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Notes: Ducks Hit Home Stretch in Playoff Race

Ducks notes as the club hits the stretch run of the regular season.

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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 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) 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 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).

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