: The Anaheim Ducks (32-24-4, 68 pts.) open a season-long seven-game homestand against Southern California rival Los Angeles on Wednesday at Honda Center (7 p.m., KDOC/AM 830)...the seven-game homestand marks the longest for the Ducks since Mar. 7-21, 2010 and is just one game shy of the longest homestand in club history (eight games, three times)...14 of the club's final 22 games will be played at HOME...at Honda Center, Anaheim has won eight of the last 11 (8-3-0), dating back to Dec. 10 vs. Calgary...the club has posted a 17-9-1 record at Honda Center this season and is on pace for 26 wins at home in 2010-11, which would equal the second-most in club history (2005-06 and 2006-07) and just two wins shy of the club record set in 2007-08 (28-9-4)...overall, Anaheim has gone 8-5-0 in the last 13 contests, 11-6-0 in the last 17 and 14-7-0 since Dec. 28 at Phoenix (date of Ryan Getzlaf
's injury, a 14-game absence)...in addition, the club has gone 20-10-1 over the last 31 games...since the 2005-06 season, the team has a 129-73-22 combined record (280 pts., .628 win%) over the final 41 games of each season (12-7-0 this year)...following Wednesday’s game, the homestand will continue on Friday vs. Minnesota (Feb. 25, 7:05 p.m.) and Sunday vs. Colorado (Feb. 27, 5:05 p.m.).
THE RIVALRY RESUMES:
Wednesday marks the third of six meetings between the Ducks and Kings this season…it will be the 99th contest between the two teams in history, with the 100th taking place on Saturday, Mar. 19 at Staples Center (7:30 p.m.)…over the last 12 contests at HOME vs. Los Angeles, the Ducks have posted an 8-3-1 record (17 of a possible 24 points), dating back to Sept. 30, 2007 (played at the O2 Arena in London, but considered a Ducks “home” game)…Anaheim has compiled a 43-35-20 all-time record vs. Los Angeles, including a 24-10-14 mark at Honda Center... the Ducks opened the 2010-11 season series with a 2-0 win on Nov. 29 at Honda Center, marking the sixth team shutout vs. the Kings in club history…it also marked the first shutout against Los Angeles since Nov. 16, 2008 at Honda Center (2-0)…Cam Fowler
scored his first career game-winning goal in the contest and Jonas Hiller
stopped all 27 shots he faced for his seventh career shutout...on Dec. 26 at Staples Center, the Ducks faltered in a 4-1 defeat...after the historic 100th franchise contest on Mar. 19, the final two games in the season series will close the 2010-11 regular season for the two clubs on Apr. 8 at Honda Center (7:05 p.m.) and Apr. 9 at Staples Center (7:30 p.m.).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Corey Perry
leads the Ducks with 30-36=66 points (also in goals) and ranks tied for fifth in the NHL in scoring, sixth in goals, tied for fifth in PPG (10), tied for sixth in GWG (6) and tied for eighth in points-per-game (1.10)...Perry had his season-high seven-game point streak (Feb. 2-18, 5-10=15) snapped on Feb. 19 @ STL...he also has 9-12=21 points in the last 15 games and 14-16=30 in 25...Perry is on pace for a career-high 91-point season...Lubomir Visnovsky
has 1-5=6 points in his last 11 games...he is on pace for a 63-point season, which would be his highest point total since he had a career-high 17-50=67 points in 2005-06...he ranks third among NHL defensemen in scoring and tied for second in assists, and ranks tied for ninth in defensemen goals...in addition, Teemu Selanne
's 11 PPG rank fourth in the NHL while his 1.08 points-per-game average ranks 10th...Selanne has points in six of the last seven games (4-6=10) and earned 5-9=14 points in his last 10...he is on pace for a 79-point season (would be highest since 2006-07, 48-46=94)...Bobby Ryan
ranks tied for seventh in the NHL in goals, and has scored seven goals in the last 10 games (7-4=11) and earned 13-7=20 points in the last 17...since his return from injury, Ryan Getzlaf
has strung together a six-game point streak (2-8=10)...his 1.02 points-per-game ranks 11th in the NHL...in addition, rookie Brandon McMillan
has points in six of his last seven games (3-3=6)...Cam Fowler
leads NHL rookie defensemen in scoring and assists, and ranks tied for first in goals (7-22=29)...he also ranks second among all NHL rookies in assists, leads in average TOI (22:30), and ranks 10th in rookie scoring.POWER PLAY:
Over the last 17 games, the Ducks are 17-for-56 on the power play (30.4%)...the club's 22.9% power play conversion rate (46-for-201) in 2010-11 ranks third in the NHL...in addition, Anaheim leads the NHL in home power play percentage (26-for-98, 26.5%) and ranks ninth on the road (20-for-103, 19.4%).
POSITIVE EFFORT: Toni Lydman
ranks tied for second in the NHL in plus/minus (+25) this season...he has earned a career-tying +3 rating on five occasions and has been a plus-or-even in 48 of his 56 appearances this season...Lydman ranks fifth in the NHL with 138 blocked shots, leading a Ducks team that ranks sixth in the NHL and first in the Western Conference with 921 blocks...Lydman is on pace for a career-high 29-point season (scored 28 points w/CGY in 2001-02).ROAD WARRIORS:
The Ducks have won six of their last eight road games (6-2-0) and recently completed a road win streak which ties for the third-longest in the NHL this season (6-0-0, Jan. 22-Feb.13)...the six-game road winning streak was the club's longest since Mar. 19-Apr. 4, 2009 (also six games) and one shy of the club record...the streak also equaled the third-longest in the NHL this season (also DET and CBJ)...with recent wins in Colorado, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton from Feb. 5-13, the Ducks swept a road trip of four games or more for only the third time in club history.
HILLER STANDS TALL: Jonas Hiller
is currently on IR with lightheadedness and will miss Wednesday's game vs. LA...to date, he has missed a total of five contests due to the condition...despite missing time, Hiller currently ranks among NHL goaltenders in saves (3rd, 1,373), SV% (T-4th, .925), shutouts (T-5th, 5), wins (T-6th, 26-16-3) and appearances (T-5th, 48)...over his last 15 games (10-3-0), Hiller has compiled a .935 SV% (406-of-434) and a 2.15 GAA (28 GA/781 MIN).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 tied for 14th in all-time goals, 32nd in points (currently 625-690=1,315)
and ninth in PPG (231)...he matched former teammate Joe Sakic for 14th in all-time goals on Feb. 19 at St. Louis...Selanne reached the 1,300-point milestone on Jan. 16 vs. Edmonton, becoming the 32nd NHL player to accomplish the feat... Selanne also collected his 100th career game-winning goal on Feb. 13 at Edmonton...only five other players have recorded 100 career GWG (G, Howe (121), P. Esposito (118), J. Jagr (112), Brett Hull (110) and B. Shanahan (109)).