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Ducks Notes: Anaheim Set to Open 2014-15 NHL Season Tomorrow in Pittsburgh

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks


FOR OPENERS:
The Anaheim Ducks open the 2014-15 regular season against the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow at Consol Energy Center (4 p.m. PDT, Prime Ticket, AM 830)...the Ducks are coming off their second consecutive Pacific Division title and top record in the Western Conference last season at 54-20-8 for 116 points...on the road, Anaheim set franchise records for most wins (25), most points (54) and most goals (123)...the Ducks own an all-time record of 722-637-215 (1,659 points, .527%) in 1,574 games since their NHL debut in 1993-94...in season openers, Anaheim is 5-15-0 over 20 seasons, 16 of which have taken place on the road (3-13-0 in road season openers)...the last time the Ducks opened a season in the Eastern Conference was Oct. 4, 2001 @ Boston, which marked only the third occasion in club history (also Oct. 10, 1998 @ Washington, Oct. 5, 1996 @ Toronto)...tomorrow's contest begins a four-game road trip that will also make stops in Detroit (Saturday, Oct. 11), Buffalo (Monday, Oct. 13) and Philadelphia (Tuesday, Oct. 14)...Anaheim's 2014-15 Home Opener is slated for Friday, Oct. 17 vs. the Minnesota Wild (7 p.m.).

2014 PRESEASON: Anaheim posted a 3-3-1 record in seven preseason games, led in scoring by Ryan Getzlaf (0-3=3), Dany Heatley (2-1=3), Corey Perry (1-2=3), Patrick Maroon (1-2=3), Sami Vatanen (1-2=3) and William Karlsson (0-3=3)...Frederik Andersen was one of nine NHL goaltenders to record a preseason shutout on Sept. 22 vs. Colorado (stopped 27 shots in 4-0 win), while Emerson Etem ranked tied for ninth among NHL preseason leaders in shots on goal (18)...on special teams, the Ducks finished the exhibition schedule with the fifth-best penalty kill percentage at 91.4% (32-of-35).

2013-14 SEASON IN REVIEW: The Ducks concluded the 2013-14 regular season with a record of 54-20-8, the best mark in club history…Anaheim finished with the top record in the Western Conference for the first time in franchise history and set club records for standings points (116), wins (54) and win/points percentage (.707)…the Ducks led the league in goals (club-record 263) for the first time in club history and also established season bests for home wins (29), road wins (25), home points (62) and road points (54).

A LOOK AT LAST OCTOBER: The Ducks posted a 10-3-1 record last October, the best opening month in team history...at that time, Anaheim's 2013 October marked the eighth month in club history with double-digit wins, joining Feb. 2013 (11-2-0), Mar. 2011 (11-3-0), Feb. 2008 (10-2-1), Mar. 2007 (10-3-2), Mar. 2006 (11-4-1), Nov. 2006 (10-2-3) and Feb. 1998 (10-3-0)...Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry co-led the team in scoring last October, earning 5-8=13 points and 6-7=13 points, respectively.

MILESTONES WITHIN REACH:
Francois Beauchemin - 4 points to 200 NHL points
Andrew Cogliano - 9 points to 100 points as a Duck
Cam Fowler - 6 assists to 100 NHL assists
Dany Heatley - 9 points to 800 NHL points
Ryan Kesler - 7 points to 400 NHL points
Nate Thompson - 9 appearances to 400 NHL games

HOW THE DUCKS WERE BUILT

2014-15 OPENING-DAY ROSTER: Anaheim's Opening-Day roster includes 13 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders...a look at how the roster was built:
 
Returning players from 2013-14: 19
Bryan Allen - D
Frederik Andersen - G
Francois Beauchemin - D
Matt Beleskey - LW
Andrew Cogliano - C/RW
Emerson Etem - LW
Mark Fistric - D
Cam Fowler - D
Ryan Getzlaf - C
John Gibson - G
Tim Jackman - RW
Hampus Lindholm - D
Ben Lovejoy - D
Patrick Maroon - LW
Corey Perry - RW
Rickard Rakell - C
Jakob Silfverberg - RW
Devante Smith-Pelly - RW
Sami Vatanen - D
 
Arrived via free agency/trade: 3
Ryan Kesler - C
Clayton Stoner - D
Nate Thompson - C
 
Competed for Anaheim's AHL affiliate: 1
William Karlsson - C
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