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A Look into Anaheim's Five-Game Road Trip

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

By Kyle Shohara and AJ Manderichio

Embarking on one of their longest road trips of the season, the Ducks are looking to build off a morale-boosting 4-1 victory Sunday night at home vs. Minnesota. The win couldn’t have come at a better time, with the team currently in Nashville for the start of a five-game road trip through the heart of the Central Division.

Following tonight’s game at Bridgestone Arena, the Ducks will travel to Minnesota to take on the Wild on Saturday. From there, they’ll head to Chicago for a meeting with the Blackhawks at United Center for the first time since Game 6 of the Western Conference Final. Immediately following the game, they’ll travel to Dallas to close out their first back-to-back set of the season, and finally finish off the trip in St. Louis on October 29.

(Note: Records, standings and stats as of October 24).

Bridgestone Arena
RECORD: 6-1-0, 12 points
STANDINGS: Tied-1st in the Central Division, tied-1st in the Western Conference
ALL-TIME RECORD VS. NASHVILLE: 25-20-7 (12-12-2 at Nashville)

Mike Santorelli
– Drafted by Nashville in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft, played 54 games with the Predators (2008-10, 2015)

Cam Fowler
– Earned his first career NHL point (assist), Oct. 9, 2010 at Nashville
Shawn Horcoff – Made his NHL debut and earned his first career NHL point (assist, with Edmonton), Dec. 6, 2000 vs. Nashville
Patrick Maroon – Earned his first career NHL goal (and point), Feb. 16, 2013 at Nashville

THE 411:
Known as “Smashville” to Predators fans, Nashville is the capital of Tennessee. Also known as Music City, Nashville is home to several historic country music venues, such as the Grand Ole Opry House, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Belcourt Theatre, and Ryman Auditorium. The city also plays host to the Nashville Film Festival every April – a weeklong festival that features hundreds of independent films, and is considered one of the largest in the southern United States. Bridgestone Arena is where the Predators call home, which first opened its doors in 1996. With a capacity of 17,113 for hockey, Bridgestone Arena will host the 2016 NHL All-Star Game in January.

Miles Traveled (Honda Center to Bridgestone Arena): 1,999

Xcel Energy Center
RECORD: 4-1-1, 9 points
STANDINGS: 4th in the Central Division, 4th in the Western Conference
ALL-TIME RECORD VS. MINNESOTA: 27-17-9 (11-9-7 at Minnesota)

Tim Jackman
– Played two years at Minnesota State – Mankato (WCHA, 2000-02). Jackman became the first player from the school to be selected in the NHL Draft (2001, Columbus, second round, 38th overall)
Anton Khudobin – Drafted by Minnesota in the seventh round (206th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft, played six games with the Wild (2009-11)
Chris Stewart – Played 20 games with the Wild (2015)
Clayton Stoner – Drafted by Minnesota in the third round (79th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft, played 227 games with the Wild (2009-2014)

Ryan Getzlaf
– Appeared in his 700th career NHL game, March 13, 2015 at Minnesota
Tim Jackman – Made his NHL debut (with Columbus), Dec. 20, 2003 at Minnesota
Mike Santorelli – Earned his first career NHL goal (and point, with Nashville), Oct. 28, 2009 at Minnesota
Chris Stewart – Appeared in his 400th career NHL game (with Buffalo), Nov. 13, 2014 at Minnesota
Sami Vatanen – Made his NHL debut, Feb. 1, 2013 vs. Minnesota

THE 411:  Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Xcel Energy Center is the home of the Minnesota Wild. A four-level multi-purpose arena, the “X” (as it is often referred to as) has a capacity of 18,064 for hockey and 20,554 for center stage concerts. The arena served as the official home of the 2008 Republican National Convention. Patrons walking the concourses will see every high school hockey jersey in Minnesota, which is appropriately nicknamed the “State of Hockey.”

Miles Traveled (Bridgestone Arena to Xcel Energy Center): 877

United Center
RECORD: 4-3-0, 8 points
STANDINGS: Tied-5th in the Central Division, tied-5th in the Western Conference
ALL-TIME RECORD VS. CHICAGO: 44-30-9 (21-17-5 at Chicago)

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)
Josh Manson – Born in Hinsdale, Illinois, a Chicago suburb

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.

THE 411: 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.

Miles Traveled (Xcel Energy Center to United Center): 402

American Airlines Center
RECORD: 6-1-0, 12 points
STANDINGS: 1st in the Central Division, 1st in the Western Conference
ALL-TIME RECORD VS. DALLAS: 41-61-11 (16-34-7 at Dallas)

Bruce Boudreau
– Played parts of two seasons (80 games) with the Dallas Black Hawks of the Central Hockey League (1976-78)
Shawn Horcoff – Played 153 games with Dallas (2013-15)

Frederik Andersen
– Made his NHL debut (and earned his first NHL win), Oct. 20, 2013 vs. Dallas
Josh Manson – Made his NHL debut, Oct. 31, 2014 at Dallas
Chris Stewart – Made his NHL debut (with Colorado) Dec. 5, 2008 at Dallas

THE 411: The Stars are certainly big and bright in the heart of Texas, as Dallas features two of the most dynamic scorers in the league in Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. The two call American Airlines Center home, a building they share with the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. The arena hosted the 2007 NHL All-Star Game, where then-Anaheim Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle led the Western Conference team (with Teemu Selanne and Andy McDonald) to a 12-9 victory. The city itself is home to some of sports’ biggest events, including college football’s annual Red River Shootout between the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners.

American Airlines Center also houses one of the top moments in Ducks playoff history. A Nick Bonino overtime goal in Game 6 of the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs capped a two-goal comeback by the Ducks, who advanced past the opening round for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

Miles Traveled (United Center to American Airlines Center): 927

Scottrade Center
RECORD: 5-2-0, 10 points
STANDINGS: 3rd in the Central Division, 3rd in the Western Conference
STREAK: Lost 1
ALL-TIME RECORD VS. ST. LOUIS: 38-33-10 (15-18-8 at St. Louis)

Paul MacLean
– Played 116 games with St. Louis (1980, 1989-91)
Trent Yawney – Played 39 games with St. Louis (1996-97)
Patrick Maroon – Born in St. Louis
Chris Stewart – Played parts of four NHL seasons (211 games) with St. Louis (2010-2014); Recorded his 100th career NHL goal, 100th career NHL assist and 200th career NHL point with St. Louis

Frederik Andersen – Recorded his first NHL shutout (28 saves), Oct. 19, 2014 vs. St. Louis

THE 411: Standing high above the city, the Gateway Arch will welcome the Ducks on October 29 for the first of two regular season meetings in St. Louis. Built as an ode to Thomas Jefferson, the arch represents the city’s position as the gateway to the West. It’s not just a moniker – the city houses one of the largest ports in the entire nation while also boasting the second-largest metropolitan area in the country. The Blues share the area with the 11-time World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals and the three-time Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams. St. Louis also holds the distinction of being the first non-European city to host the Olympic Games, housing the Summer Olympics in 1904.

Miles Traveled (American Airlines Center to Scottrade Center): 629
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