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Ducks Notes: League-Leading Ducks Open Homestand Tomorrow vs. Islanders

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks


LEAGUE-LEADING DUCKS RETURN HOME
The Ducks enter their first home game of November with a league-leading 10-3-0 record in 13 games, pacing the NHL in wins, standings points (20) and regulation/overtime wins (9)…Corey Perry leads the league in goals (11) and ranks tied for second in PPG (4), while Frederik Andersen leads league netminders in GAA (1.60) and SV% (.941), and ranks tied for second in wins (7).

IMPROVED DEFENSE
The Ducks currently rank second in the NHL in goals-against average (1.85) after finishing ninth last season (2.48)…the club’s penalty killing, which finished 13th last season (82.2%), is now seventh (86.4%)…the Ducks have allowed two goals-or-less in 10-of-13 games this season (had done so seven times through 13 games last season) and allowed 20 shots-or-less three times (once in first 13 games last season).

GOALS AGAINST
The Ducks have allowed only five goals against in their last four games (1.25) and 18 goals against in their last 12 games (1.5), allowing two goals-or-less in 10 of the 12.

LEADING THE WAY
Dating back to the start of the 2013-14 season, the Ducks own the top regular-season record in the NHL at 64-23-8...60 of those wins have come in regulation or overtime, three more than anyone else in the NHL (Boston, 57) and 10 more than anyone else in the West (Colorado, 50)…in addition, Anaheim also has posted the league's best home (33-9-4) and road record (31-14-4) since the start of 2013-14...Corey Perry leads the NHL with a +43 rating since the start of the 2013-14 season, while Hampus Lindholm ranks second among defensemen with a +37 rating.

GAME WINNERS
Cam Fowler's first goal of the season was the game-winner for the Ducks in their 3-2 victory at Colorado on Sunday…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. No other NHL team has more than seven players with a GWG (Tampa Bay is next with 7) - Elias Sports Bureau.

THE STARS
Corey Perry was named NHL’s First Star for the Month of October (Player of the Month) on Nov. 3…this marks 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…he 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%.

FAST STARTS
Corey Perry has 11 goals in 13 games this season, the most ever scored by an Anaheim player at this stage of a season…he currently leads the NHL in goals, ranks tied for second in PPG (4) and tied for third in points...Ryan Getzlaf, who is tied for third in the NHL in assists, has six multi-point games this season...Ryan Kesler has 3-5=8 points in his first 13 games as a Duck, while Devante Smith-Pelly has 3-2=5 points in his last 10 games...Sami Vatanen already has a career-high three PPG in 13 games, tied for seventh among NHL leaders...Vatanen also ranks tied for fifth in power-play points (3-4=7) and tied for seventh for goals by a defenseman (3).

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 leads NHL goaltenders in GAA (1.60) and SV% (.941), and is tied for second in wins (7)...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.

IN THE CIRCLE
Anaheim enters Wednesday's game with the league’s fourth-best faceoff win percentage (53.2%) after finishing last season tied for 19th...Ryan Getzlaf ranks eighth among NHL leaders in faceoffs (58.0%).

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