The Ducks (11-4-4, 26 pts.) open a two-game Western Canadian road trip against the Calgary Flames Tuesday night at Scotiabank Saddledome (6 p.m. PST, Prime Ticket/AM 830). Anaheim ranks tied for second among NHL teams in overall standings points, has points in seven of its last eight games (3-1-4, 10 pts.) and 26 points in its last 18 (11-3-4). The Ducks have won six of their last eight road games (6-1-1) and earned points in seven of eight (13 pts.). The club enters Tuesday's game with the Western Conference's second-best road record this season (.722, 6-2-1). This road trip marks only the second and third games the Ducks will play outside of Southern California this month. Following Tuesday's game, the Ducks travel to Vancouver for a 7 p.m. PST Thursday game against the Canucks at Rogers Arena. Anaheim's next home game is slated for Sunday, Nov. 23 vs. Arizona (5 p.m. PST).
DUCKS-FLAMES: Tuesday begins a five-game season series between Anaheim and Calgary as three of the five contests will be played at Scotiabank Saddledome. The Ducks own an all-time record of 44-34-8 vs. the Flames and a 15-26-2 mark at the Saddledome. Anaheim went 3-1-0 vs. Calgary last season, earning a 3-2 victory in the most recent matchup on Mar. 26, 2014 in Southern Alberta. The Ducks and Flames will meet again a week from Tuesday on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at Honda Center (7 p.m. PST). The season series will feature an additional game in Anaheim on Wednesday, Jan. 21 (7 p.m. PST) before concluding with two dates at the Saddledome on Friday, Feb. 20 (6 p.m. PST) and Wednesday, Mar. 11 (6:30 p.m. PDT). Ryan Kesler leads active Anaheim skaters in career scoring against the Flames, collecting 14-22=36 points in 54 games.
GAME WINNERS: The Ducks have nine non-shootout wins this season, with a different player scoring each one: Ryan Getzlaf, William Karlsson, Corey Perry, Matt Beleskey, Ryan Kesler, Sami Vatanen, Devante Smith-Pelly, Nate Thompson and Fowler. Only Boston and Calgary have as many as nine different skaters with a GWG this season.
A LOOK BACK TO 2013: Dating back to the start of the 2013-14 season, the Ducks own the top regular-season record in the NHL at 65-24-12. In addition, Anaheim also has posted the league's best road record at 31-14-5. The Ducks have 60 wins in regulation/overtime since the start of 2013-14, ranking second in NHL and seven over the closest Western Conference opponent (St. Louis, 53). Among NHL defensemen since the start of the 2013-14 season, Hampus Lindholm ranks second with a +38 rating. Among all players since last season, Corey Perry ranks tied for third with a +41.
NOTABLES: Ryan Getzlaf, who leads Anaheim in scoring (5-12=17), has six multi-point games in 2014-15 after recording five at this same point last season. Ryan Kesler has 6-9=15 points in his first 19 games as a Duck, including points in five of his last six (3-4=7). Corey Perry has scored 11 goals in 14 games this season, his fastest start to a season. Perry co-leads the NHL in shooting percentage (25.0), ranks tied for third in goals and tied for sixth in PPG (4). Sami Vatanen, who already has a career-high four PPG, is tied for fourth in power-play points (4-6=10, co-leading NHL defensemen), tied for sixth in PPG (4) and tied for seventh for goals by a defenseman (4). Vatanen enters Tuesday's game with points in five of his last six games (1-5=6).
RARE FEATS: Frederik 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, who won his first six starts (6-0-0) to match a career high (last: Oct. 20-Nov. 4, 2013), currently ranks seventh among NHL goaltenders in GAA (2.07) and 10th in SV% (.924). During his six-game win streak, Andersen posted a career-high scoreless streak of 152 minutes and 46 seconds (spanning three games) from Oct. 17-22.
BEHIND THE BENCH: Head Coach Bruce Boudreau, who appeared in his 200th game with the Ducks on Oct. 31 @ Dallas, owns 122-59-26 record in 207 games with Anaheim. On Mar. 2, 2014 vs. Carolina, Boudreau became the fastest Ducks coach to 100 victories in 169 career games. With an all-time record of 323-147-66 in 536 career NHL games, Boudreau leads active NHL coaches in win (points) percentage with a .664 mark (min. 100 games).
IN THE CIRCLE: Anaheim enters Tuesday's game with the league’s fourth-best faceoff win percentage (52.8%) after finishing last season tied for 19th. Ryan Kesler ranks 12th among NHL leaders in faceoff win percentage (55.6%), while Ryan Getzlaf (54.6%) is 22nd. Nate Thompson is the third Anaheim center with a percentage higher than 50%, coming in at 53.6%.
IRONMAN: Andrew Cogliano is the fifth player in NHL history and first since Doug Jarvis to play 500 straight games from the start of his NHL career (ESB). Cogliano, now at 559 games, is 17 games shy of matching Bill Harris (576 straight games with NYI, 1972-73 to 1979-80) for third on the five-player list. Cogliano has not missed a game since his NHL debut with Edmonton on Oct. 4, 2007 and ranks second on the NHL’s active Ironman list, behind only STL’s Jay Bouwmeester at 734. Jarvis is the NHL's all-time Ironman with 964 consecutive games played from 1975-88...Andy Heberton is second with 630 consecutive games from 1955-64 (NYR/BOS).
THE STARS: Corey Perry was named NHL’s First Star for the Month of October (Player of the Month) on Nov. 3, marking the sixth time in franchise history that a Ducks player has won the award (three different players). Perry was also the last Duck to do so (March, 2011). Perry led the NHL in goals (10) in October, and also posted two hat tricks in the first seven games of October, becoming the sixth NHL player in 29 years to record multiple hat tricks in the first seven games of a season. Frederik Andersen was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for Oct. 13-19 after going 4-0-0 with a 1.22 GAA and .955 SV%.
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH:
Andrew Cogliano - 3 points to 100 points as a Duck
Hampus Lindholm - 3 appearances to 100 NHL games
Devante Smith-Pelly - 8 appearances to 100 NHL games