The Anaheim Ducks host St. Louis on Wednesday night at Honda Center (7:05 p.m., FS West/AM 830)…the Ducks (37-27-5, 79 pts.) have won five of the last seven games (5-2-0) and earned standings points in six of the last eight (5-2-1)...the Ducks have 13 games remaining on the season schedule, six of which will be played at home...over the final 13 games, the Ducks will play seven vs. the Pacific, three vs. the Northwest and three vs. the Central...overall, Anaheim is 16-9-1 in the last 26 and 19-10-1 since Dec. 28 at Phoenix (date of Ryan Getzlaf
's injury, a 14-game absence).
The Ducks are the only NHL team with five players with 50 points or more: Corey Perry
(75), Teemu Selanne
(63), Bobby Ryan
(60), Ryan Getzlaf
(57) and Lubomir Visnovsky
(56)…Anaheim is also one of only three NHL teams with three players (Perry, Selanne, Ryan) on the roster with 60 or more points (also Chicago and Vancouver)...in the last three games, Anaheim's top line of Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan has combined for 8-10=18 points.
PERRY HAVING A CAREER YEAR: Corey Perry
was named the NHL's Third Star of the Week for Mar. 7-13 after leading all goal scorers with 5-2=7 points in three games...Perry, who currently is riding a three-game goal streak, leads the Ducks and ranks fifth in the NHL in scoring, third in goals and tied for fourth in PPG (11)...Perry has 11-13=24 points in the last 17 games, 15-15=30 in 24 and 20-19=38 in 34...Perry is on pace for a career-high 89-point season and already set a career best in goals on Mar. 9 vs. the Rangers (33)...his 36-39=75 points on the season are just one shy of matching his career high (76, 2009-10)...Perry has increased his point total in each of his first five NHL seasons.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Bobby Ryan
, who has points in three straight games (2-4=6), ranks tied for sixth in the NHL in goals...Ryan, who is three goals shy of matching his career best of 35, is also tied for second in the league in goals since Jan. 1 (17, Michael Grabner has 20)...Ryan has points in eight of nine games (4-8=12), 11 of 13 (7-10=17) and earned 17-15=32 points in the last 26...since his return from injury, Ryan Getzlaf
has a three-game assist streak (1-4=5) along with points in 12 of 14 games (4-16=20), including a three-point effort (1-2=3) in Anaheim's 6-2 win over Colorado on Mar. 11...his 1.06 points-per-game ranks ninth in the NHL...Cam Fowler
leads all rookies in avg. TOI (22:34) and ranks tied for fourth in assists...among rookie defensemen, he is tied for first in goals, second in scoring, and tied for second in assists. MAKING HISTORY: Lubomir Visnovsky
owns a three-game assist streak (2-3=5) and has collected 5-5=10 points over the last six games...he had five goals over three games (5-2=7) from Mar. 4-9, becoming the first Ducks defenseman all-time to accomplish the feat...Visnovsky became the club's first defenseman to record a hat trick on Mar. 4 vs. Dallas and netted another pair on Mar. 9 vs. the New York Rangers...he has recently set career highs in points (4, Mar. 4) and plus/minus (+5, Mar. 9) while his hat trick was the second of his NHL career...among defensemen, Visnovsky shares the NHL lead in points, ranks second in assists and tied for fourth in goals...he ranks tied for second in points in March (10, tied Ovechkin & D. Sedin), trailing only Andrej Sekera (11)…Visnovsky is attempting to join Scott Niedermayer (2006-07) as the only players in team history to lead NHL defensemen in scoring...his 56 points through the first 69 regular season games equal the most by a defenseman in Ducks history (Niedermayer) and his 14 goals are two shy of the single-season club record for goals by a defenseman (Fredrik Olausson in 1998-99).BETTER WITH AGE: Teemu Selanne
(40 years old) has 21-42=63 points this season in 60 games….the only players in NHL history to record more points at age 40+ are Gordie Howe (twice), John Bucyk, and Alex Delvecchio (see chart below)...Selanne is one of 16 NHL players to average over one point-per-game (1.05)…the second-oldest player on that list is Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis (35 years old, 6/18/75) who is currently averaging 1.07 points-per-game. NET PERFORMANCE:
In eight contests with Anaheim, Dan Ellis
has gone 5-2-1 with a 2.54 GAA (20 GA/472 MIN) and .902 SV% (185-of-205)...since his Anaheim debut on Feb. 27, Ellis is tied for second among NHL goaltenders in wins...he won three straight games from Feb. 27-Mar. 4, compiling a 1.93 GAA and .924 SV% during that stretch...in his last 12 games with Anaheim and Tampa Bay, Ellis has stopped 282-of-309 shots for a .913 SV%, 2.28 GAA (27 GA/711 MIN) and 7-2-2 record. POSITIVE EFFORT: Toni Lydman
leads the NHL in plus/minus (+29) this season...he set a career high with a +4 rating on Mar. 9 vs. the Rangers and has been a plus or even in 55 of his 65 appearances this season...Lydman also leads Anaheim and is tied for ninth in the NHL with 149 blocked shots...he is on pace for a 27-point season, falling just shy of his career best (had 28 points w/CGY in 2001-02).