams last met March 10, 2014, a 3-1 Maple Leafs victory at Honda Center. Dany Heatley leads the Ducks in career scoring vs. Toronto, with 51 points (27g/24a) in 41 games. In fact, only Montreal has the distinction of being Heatley’s most victimized team (he has 52 points in 43 games). MONTREAL CANADIENS
18-10-2, 38 pointsSTANDINGS:
3rd in the Atlantic Division, 5th in the Eastern ConferenceHOME RECORD:
Won 1ALL-TIME RECORD VS. MONTREAL:
10-10-4 (5-5-2 at Montreal)MONTREAL CONNECTIONS:
Francois Beauchemin – Hails from Sorel, Quebec. Drafted by Montreal in the third round (75th overall) of the 1998 NHL Draft. ABOUT THE CITY:
Montreal is the largest city in the Canadian province of Quebec. Founded in 1642, Montreal has grown to become the second largest city in Canada and the ninth largest in North America. Originally called Ville-Marie, or “City of Mary,” Montreal is named after Mount Royal, the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city. The city has a population of approximately 1.68 million people. French is the city's official language. Montreal is one of the most bilingual cities in Quebec and Canada with 56% of the population able to speak both English and French. In addition, Montreal is the second largest primarily French-speaking city in the world, after Paris. Linked to numerous ports around the world, Montreal is the leading North American container port on the North Atlantic market. Over the past 10 years, the Port of Montreal has handled an average of 20 million tons of cargo each year.DUCKS-CANADIENS:
The first of a two-game season series will begin in Montreal as the Ducks hope to end a two-game losing streak against the Canadiens. The Ducks haven’t beaten the Canadiens since Nov. 30, 2011, a 4-1 victory at Honda Center. Montreal swept the two games last season, a 4-1 win on Oct. 24, 2013 at Bell Centre and a 4-3 shootout victory, March 5, 2014 in Anaheim. Despite these losses, the Ducks are 6-2-2 in their past 10 games against Montreal. Dany Heatley leads all Ducks in career scoring vs. Montreal, with 52 points (25g/27a) in 43 games. OTTAWA SENATORS
Canadian Tire CentreRECORD:
11-12-5, 27 pointsSTANDINGS:
7th in the Atlantic Division, 11th in the Eastern ConferenceHOME RECORD:
Lost 1ALL-TIME RECORD VS. OTTAWA:
14-7-4 (7-4-1 at Ottawa)OTTAWA CONNECTIONS:
Dany Heatley – Played four seasons with Ottawa (2005-09).
Jakob Silfverberg – Drafted by Ottawa in the second round (39th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. Played one season with the Senators (2012-13) before being acquired by Anaheim, along with Stefan Noesen and a first-round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft in exchange for Bobby Ryan, July 5, 2013.ABOUT THE CITY:
Ottawa is the capital of Canada. With a population of over 1.2 million, it stands as the fourth largest city in Canada. Ottawa rests on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of Southern Ontario. Founded in 1826, the city has evolved into a political and technological center of Canada. Ottawa is home to well-known tech companies such as Nortel Networks, Alcatel, Cognos, Tundra, Cisco, MDS Nordion and Entrust. In all, Ottawa has more than 1,800 advanced technology companies employing 76,000-plus employees. With the highest-educated workforce in Canada, Ottawa has more engineers, scientists and PhDs per capita than any other city in the country. Ottawa is also the home of government organizations such as the Government of Canada, Parliament, the Senate, and the Supreme Court of Canada. The Rideau Canal is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America, one the Ducks skated on in January, 2006. At the time, the Ducks were believed to be the first NHL team outside of the Senators to hold a scrimmage on the canal.DUCKS-SENATORS:
The Senators will always hold a special place in the hearts of Ducks fans, for it was them whom the Ducks defeated in five games to win the Stanley Cup in 2007. Anaheim’s success against the Sens isn’t just in the postseason. The Ducks carry a 14-7-4 overall record into their game on Dec. 19 in Ottawa, including a 7-4-1 mark at Canadian Tire Centre. Anaheim has won the last four meetings against the Senators, most recently a 2-1 victory on Oct. 25, 2013 at Ottawa. The season series will conclude at Honda Center on Feb. 25. Corey Perry leads active Ducks in scoring vs. Ottawa, with 11 points (6g/5a) in eight games.