By Kyle Shohara
After opening the season with a four-game road trip, and then enjoying the comforts of home for five consecutive contests at Honda Center, the Ducks have packed their suitcases yet again for another four-game trek in the early stages of the 2014-15 season.
Traveling is part of everyday life for an NHL team, and the Ducks are certainly near the top after every season when it comes to miles traveled. They’re opening four-gamer was an East Coast swing that saw them win the final three (Detroit, Buffalo, Philadelphia) after losing their season opener in Pittsburgh. The momentum carried over into their five-game homestand that saw the Ducks win four-of-five and seven in a row overall.
This current road trip will include stops in Chicago (Tuesday), St. Louis (Thursday), Dallas (Friday) and Colorado (Sunday). All four teams qualified for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. October 28
DUCKS AT CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (5-2-1)
The Ducks and Blackhawks battled for Western Conference supremacy for the past few seasons, and this season figures to be no different. Anaheim is 20-17-5 all-time at United Center, including a 5-3-2 record over the past 10 games. Last season, the Ducks split the two-game series at Chicago (3-2 shootout win on Dec. 6, 2013). The Ducks and Hawks will face one another two more times this season, with both contests taking place at Honda Center (November 28 and January 30). Anaheim’s all-time record against this Original Six opponent is 43-28-9.WHO TO WATCHFOR THE DUCKS
The captain leads all active Ducks in career scoring vs. Chicago. Getzlaf has 27 points (7g/20a) in 30 career games against the Blackhawks, including three points (2g/1a) in three games last season.
Ranks second behind Getzlaf in all-time scoring vs. Chicago, with 29 points (13g/16a) in 32 games. Perry had a goal and an assist in three games last season against the Blackhawks.
In his career, Kesler has earned more penalty minutes against the Blackhawks than any other club. He enters the game with 55 PIMs in 33 career games, with 12 of those occurring on Jan. 29, 2014 (Kesler received two for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct). In terms of scoring, Kesler has 15 points (8g/7a) all-time vs. Chicago.FOR THE BLACKHAWKS
Known as “Hoss,” Hossa is averaging nearly a point-per-game against the Ducks in his career. The 35-year-old has earned 28 points (19g/9a) in 31 games against Anaheim, including five points (3g/2a) in three games last season. Hossa recorded more points against Anaheim than any other team last season.
One of the true snipers in the league has done considerable damage to the Ducks over his 12-year NHL career. Sharp has 14 goals and 25 points in 28 games vs. Anaheim, but only had one point (assist) in three games last season.
The veteran center is in his first season with the Hawks, but his work against the Ducks is impressive. Richards has 11 goals and 22 points in 26 career games vs. Anaheim, though he went scoreless in two games last season as a member of the New York Rangers.HIGHLIGHTS VS. CHICAGO
Earned his 100th point (assist) as a Duck, Nov. 25, 2011 vs. Chicago.Ryan Getzlaf:
Made his NHL debut, Oct. 5, 2005 at Chicago.Dany Heatley:
Appeared in his 800th career NHL game (with Minnesota), Oct. 28, 2013 vs. 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.October 30
DUCKS AT ST. LOUIS BLUES (3-3-1)
The second game of Anaheim's road trip takes them to St. Louis, where the Ducks have won two straight dating back to the 2012-13 season. The Ducks have fared well against this Central Division powerhouse, having won six of the past seven contests, including a sweep of the three-game season series in 2013-14 and a 3-0 shutout victory on October 19 of this season at Honda Center. The Ducks are 15-17-8 all-time at Scottrade Center, and 37-32-10 overall. The season series will conclude on January 2 at Honda Center.WHO TO WATCHFOR THE DUCKS
The "Anders Mountain" earned his first career shutout in a 28-save performance on October 19 vs. St. Louis. Andersen remains undefeated against St. Louis, with a 3-0-0 record, 1.33 goals-against average and .957 save percentage. The 26-year-old has only given up four goals in those games, spanning 179:49.Ryan Getzlaf:
With his two-assist night on October 19, Getzlaf now has 27 points (6g/21a) in 30 career games vs. St. Louis. Getzlaf racked up four points (2g/2a) in three games against the Blues last season.
Perry ranks second behind Getzlaf in career scoring vs. St. Louis. In 31 games, the Peterborough, Ontario native has amassed 18 points (8g/10a), including 51 penalty minutes. Perry earned a goal and an assist in three games last season.
The young blueliner found himself amongst good company when he became just the sixth Ducks defenseman to score two power-play goals in a single game in Anaheim’s 3-0 victory on October 19. The five others are Lubomir Visnovsky, Chris Pronger, Scott Niedermayer, Jason Marshall and Fredrik Olausson. His multi-goal effort was the first of his career.FOR THE BLUES
The pesky veteran forward has done his best work against the Ducks over his 12-year NHL career. Not only has he racked up 96 penalty minutes against Anaheim (mostly as a member of the Dallas Stars), but the 32-year-old has earned more points (26) against the Ducks than any other team. His 51 games against the Ducks are also his most against any opponent. Oddly enough, Ott has gone scoreless in his past three games against Anaheim, and is a combined minus-5 in those games.
The Blues captain has 18 points (11g/7a) against Anaheim in 27 career games. His 11 goals are the most among active players on the Blues roster. Backes has spent his entire career with the Blues, but has gone pointless in the past three games against Anaheim.
Blues forward TJ Oshie has seven goals and 14 points in 16 career games against the Ducks. Oshie had two helpers in three games vs. Anaheim last season.HIGHLIGHTS VS. ST. LOUIS Matt Beleskey:
Recorded his first career two-goal game, April 9, 2010 at St. Louis.Andrew Cogliano:
Appeared in his 509th consecutive appearance on Jan. 18, 2014 at St. Louis, surpassing Murray Murdoch (1926-27 to 1936-37) for sole possession of fourth on a five-player list of players who have played in 500 straight games from the start of their NHL careers.
DUCKS AT DALLAS STARS (4-2-2)
American Airlines Center
Since their inaugural 1993-94 season, the Ducks are 1-2-4 all-time on games played on Halloween. In fact, the Ducks have three consecutive shootout losses on Halloween (last: Oct. 31, 2013 at Boston). Though American Airlines Center in Dallas has been a house of horrors for the Ducks, who have 14 wins in 55 games (14-34-7), it was the building that staged one of the most dramatic comebacks in Ducks postseason franchise history. The win (5-4 OT victory in Game 6) was the latest multi-goal comeback in Ducks playoff franchise history, and the club became the fifth NHL team since 1977 to rally from a multiple-goal deficit in the final 2:10 of regulation to win a playoff game. The season series continues with games at Dallas on March 1 and Honda Center on April 8 (Fan Appreciation Night).WHO TO WATCHFOR THE DUCKS
The fluid blueliner has found success against the Stars over the course of his five-year NHL career. Fowler has 11 points (1g/10a) in 18 career games against the Stars, the second-highest point total against any opponent in his career (12 points in 21 games vs. Arizona). The 22-year-old had two assists in three games vs. Dallas in 2013-14.
In 50 career games against Dallas, Getzlaf has recorded 40 points (8g/32a), including five points (1g/4a) in the three-game regular season series in 2013-14.
The 33-year-old veteran has found success against the Stars over the course of his career, with 27 points (7g/20a) in 30 games, though he only earned one point (assist) in four games vs. Dallas last season as a member of the Minnesota Wild.
Anaheim’s big offseason acquisition has 10 goals and 20 points in 28 career games against the Stars, all as a member of the Vancouver Canucks.
His 20 assists against the Stars are the most against any team in his NHL career. Perry also has 15 goals in 51 career games vs. Dallas.FOR THE STARS
The Stars captain ranks second among active Dallas roster players, with 16 points (5g/11a) in 24 career games vs. Anaheim. Benn tallied a goal and an assist in three games against the Ducks last season.
Offense from the blueline is the name of the game for this mobile defenseman, who has racked up 14 points (5g/9a) in 20 career games vs. Anaheim. Though he went scoreless in three games in 2013-14, you can expect Goligoski to be heavily involved in the offensive attack for the Stars.
The veteran forward is in his first season with the Stars, but has found success against Anaheim over the course of his career. Hemsky has 19 points (7g/12a) in 27 regular season games vs. Anaheim, most of which as a member of the Edmonton Oilers (2002-14).HIGHLIGHTS VS. DALLAS
Made his NHL debut (and earned his first career victory) in a 6-3 contest, Oct. 20, 2013 vs. Dallas.Matt Beleskey:
Appeared in his 200th career NHL game, April 3, 2013 vs. Dallas.Emerson Etem:
Earned a single-game career high five penalty minutes, April 5, 2013 vs. Dallas.Cam Fowler:
Scored his second career overtime goal, March 23, 2011 at Dallas (4-3 victory).Tim Jackman:
Appeared in his 400th career NHL game, Nov. 14, 2013 vs. Dallas.Ryan Kesler:
Appeared in his 600th career NHL game (with Vancouver), Nov. 17, 2013 vs. Dallas.Clayton Stoner:
Earned a career-best plus-5 rating (with Minnesota), March 25, 2013 at Dallas.
DUCKS AT COLORADO AVALANCHE (2-4-3)
Anaheim’s four-game road trip culminates with a matchup against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Few can forget the events that transpired in the 2013-14 season opener in Denver, when the glass partition separating the two benches nearly gave way during a heated argument between head coaches Bruce Boudreau and Patrick Roy. Tensions have settled since then, and the Ducks went on to win the final two regular season meetings. The Ducks are 14-16-7 all-time at Pepsi Center dating back to the Avalanche’s inaugural 1995-96 season.
WHO TO WATCHFOR THE DUCKS
Since entering the league in 2010, Fowler has earned eight points (1g/7a) in 13 career games vs. Colorado. Fowler earned two assists in three games against the Avs last season, though he suffered a lower-body injury in the March 14 contest at Pepsi Center, which sidelined him for the next 12 games.
Averaging nearly a point per game in his career vs. Colorado, Getzlaf has 30 points (10g/20a) in 31 games. He had two points (both assists) in two games last season.
29 games, 29 points for the veteran sniper in his career vs. Colorado. Of his 29 points, 21 have been assists.
Like Getzlaf, Perry has 10 career goals against the Avs, in addition to 14 assists in 31 career games.FOR THE AVALANCHE
The veteran forward has had legendary battles against the Ducks over the course of his respected NHL career. Fans from the Mighty Ducks era can recall his bout with defenseman Francois Beauchemin just a minute into Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on May 1, 2006 in Anaheim. Iginla has recorded 28 goals and 59 points in 64 career games vs. Anaheim. Of his 28 goals, 11 have come on the power play and six have served as game winners.
The second overall pick of the 2011 NHL Draft has had success against Anaheim in his young NHL career. Landeskog, who became the youngest captain in NHL history (19 years, 286 days) on Sept. 4, 2012, has earned nine points (3g/6a) in nine career games vs. Anaheim.
The former San Jose Shark has 12 points in 21 career games against the Ducks, including nine goals.
The 34-year-old veteran is in his second tenure with the Avalanche after being selected 12th overall by Colorado in the 1998 NHL Draft. During his time with the Avs, Flames, Canadiens and Lightning, Tanguay has tallied 36 points (9g/27a) in 39 career games vs. Anaheim.HIGHLIGHTS VS. COLORADO
Earned his 100th assist as a Duck, April 10, 2013 vs. Colorado; Recorded a career-high four points (all assists – also a career high), Feb. 24, 2013 vs. Colorado.Dany Heatley:
Earned his 400th NHL assist (with Minnesota), March 16, 2013 at Colorado.Ryan Kesler:
Earned his 100th NHL goal (with Vancouver), Nov. 24, 2010 vs. Colorado.Jakob Silfverberg:
Appeared in his 100th NHL game, April 13, 2014 vs. Colorado.