PLAYOFF RACE HEATING UP:
With only 30 games remaining on the 2010-11 regular season schedule, the Anaheim Ducks (28-20-4, 60 pts.) return from the All-Star break to host the San Jose Sharks Wednesday night at Honda Center (7:05 p.m., KDOC/AM 830)...the Ducks currently stand fifth in the Western Conference, five points behind division-leading Dallas…the Ducks went 3-1-0 during an Eastern Canadian road trip that also saw a stop in Columbus prior to the break...Anaheim has won four of the last five games (4-1-0), seven of nine (7-2-0) and gone 10-3-0 since the date of captain Ryan Getzlaf
's injury (Dec. 28 at Phoenix)...that 10-3-0 record represents a league-leading .769 win percentage since Dec. 28...in addition, the club has gone 15-7-1 over the last 23 contests...Anaheim's current record is five points ahead of last year's pace through 52 games (24-21-7, 55 pts.)...since the 2005-06 season, the team has a 125-69-22 combined record (272 pts., .630 win%) over the final 41 games of each season (8-3-0 this year).
The Ducks finished last month with an 8-3-0 record for a franchise-record .727 win percentage in January...the .727 mark bests the previous January high set during 2005-06 (.692, 7-2-4)...the previous second-best January (by win percentage) was in 2007-08 (.654; 8-4-1)...Jonas Hiller
went 7-3-0 with a 2.24 GAA and .936 SV% in January, ranking tied for third among NHL goaltenders in wins, tied for fourth in saves (321), eighth in SV% and tied for second in shutouts (2)...among other January leaders, Bobby Ryan
finished tied for eighth in goals (7); Lubomir Visnovsky
tied for second in assists (12), tied for third among defensemen and tied for 12th overall in points (13); Teemu Selanne
was tied for the league lead in power play goals (4); and Cam Fowler
finished the month tied for first among rookie defensemen and tied for seventh among all rookies in scoring (2-6=8).
Over the last nine games, the Ducks are 13-for-27 on the power play (48.1%)...the club's 24.4% power play conversion rate (42-for-172) in 2010-11 ranks second in the NHL...the Ducks also led the league in PP% in the month of January at 38.2% (13-for-34)…in addition, Anaheim is second in home power play (24-for-91, 26.4%) and ranks fifth on the road (18-for-81, 22.2%)...on the penalty kill, the Ducks have killed 40-of-45 (88.9%) power play attempts since the third period of the Dec. 28 at Phoenix (spanning 13 games).
HILLER STANDS TALL: Jonas Hiller
has compiled a .939 SV% (387-of-412) and a 2.12 GAA (25 GA/70 MIN) over the last 13 games (9-3-0)...among NHL goaltenders, Hiller ranks first in wins (25-16-3), appearances (46) and saves (1,354), fifth in SV% (.926), and tied for fifth in shutouts (4)...over the last 23 games, Hiller has gone 14-6-1 with a 2.04 GAA (42 GA/1233 MIN) and .941 SV% (666-of-708)...during that stretch, he had a 178:34-minute scoreless streak spanning four games from Jan. 5-12...in the shootout, Hiller has denied 11 consecutive attempts and 21 of 22 since Dec. 7...among NHL goaltenders in shootouts, he ranks second in shots against (26), tied for fourth in wins (4), and sixth in SV% (.846; min. 10 attempts).
The Ducks and Sharks meet for the 100th time in the regular season Wednesday at Honda Center, marking the first time Anaheim has played 100 contests vs. any NHL club...all-time, Anaheim is 44-47-8 against San Jose, including a 20-24-5 mark at Honda Center.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Corey Perry
leads the Ducks with 25-26=51 points this season…he ranks tied for ninth in the NHL in scoring and tied for seventh in goals...Perry has increased his point total in each of his six NHL seasons and is on pace for a career-high 80-point season...Bobby Ryan
has reached the 20-goal plateau (22-17=39) for the third consecutive season and ranks tied for 11th in the NHL in goals...Cam Fowler
co-leads NHL rookie defensemen in scoring, ranks first in assists, and is tied for second in goals (5-21=26)...he also ranks second among NHL rookies in assists, leads average TOI (22:23), and ranks tied for sixth in overall rookie scoring...Lubomir Visnovsky
, who has points in three straight games (0-4=4), is on pace for a 69-point season, which would establish a career high...he is tied for second among NHL defensemen in scoring and assists, and tied for seventh in goals...in addition, Teemu Selanne
's 1.05 points-per-game average ranks ninth in the NHL.
POSITIVE EFFORT: Toni Lydman
ranks second in the NHL in plus/minus (+24) this season...he has earned a career-tying +3 rating on five occasions and been a plus-or-even in 42 of his 48 appearances this season...Lydman ranks third in the NHL with 124 blocked shots, leading a Ducks team that ranks fifth in the NHL and first in the Western Conference with 799 blocks...Lydman is on pace for a career-high 33-point season.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Teemu Selanne
is one of 18 players in NHL history to score 600 goals and one of only three Europeans, following Jaromir Jagr (CZE) and Jari Kurri (FIN)...Selanne ranks 15th in all-time goals, 32nd in points (currently 621-684=1,305) and ninth in PPG (230)...Selanne reached the 1,300-point milestone on Jan. 16 vs. Edmonton, becoming the 32nd NHL player to accomplish the feat... with his 684th assist on Jan. 25 at Columbus, he surpassed Brad Park for sole possession of 54th place in all-time NHL assists...Selanne is currently only four assists shy of tying Henri Richard for 53rd place and also one shy of 100 career game-winning goals...only five players have recorded 100 career GWG, including Gordie Howe (121), Phil Esposito (118), Jagr (112), Brett Hull (110) and Brendan Shanahan (109).