DUCKS TAKE FIVE-GAME WIN STREAK ON ROAD: The Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks (23-7-5, 51 points) open a four-game road trip against the Detroit Red Wings tomorrow at Joe Louis Arena (4:30 p.m. PST, PRIME TICKET/AM 830)...at 51 points, Anaheim is second in the overall NHL standings, behind only Chicago (53)...the Ducks have won five straight games (5-0-0) and earned points in eight straight (6-0-2, 14 points), marking the longest active point streak in the league...Anaheim also has points in 10 of 11 (8-1-2, 18) and 21 of 25 (16-4-5, 37), which includes an NHL season-best (w/SJ) nine-game standings point streak from Oct. 25-Nov. 10...the club ranks second among NHL teams in goals (109) and even-strength goals (81)…on the PK, Anaheim is 36-for-39 (92.3%) dating to the third period on Nov. 20 vs. NJ...the club killed 26 straight from Nov. 20-Dec. 6, spanning eight games...on the PP, Anaheim is 10-for-36 (27.7%), also since Nov. 20 vs. NJ...following tomorrow's game, the Ducks will continue their four-game trip with stops in New Jersey (Dec. 20), New York Islanders (Dec. 21) and Washington (Dec. 23).
THE GOLDEN STATE: Anaheim, San Jose and Los Angeles account for the second, third and sixth (tied) best teams (by points) in the NHL…the three California teams combine for a 65-22-15 record in 2013-14 for a .711 win (points) percentage…at HOME, the three clubs have combined for a 34-5-7 record over 46 contests in California for an .815 win (points) percentage.
ROAD STORY: With tomorrow's game, the Ducks will pass the halfway point of their road schedule by playing their league-leading 21st road game of the season...with a 10-7-3 road record, the Ducks rank tied for third among NHL teams in road points (23)...at the conclusion of this four-game road trip, Anaheim will have completed 59% of its road schedule prior to the three-day Christmas break and will not return to the Eastern Time Zone for the remainder of the season...in addition, the Ducks will have only four games in the Central Time Zone (Jan. 9 at Nashville, Jan. 17 at Chicago, Jan. 18 at St. Louis, Feb. 8 at Nashville) of the 17 remaining on the road schedule.
ON THE HOME FRONT: The Ducks have gone 13-0-2 at Honda Center this season, marking the best home start in club history...the Ducks join San Jose (20-0-2, 2008-09) as the only NHL teams to go through its first 15 home games without a regulation defeat (since implementation of shootouts in 2005-06)...Anaheim is the only club in the NHL that has not lost in regulation at HOME this season...the club set a club record with eight straight home wins to open a season and was the last NHL team to lose at home in 2013-14 (Nov. 20 OTL vs. NJ)...at home, Anaheim has outscored the opposition, 56-26 (excluding two SO goals)...the Ducks' 56 goals are the third-most through 15 home games in club history (59 in 1995-96, 58 in 2006-07), while their 26 goals allowed are the fewest to start an Anaheim home season.
LINE UP: Reunited for the first time since Anaheim’s 2006-07 Stanley Cup championship run, the line of Dustin Penner, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry have combined for 23-21=43 points over the last 14 games (since Nov. 15)…the trio has scored 47-52=99 points in 2013-14 overall, leading the NHL in combined goals and ranking second in the NHL only to Pittsburgh’s line of Chris Kunitz, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in combined points (120)...in addition, Getzlaf and Perry lead the league in goals scored by a duo on the same team (37)…they are second in combined points (75) behind only Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (87)...the duo tallied goals in the same game on Dec. 7 at St. Louis for the eighth time this season, second only to the Blues' tandem of Alexander Steen and David Backes (9) for the highest total among a pair of NHL teammates (Elias Sports Bureau).
LEADING THE WAY: Captain Ryan Getzlaf has points in the last 16 games in which he has appeared, collecting 10-13=23 points in that span (missed three games with an upper-body injury, Nov. 10-14)...while the 16-game streak is not an official point streak because he missed three games, it marks the longest streak of his career...in addition, Getzlaf has a current 14-game point streak (6-11=17, recognized by NHL), the longest since Pascal Dupuis had points in 14 straight (10-12=22) from Mar. 7-Apr. 7, 2012...he has also recorded 13-17=30 points with a +14 rating in his last 22 games and 16-22=38 with a +18 over his last 29...he co-leads the NHL with six GWG and is on pace for 39 goals this season (previous career high is 25)...he is also fourth among league leaders in scoring (16-23=39) and tied for ninth in goals.
FAST START: Corey Perry's 21 goals through 35 games this season are the most in his career (previously 17 in 2007-08)...he posted a career-best seven-game goal streak (8-2=10) from Nov. 29-Dec. 11, the longest streak in the NHL since CGY's Curtis Glencross scored in seven straight from Feb. 27-Mar. 11, 2012...since the start of the 2010-11 season, Perry has scored 28 GWG, leading the NHL in that span (TB’s Stamkos has 24)...in addition, Perry ranks third in the NHL in goals with 181 tallies since the start of 2008-09, spanning six seasons (Ovechkin, 234; Stamkos, 222; Marleau, 180)...Perry has points in nine of his last 10 games (9-3=12), 15-8=23 points in his last 20 games and 16-11=27 in 25...he ranks third among league leaders in goals, tied for seventh in points and co-leads in GWG (6).
PLUS PERFORMANCE: Four Anaheim Ducks rank among the top 10 plus/minus ratings this season...Dustin Penner leads the NHL with a +20 rating in 28 games...Penner has 6-3=9 points in his last 10 games and 8-12=20 points in his last 22...in addition, Francois Beauchemin ranks tied for fifth with a +17 rating, while Ryan Getzlaf and Hampus Lindholm are tied for eighth with a +16 mark.
FIRST IMPRESSION: Rookie Frederik Andersen has gone 8-1-0 with a 1.74 GAA and .938 SV% in his first nine career games...he became the first goalie to win his first six NHL games (from Oct. 20-Nov. 10) since Dec. 1993 (TOR's Damian Rhodes from 3/22/91-12/2/93)...Andersen was also the first netminder in club history to win his first six NHL games (Viktor Fasth won his first eight decisions last year)...among NHL rookie goalies, Andersen leads in wins and ranks second in GAA and SV% (min. five games)...through his first nine games as a Duck, Andersen has the best GAA and SV% of anyone in club history…his 8-1-0 start matches Viktor Fasth for the all-time best start by an Anaheim netminder.
1,000: Tomorrow’s contest at Detroit will mark Ducks Assistant Athletic Trainer Mike Hannegan’s 1,000th professional hockey game…the milestone is recognized by The Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society and the Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers…currently in his second season with Anaheim, Hannegan’s professional career began in ECHL (Richmond, Las Vegas, Macon) and continued on to the American Hockey League with the Peoria Rivermen (2007-09)…he then made the jump to the NHL by joining the St. Louis Blues as assistant athletic trainer (2009-12) for three years before returning to his native Orange County to work with the Ducks organization.