RECENTLY: With just 16 games left in the regular season, the Ducks have climbed to third in the Pacific Division with 78 points (33-23-12)….the Ducks are 6-1-1 in their last eight games and co-lead the league with a 2.00 goals against average in that stretch...Anaheim is also 14-6-3 since the end of the bye week (Jan. 13) and 19-8-4 mark in its last 31 contests...at Honda Center, the Ducks have an eight-game point streak (12 pts, 6-0-2), are 10-1-2 in their last 13 games and 12-2-3 in the last 17...since Feb. 9 vs. Edmonton, Anaheim has successfully killed 31-of-32 PK opportunities for a league-leading 96.9 PK%, including 22 straight dating to Feb. 15 at Chicago...the Ducks have also killed 20 consecutive opportunities at home dating to Jan. 23 vs. the New York Rangers.
NET PRESENCE: The Ducks rank tied for second in the NHL with a .921 team SV% this season...since the All-Star break, John Gibson leads the NHL in SV% (.947), and ranks second in GAA (1.73), stopping 268-of-283 shots to go along with a 7-1-1 record...Gibson is also 14-4-2 in his last 20 decisions and has allowed two goals or less in eight of his last nine starts.
NOTABLES: Rickard Rakell has five goals and six points in his last three games, helping the Ducks to five of a possible six points since Feb. 25 vs. Edmonton...Corey Perry owns 2-4=6 points in his last three contests as well as 6-8=14 points in his last 14 contests...on the blueline, Cam Fowler has four points (1-3=4) in his last three games.
SECOND HALF STORY: The Ducks have found success in the second half of the regular season (Games 42-82), virtually each season since 2005-06...Anaheim leads the NHL with 614 points (284-146-46) in the second half since the 2005-06 season, 15 points higher than second-best Pittsburgh with 599 (excludes 2012-13 shortened season)...the trend has also been similar measuring only the last three seasons, as Anaheim has a 68-26-13 mark (14-7-4 this season) for 149 points, which leads the NHL.
BYE WEEK BENEFITS: Since the end of the team's bye week on Jan. 13, the Ducks have posted a 14-6-3 record for 31 points...since Jan. 13, Anaheim ranks tied for fifth among NHL teams in wins and standings points...Rakell (12-11=23) leads the team in scoring and goals, while Ryan Getzlaf paces the club in assists (5-16=21) in 23 games.
HAT TRICK, COMEBACK: On Feb. 25 vs. Edmonton, the Ducks became the first NHL team in nearly 14 years (and the eighth team overall since 1967-68) to force overtime in a game where they trailed by two goals with 21 seconds (or less) remaining in regulation...the last team to accomplish the feat was San Jose, which trailed 3-1 vs. Los Angeles with 20 seconds remaining on Apr. 4, 2004 (won 4-3 in overtime)...one player also scored both goals in the final moments of that game (Brad Stuart at 19:40 and 19:57)...Rakell's final two goals came at 19:39 and 19:53 to force overtime (Ducks fell, 6-5, in a shootout), which also completed his first career hat trick...it was also the first time in Ducks history the club had forced overtime when trailing by two goals (or more) with 30 seconds-or-less remaining...Rakell joined Stuart as the only two players to tie a game with two goals in the last minute since the 1967-68 NHL season...Rakell also became the only player since the 1967-68 season to record a hat trick that included two-or-more goals in the final 30 seconds of regulation.
POINT PRODUCTION: Getzlaf is leading the NHL in assists per game (0.88) after collecting consecutive three-assist games on Feb. 25 vs. Edmonton and Mar. 4 vs. Chicago...Getzlaf, who leads Anaheim in assists (36) and ranks second in points (9-36=45), has 3-11=14 points in his last 12 games and 8-30=38 points in his last 34...the Anaheim captain also owns a +17 rating in his last 29 contests.
PLUS EFFORT: Josh Manson comes into this evening's game ranked fifth among NHL defensemen in plus/minus (+23) this season...Manson is also +17 in his last 38 games and a +11 in his last 27 contests...this season, Manson leads team defensemen in assists (23) and ranks second in scoring (5-23=28).