Ducks Notes Leading into Wednesday's Game vs. Buffalo
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The Ducks (31-19-5, 70 pts.) own the longest active win streak in the NHL with victories in their last five consecutive games (5-0-0). The Ducks also have the second-longest active home win streak (4-0-0) and are tied for the longest active road win streak (4-0-0, with St. Louis). Anaheim enters tomorrow’s game vs. the Buffalo Sabres one win away from matching its season high win streak of six games, set from Jan. 20-Feb. 5. The club has scored five goals-or-more in a franchise-record five consecutive games and three-or-more goals in seven straight games. The Ducks are averaging 4.0 goals per game for the last 17 contests, having scored three-or-more in 15 of the 17.
Since Dec. 26 (resumption of play after the Christmas break), the Ducks are 19-4-2 for the best record in the NHL (.800 points percentage). The club co-leads the league in wins (19), ranks first in goal differential (+29), second in goals scored per game (3.32) and PP% (26.3%), and fourth in PPG (21) since the holiday break. In addition, Anaheim ranks third among NHL teams in shots for per game (32.84), third in shots against per game (26.80) and tied for sixth in faceoff percentage (51.4%). Corey Perry is tied for seventh among NHL leaders in goals (12), while Ryan Getzlaf is tied for seventh in scoring (7-20=27) and tied for sixth in assists (20). Among goaltenders Frederik Andersen (9-0-2) ranks fifth in GAA (2.08, min. 10 games) and tied for seventh in SV% (.927, min. 10 games).
The Ducks also lead the NHL with a 9-1-1 record, 19 standings points and 4.09 goals-per-game since the All-Star break. Anaheim’s 45 goals in that stretch are eight more than any other NHL team. The club has scored a league-leading 11 PPG in February, its most in a single month since January 2014 (16 PPG in 14 games). The Ducks have scored a PPG in each of the last five games (8-for-18, 44.4%) for the first time since Jan. 7-17, 2015.
Since the All-Star break, Ryan Getzlaf leads the NHL in scoring (5-11=16) and plus/minus (+13), co-leads in GWG (3) and ranks tied for second in assists. David Perron ranks tied for second in plus/minus (+9), while Andrew Cogliano (+8) is tied for fourth. In addition, Sami Vatanen is tied for second in power-play points (2-4=6) and Rickard Rakell is tied for fourth in GWG (2). Among NHL defensemen, Hampus Lindholm leads in goals (5), Cam Fowler ranks tied for third in plus/minus (+7), and Josh Manson (+6) and Kevin Bieksa (+6) are tied for sixth.
The Ducks are hosting the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks from the 2015 NHL Draft in consecutive games this week at Honda Center. Anaheim will take on Jack Eichel (second overall) and the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, Feb. 24 (7:30 p.m. PST) before hosting Connor McDavid (first overall) and the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, Feb. 26 (7 p.m. PST).
Four Anaheim skaters are currently riding scoring streaks of three games or more, including Ryan Getzlaf (eight games; 4-9=13), Ryan Kesler (five games; 2-5=7), Rickard Rakell (career-high four games; 2-3=5) and Andrew Cogliano (three games; 1-2=3). Getzlaf’s eight-game streak is the second-longest active streak in the league, behind only Philadelphia’s Shayne Gostisbehere’s 15-game point streak. Kesler’s streak matches his longest as a Duck, which was originally set from Nov. 5-15, 2014 (five games; 3-4=7). Kesler is also on a career-tying five-game assist streak (2-5=7), the longest active assist streak in the NHL.