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Ducks Home Opener Notes

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks open the home schedule with a matchup vs. the division rival San Jose Sharks on Friday night at Honda Center (7:05 p.m.). On Sunday vs. St. Louis (5:05 p.m.), the Ducks will pay tribute to reigning NHL Hart Trophy (MVP) winner Corey Perry (details below).

WELCOME BACK: The Anaheim Ducks (1-1-0) open the Honda Center portion of the 2011-12 NHL regular season against the San Jose Sharks on Friday, Oct. 14 (7:05 p.m., PRIME TICKET/AM 830). The Ducks have gone 9-8-0 all-time in Honda Center openers, including a 3-2-0 mark in the last five. Anaheim owns a franchise record of 45-49-8 vs. San Jose, including a 21-25-5 mark at home. The Ducks went 3-3-0 against the Sharks last year (2-1-0 at Honda Center) and won the most recent meeting between the two clubs on Apr. 6, 2011 at Honda Center (W, 6-2).

COREY PERRY NIGHT: The Ducks will host “Corey Perry Night” on Sunday, Oct. 16 at Honda Center in celebration of the right winger’s Hart Memorial Trophy win as the league’s Most Valuable Player for the 2010-11 season. As part of the night’s events, fans will receive a commemorative Corey Perry MVP poster, presented by Honda, and a commemorative puck. Fans will also have the opportunity to take photos with both the Hart Trophy and Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy (awarded to the league’s top goal scorer) at the “Hockey Spot” outside of Honda Center’s Northeast doors from 3-4:30 p.m. In addition, exclusive Corey Perry MVP merchandise will be available at the Anaheim Ducks Team Store throughout the evening.

2011 COMPUWARE NHL PREMIERE: The Ducks began the regular season as one of four NHL teams to participate in the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere last weekend. Playing their first game in Europe since 2007, the Ducks dropped a 4-1 decision to the Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 7 at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland. The following night, Anaheim rebounded with a 2-1 shootout victory over the New York Rangers at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. The Ducks got goals from defenseman Nate Guenin (first career) vs. Buffalo and center Andrew Cogliano (first as a Duck) vs. New York, along with a shootout winner from Bobby Ryan on Saturday. With the split, the Ducks moved their record in international venues to 3-3-0.

ALL-TIME: The Ducks enter Friday’s Honda Center opener with a 605-570-189 record for 1,399 standings points and a .514 win percentage in 1,364 all-time games. This is Anaheim's 19th season overall (counting one lockout year in 2004-05). The club will play its 1,400th game on Jan. 4, 2012 vs. San Jose at Honda Center. Since the beginning of 2005-06, the Ducks have posted a regular season record of 267-170-57 (.598 win percentage), including a 151-67-28 mark at Honda Center (.671 win percentage). Anaheim has also qualified for postseason play in five of the last six seasons, one of only seven teams to accomplish the feat (also MTL, NYR, PHI, DET, SJ and NSH).

ONE MORE YEAR: 41-year-old right winger Teemu Selanne has returned for his 20th NHL season and 13th with the Ducks. In 1,261 career NHL games with Winnipeg, Anaheim, San Jose and Colorado, Selanne has earned 637-703=1,340 points. He currently ranks 14th on the NHL’s All-Time Goal Scoring List (second among active players behind Jagr), 48th in assists (fourth among active players), and 27th in points (third among active players). Selanne scored 31-49=80 points in 73 games last season. only two players in NHL history age 40+ have recorded more points: (Gordie Howe (DET), 1968-98, 103 pts., 40 yrs, 276 days; Johnny Bucyk (BOS), 1975-76, 83 pts., 40 yrs, 234 days). In 776 career contests with Anaheim, Selanne has scored 410-461=871 points with 381 PIM and a +122 rating. He is the club's all-time leader in goals, points, assists, games played, plus/minus, PPG (163), PPP (367), GWG (69), shots (2547) and OT goals (6).

MVP NOTES: Right wing Corey Perry won the 2010-11 Hart Memorial Trophy as “the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team." Perry was the first player from a Southern California team to win the Hart Trophy since Hall-of-Famer Wayne Gretzky earned the honor with LA in 1989. his 50 goals (50-48=98) also won him the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the league’s top goal scorer. He became the second Duck to win the trophy (also Selanne in 1998-99, the inaugural year of the trophy). Perry, who is beginning his seventh NHL season, has collected 168-201=369 points with 371 PIM and a +44 rating in 451 career contests.

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