This Saturday, Dec. 31, goaltender J.S. Giguere will return to Honda Center for the first time since his last appearance as a Duck at home on Dec. 8, 2009…the Ducks won that game in OT over Dallas (he was traded to Toronto on Jan. 31, 2010)…Giguere spent nine seasons with the Anaheim Ducks from 2000-10…in 447 career contests with Anaheim, Giguere posted a 206-163-59 with a 2.47 GAA and .914 SV%, including 32 shutouts…he remains the all-time franchise leader (min 100 games) in wins, career GAA, shutouts, appearances and minutes played (25,646).
The Conn Smythe Trophy winner in 2003 as the most valuable player of the postseason, Giguere guided the then-Mighty Ducks to their first Western Conference championship and Stanley Cup Final appearance (lost in 7 games to NJ)…in the 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Giguere finished the postseason with the NHL’s top GAA (1.92) and SV% (.945)…in addition, his playoff OT shutout streak of 197:52 still stands as the longest in NHL history (Apr. 10, 2003-Apr. 27, 2007)…Giguere became the first player since 1987 (Ron Hextall, PHI) and the fifth player all-time (trophy was handed out beginning in 1965) to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as a member of the defeated team in the Stanley Cup Final.
In 2007, Giguere led the Ducks to their first Stanley Cup championship, beating the Ottawa Senators in five games…in 18 appearances in the 2007 postseason, the Montreal, Quebec native posted a 13-4 record with a 1.97 GAA and .922 SV. In 52 career playoff appearances with Anaheim from 2003-09, Giguere compiled a 33-17 record with six shutouts, a 2.08 GAA and .925 SV%. A NEW BEGINNING IN ANAHEIM:
Named the eighth head coach of the Anaheim Ducks on Nov. 30, Bruce Boudreau enters Thursday's game with an NHL coaching record of 204-94-42 in 340 career games (.662 winning percentage)...he secured his first win as head coach of the Anaheim Ducks on Dec. 6 in a 3-2 victory over Los Angeles...previously serving as head coach of the Washington Capitals (2007-11), Boudreau won the 2007-08 Jack Adams award (NHL Coach of the Year) and led his club to the 2009-10 Presidents’ Trophy as the NHL’s top club in the regular season...he became the fastest coach in modern day NHL history to win 200 games (Nov. 21, 2011 vs. Phoenix) and recorded more wins (184) in his first 300 NHL games than any NHL coach all-time. PLAYER NOTABLES
- Teemu Selanne
has scored 3-10=13 points over the last 11 games...he had a nine-game point streak (3-10=13) from Dec. 2-19, tied for the longest streak in the NHL this season (CHI's Patrick Sharp had a nine-game streak from Nov. 29-Dec. 18)...the streak was the longest in NHL history by a player age 41-or-older...the previous high was eight games, held by Igor Larionov of Detroit at age 42 in Feb. 2003 (courtesy Elias Sports Bureau)...it was Selanne’s longest streak since Oct. 24-Nov. 7, 2008 (also nine games, 8-6=14)...he has also scored 6-14=20 points in the last 18 games...in addition, over the last 18 road games, Selanne has scored 8-12=20 points with a +7 rating...the 41-year-old winger scored his 900th point as a Duck with an assist on Dec. 10 at Nashville (see more info in notes below)...Selanne, who leads the Ducks in points and assists (also tied for second in goals), ranks tied for 10th in the NHL in assists and tied for fifth in power play points (16).
- Corey Perry
has 8-10=18 points over the last 18 games...he also had a seven-game point streak (5-5=10) from Nov. 16-30, tied for the fourth-longest in the NHL this season (several players)...in addition, Perry currently ranks third in the NHL in PPG (8)...he leads the teams with 14 goals on the season.
- Ryan Getzlaf
has 2-14=16 points over his last 18 games...he had a seven-game point/assist streak (1-9=10) from Nov. 16-30...the assist streak is the longest in the NHL this season.
- Niklas Hagman
has points in five of the last seven games (4-3=7), including multi-point efforts on both Dec. 14 vs. PHX (2-0=2) and Dec. 22 at LA (1-1=2)...Hagman is on pace for a 36-point season, his highest total since 2008-09 with Toronto.
- Lubomir Visnovksy has earned 2-2=4 points over the last three games, including multi-point efforts on both Dec. 19 at DAL (1-1=2) and Dec. 22 at LA (1-1=2). WORLD JUNIORS:
Five prospects from Anaheim's system are currently participating in the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship (U-20), which began on Monday in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta...left wing Max Friberg
(fifth round, 143rd overall pick in 2011), scored a tournament-high four goals (4-0=4) to lead Team Sweden to a 9-4 win over Latvia on Dec. 26...right wing Rickard Rakell
, selected in the first round (30th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, contributed two assists (0-2=2) in the Sweden win...center William Karlsson
, selected in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2011 draft, is also playing for Team Sweden...in Team USA’s 11-3 victory over Denmark on Dec. 26, Emerson Etem
picked up a pair of assists (0-2=2)...a native of Long Beach, California, Etem was selected by Anaheim in the first round (29th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft...John Gibson
(second round, 39th overall in 2011) is one half of the Team USA goaltending tandem for the tournament...Anaheim had a total of six prospects in the tournament until right wing Devante Smith-Pelly
suffered a fractured left foot (fractured first metatarsal bone) after blocking a shot during Team Canada's 8-1 win over Finland on Dec. 26...Smith-Pelly, who has appeared in 26 games with Anaheim this season, is expected to miss 4-6 weeks...the Ducks went into the tournament tied for the second-most prospects in the tournament with Chicago and Minnesota...Florida leads with seven prospects in the 2012 World Juniors. SCHULTZ TOP DEFENSEMAN IN NCAA:
In NCAA hockey, junior defenseman Justin Schultz
ranks tied for second among ALL Div. 1 players in scoring and tied for third in assists with 9-19=28 points in 18 games...Schultz is currently riding a six-game point streak (5-7=12), a streak that includes a career-high four-point game (2-2=4) on Nov. 25 vs. Mercyhurst...the Wisconsin Badger (WCHA) is the only defenseman ranked in the top 20 among all NCAA scorers this season. ONE MORE YEAR:
41-year-old right winger Teemu Selanne
is in the midst of his 20th NHL season and 13th with the Ducks...in 1,294 career NHL games with Winnipeg, Anaheim, San Jose and Colorado, Selanne has earned 648-727=1,375 points...he currently ranks 13th on the NHL’s all-time goal scoring list (second among active players; Jagr), 45th in assists (fourth among active players), and 22nd in points (third among active players)...with 1-1=2 points on Dec. 19 at Dallas, Selanne moved past Mike Modano for sole possession of 22nd in NHL all-time scoring...in 809 career contests with Anaheim, Selanne has scored 421-485=906 points with 419 PIM and a +125 rating...he is the club's all-time leader in goals, points, assists, games played, plus/minus, PPG (168), PPP (381), GWG (69), shots (2,654) and OT goals (6)...since competing in his first game with the Ducks on Feb. 10, 1996, Selanne has become the fifth-fastest player to reach 900 points with one NHL club in that time (Iginla (CGY), 1,034; Alfredsson (OTT), 1,007; Sakic (COL), 934; Lidstrom (DET), 907 & Selanne (ANA), 906))…not factored in are Selanne’s 80-83=163 points in 254 games with San Jose and Colorado within that time period since 1996 (stats courtesy Elias Sports Bureau).