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Ducks Notes: Anaheim Heads Into Post All-Star Break Atop NHL Standings

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

DUCKS RESUME PLAY TONIGHT IN VANCOUVER:
The NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks (31-10-6, 68 pts.) return to action tonight with the most wins coming out of an All-Star break in franchise history, breaking the previous mark of 30 set in 2006-07 (30-12-8)...the Ducks have won five straight games (5-0-0), tied for the longest active win streak in the NHL with Detroit and Winnipeg...this marks Anaheim's third winning streak of at least five games, including Dec. 1-13 (7-0-0) and Oct. 11-24 (7-0-0)...the club has won seven of its last eight games (7-1-0) and has points in 10 of the last 12 (9-2-1, 19 pts.)...Anaheim is 22-0-5 when scoring first this season, the lone NHL team without a regulation loss in such situations...the Ducks (15-0-2) also join New Jersey as the only two clubs without a regulation loss when leading after one...with a PPG in five of the last six games, the club is 6-for-17 (35.3%) on the power play and 16-for-18 in penalty kills (88.9%) since Jan. 7...Anaheim is in the midst of four consecutive games vs. Pacific Division opponents, which the club owns a 10-3-5 record against.

THE GAME OF ONE: The Ducks set an NHL record for most consecutive home wins by a one-goal margin (discounting losses or ties), with 11 in a row (five regulation, two overtime and four shootouts) from Nov. 12-Jan. 11...overall, 19 of the club’s last 24 victories have been one-goal games dating to a 1-0 win on Oct. 28 at Chicago, including 10 decided in extra time (four overtime, six shootout)...the club’s 12 straight wins by one goal from Oct. 28-Dec. 10 were the most in the NHL since Atlanta had 14 in 2010-11...the Ducks lead the NHL with 22 wins in one-goal games (22-0-6) and are the only NHL team without a regulation loss in a game decided by one goal...Anaheim also ranks second among NHL teams for winning percentage in one-goal games (.786)...since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, the Ducks have posted a 63-6-20 record in one-goal games, owning the top record in the NHL by points percentage (.820).

ON TO OVERTIME: Anaheim has played 17 overtime/shootout games in 2014-15, ranking second among NHL teams and representing 36% of the club's schedule...the Ducks played nine OT/SO contests in the first 21 games from Oct. 9-Nov. 20 to match a 2003-04 franchise record to start a season...from Oct. 31-Nov. 20, Anaheim went beyond regulation in eight of 10 games, a franchise first in any 10-game stretch...through 47 games, the Ducks are only one OT/shootout game shy of matching their entire season total in 2013-14 (18).

LEADING THE WAY: An alternate captain for Team Toews at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, Ryan Getzlaf (14-36=50) ranks seventh among league leaders in scoring, second in even-strength scoring (13-24=37, one behind league-leader Tyler Johnson of TB) and tied for fifth in points-per-game (1.09)...he is also tied for third in assists, third overall in even-strength assists (24) and fourth in assists-per-game (.76)...seven of Getzlaf's 15 goals have either tied a game or given the Ducks a lead, and three have proven to be game-winners...Getzlaf has points in four straight games (2-3=5), seven of the last eight games (2-6=8) and 15 of his last 17 (7-14=21)...he has also won a career-best 50.7% of his faceoffs this season and leads NHL forwards in blocked shots (64).

HATS OFF: Corey Perry, who ranks tied for third in the NHL in goals-per-game (.59) and leads Anaheim in goals (19), has points in four straight games (4-3=7) and six of his last seven (5-4=9)...Perry was the seventh NHL player since the 1995-96 season to have three hat tricks in his first 29 games of the season, the first since WSH's Alexander Semin in 2010-11 (no player has more than three)...he earned his eighth career hat trick and league-best third of the season (3-0=3) on Jan. 14, helping him tie Paul Kariya for the second-most hat tricks in club history and Teemu Selanne for the single-season franchise record.

IN THE BEGINNING: Frederik Andersen won his 46th NHL game in 62 career NHL decisions (46-11-5) on Jan. 21 vs. Calgary, marking the best start by an NHL goaltender since Montreal's Bill Durnan earned his NHL-record 46th win in 60 decisions on Nov. 21, 1944 vs. Boston...earlier this season, Andersen became the first goaltender in NHL history to win 26 of his first 31 decisions (26-5-0) with a 4-1 victory on Oct. 22 vs. Buffalo....Andersen currently ranks second in the NHL in wins with a career-best 26...he started a career-high 20 consecutive games from Nov. 7-Dec. 18, the longest streak by an Anaheim goaltender since Hiller started a club-record 32 straight from Jan.12-Mar. 18, 2012...Andersen also recorded a career-best seven-game win streak from Dec. 1-13, becoming just the third goaltender in club history to win seven straight team games in a single season, joining Hiller (Dec. 6, 2013-Jan. 12, 2014; 14-0-0) and Guy Hebert (Feb. 25-Mar. 22, 1996; 7-0-0).

GOING BACK FURTHER: Dating back to the start of the 2013-14 season, the Ducks own the top regular-season record in the NHL at 85-30-14...in addition, Anaheim also has posted the league's best road record (38-17-7)...the Ducks have a league-leading 75 wins in regulation/overtime since the start of 2013-14, seven over the closest Western Conference opponent (St. Louis, 68)...among NHL defensemen since the start of the 2013-14 season, Hampus Lindholm ranks third with a +42 rating...in addition, the Ducks concluded the 2014 calendar year leading the NHL in points (107) and points percentage (.677) from Jan. 1-Dec. 31.

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