DUCKS TO HOST SHARKS TUESDAY:
The Anaheim Ducks (22-18-7, 51 pts.) return from the All-Star break to host the San Jose Sharks tomorrow at Honda Center (7 p.m. PST, Prime Ticket/AM 830)...the Ducks have won three straight games (3-0-0), five of their last six (5-1-0) and are 10-3-1 in the last 14 contests….Anaheim also has a six-game ROAD standings point streak (4-0-2), its longest since a seven-game streak from Nov. 30-Dec. 23, 2013 (6-0-1)…Anaheim has yielded a franchise-low 109 goals through 47 games, the third fewest among NHL teams and fewest in the Western Conference this season...the Ducks lead the NHL in PK% (89.6)…Anaheim has scored 23 goals in the last four games (3.8 per game), scoring four-or-more in four of the six contests. SINCE THE CHRISTMAS BREAK:
Since Dec. 26 (resumption of play after the Christmas break), the Ducks are 10-3-1, equaling the third-best mark in the NHL (.750 points percentage)….the club also leads the league in PK% (94.0%), fewest goals allowed (25), and rank fourth in PP% (26.3%) since the break. ON THE PK:
The Ducks lead the league in PK% this season (89.6%)…Anaheim has killed the last 12 consecutive opponent PPs and 46-of-48 (95.8%) since Dec. 27….Anaheim killed a club record 34 consecutive penalties Dec. 27 - Jan. 15 and killed 37-of-39 shorthanded situations in January (94.9%, No. 1 in NHL). IN THE CIRCLE:
Ryan Kesler ranks fourth in the NHL in faceoff win percentage this season (57.5%), winning at least 50% of his draws in 33-of-47 games….over the last 24 games (beginning Nov. 27 vs. Chicago), Kesler has won 59.8% of his draws (300/502), leading the NHL…in those 24 games, Kesler has won at least 50% of his faceoffs 19 times, at least 60% on 11 occasions, and at least 70% five times. GOAL DRIVEN:
Pacific Division All-Star Corey Perry scored the lone goal in the championship game of the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game, a 1-0 win by the Pacific Division against the Atlantic Division Sunday in Nashville...Perry recorded his eighth 20-goal season on Jan. 26 at Boston, surpassing Paul Kariya for the second most in franchise history...the club all-time leader in 20-goal seasons is Teemu Selanne with 11...Perry leads the Ducks in goals and scoring (20-13=33) and ranks tied for third in assists...since the start of the 2011-12 season, Perry ranks fourth in the NHL with 148 goals. MAKING AN IMPACT:
Four Ducks skaters return from the All-Star break riding point streaks of three games-or-more...newly acquired David Perron leads the way with points in four straight games (2-3=5), having recorded a goal or assist in all four appearances with Anaheim..three Ducks players have recorded five points in their respective three-game scoring streaks, including Ryan Kesler (3-2=5), Corey Perry (3-2=5) and Jakob Silfverberg (1-4=5). BETWEEN THE PIPES:
Pacific Division All-Star John Gibson and Frederik Andersen make up one of three pairs of qualified goaltenders (min. 14 games played) with a GAA under 2.40...Gibson leads the NHL with a 1.91 GAA, while Andersen boasts a 2.38 GAA...Jarolslav Halak (2.14) and Thomas Greiss (2.32) of the New York Islanders and Jake Allen (2.17) and Brian Elliott (2.23) of the St. Louis Blues make up the other two pairs...Gibson made seven saves in a second-period shutout to help the Pacific Division defeat the Atlantic Division 1-0 in the championship game of the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game...Andersen has allowed two goals or less in 17 of his 24 appearances this season.