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Ducks Begin Seven-Game Road Trip Tuesday

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks (4-3-0, 8 pts.) open a seven-game, 13-day road trip against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at United Center (5:30 p.m. PDT, PRIME TICKET/AM 830)...the seven-game trip is tied for the third-longest in club history...the Ducks had seven-game trips from Mar. 18-28, 1998 (3-2-2 record, 8 pts.) and Dec. 15-28, 2010 (broken up into two trips due to Christmas holiday, 3-4-0 record, 6 pts.)...the club had an eight-stretch away from Honda Center from Mar. 13-30, 2001 (broken up into three trips, 2-3-2 record, 6 pts.) and a nine-game stretch on the road from Jan. 24-Feb. 12, 2008 (divided into two trips with All-Star break in between, 5-3-1, 11 pts.)...additional stops on current the trip include Minnesota (Oct. 27), Nashville (Oct. 29), Columbus (Oct. 30), Washington (Nov. 1), NY Rangers (Nov. 3) and Detroit (Nov. 5)...once returning home, Anaheim will then spend 30-of-31 days in Southern California from Nov. 6 - Dec. 6 (one-game trip to Phoenix on Nov. 23).

CARLYLE HITS 500 MARK: Tuesday's game at Chicago marks Randy Carlyle's 500th game as an NHL head seven NHL seasons with the Ducks since being named to the post on Aug. 1, 2005, Carlyle has gone 270-172-57 as an NHL head coach, garnering 597 of a possible 998 standings points for a .598 win percentage...Carlyle is Anaheim's all-time leader in wins, win percentage and games coached (Ron Wilson is a distant second with 296 games coached)...he signed a three-year contract extension with the club on Aug. 8, 2011 (through 2013-14 season)...Carlyle is one of only four head coaches since the 2005-06 season who have remained with their respective NHL clubs: also Mike Babcock (Detroit, since 2005-06), Lindy Ruff (Buffalo, since 1997-98) and Barry Trotz (Nashville, since 1998-99).

ON THE PK: The Ducks have killed 25 of the last 26 opponent power plays (96.2%), dating back to the second period of the club’s first contest of the season on Oct. 7 at Buffalo (Helsinki, Finland)…the club killed 20 straight penalties from the second period of the Oct. 7 contest until 11:01 of the third period on Oct. 17 at San Jose (Brent Burns PPG)...the Ducks have killed all 12 penalties over four games at Honda Center...including a "home" game in Sweden, the Ducks are a perfect 19-for-19 in "home" games this season...currently, the Ducks rank sixth in the NHL on the penalty kill and tied for first at "home" (includes game in Sweden).

FARM REPORT: In Syracuse (AHL), right wing Kyle Palmieri has earned a team-leading 8-2=10 points through six regular season games...his eight goals lead the AHL while his 10 points rank tied for sixth in the league...he was named AHL Player of the Week for Oct. 10-16 after collecting 4-2=6 points with a +5 rating in two games...Palmieri, who won the same award twice as a rookie last season, recorded his third career hat trick to lead the Crunch to a 6-2 victory over Adirondack on Oct. 15...linemate Nick Bonino (center), who ranks second on the Crunch in scoring, has notched 1-8=9 points through six games, co-leading the AHL in assists while ranking tied for 11th in points...left wing Patrick Maroon, who was recalled to Anaheim today, has scored 4-4=8 points, ranking third on the club in points...he scored a season-high 2-2=4 points, including the OT-winner in the club's 4-3 victory over Lake Erie on Oct. 21...the top line combination of Palmieri, Bonino and Maroon scored 13 of Syracuse's 19 goals and combined for 27 points (13-14=27) and a +19 rating in the club's first six the Western Hockey League (WHL), 2010 first-round pick (29th overall) Emerson Etem has scored a league-leading 16 goals through 12 contests with the Medicine Hat Tigers...his 25 points (16-9=25) rank second in the WHL and his five power play goals rank tied for fourth.

: The Ducks and Blackhawks open their four-game season series Tuesday at the United Center…Anaheim went 2-1-1 vs. Chicago in 2010-11, including a two-goal effort by Corey Perry in the season series finale, a Ducks win (2-1) on Mar. 26 at the United Center…since the start of the 2005-06 campaign, Anaheim has gone 16-5-3 vs. Chicago, earning 35 of a possible 48 points...Teemu Selanne paces the Ducks in career scoring vs. Chicago, earning 27-30=57 points in 64 2010-11, Perry led the way with five goals (5-0=5) in four games…the two clubs will meet again on Nov. 25 at Honda Center for their fourth straight day-after Thanksgiving afternoon contest (dates back to 2008-09 season).

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