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Ducks Notes

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
DOWN THE STRETCH: With 10 games remaining in the 2010-11 regular season, the Ducks 40-27-5, 85 points, 8th in West) head to Dallas, Nashville and Chicago this week…the Ducks have eclipsed the 40-win mark for the fifth time in six years and sixth time overall in franchise history (also 2002-03, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09)...the Ducks have won three straight games and five of their last six contests (5-1-0)...the club is also 8-2-1 in its last 11 contests, earning 17 of a possible 22 points...overall, Anaheim is 19-9-1 in the last 29 and 22-10-1 in 33.

PERRY HAVING A CAREER YEAR: Corey Perry has 39 goals this season, ranking second in the NHL (fifth in points with 79)…he also leads the NHL with 16 third period goals AND 18 third period/OT goals…he has nine game-winning goals this season, ranking tied for second in the NHL…with 2-1=3 points on Sunday vs. Calgary, he established a new career high in points (currently 39-40=79)...Perry scored back-to-back OT goals on Mar. 19 and 21, becoming the first Ducks player to record OT goals in back-to-back games and the first in the NHL to do so since Todd Bertuzzi (DET) on Dec. 11-12, 2009...his 39 goals are the most by a Ducks player since Teemu Selanne scored 48 goals in 2006-07...he is trying to become just the third 40+ goal scorer in club history, joining Selanne (five times) and Paul Kariya (three times)…since his debut season in 2005-06 in which he scored 25 points, Perry has subsequently increased his point total in each of the next five seasons (25, 44, 54, 72, 76 and 79 in six NHL campaigns)...Perry and Henrik Sedin are the only players since 2000-01 to accomplish the feat...Perry has scored eight goals over the last six games (8-3=11).

LEADING THE PACK: Lubomir Visnovsky leads all NHL defensemen in scoring (58) and points-per-game (.82), ranks second in assists (44), and tied for fourth in goals (14)...Scott Niedermayer (2006-07) is the only player in team history to lead NHL defensemen in scoring...Visnovsky’s 14 goals are two shy of the single-season club record for goals by a defenseman...he has points in five of the last six games (2-5=7) and has collected 5-7=12 points over the last nine games...he scored five goals over three games (5-2=7) from Mar. 4-9, becoming the first Ducks defenseman all-time to accomplish the feat...he also became the club's first defenseman to record a hat trick on Mar. 4 vs. Dallas...he 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.

SCORING BALANCE: The Ducks are the only team in the NHL with four 60+ scorers, a list that includes Corey Perry (79), Teemu Selanne (67), Ryan Getzlaf (61) and Bobby Ryan (60) addition, Anaheim is one of only two NHL teams (also San Jose) with five players on the roster with 50-or-more points (Perry, Selanne, Getzlaf, Ryan and Lubomir Visnovsky (58))...Anaheim is the only team with three players averaging over a point-per-game (Perry, Selanne, Getzlaf) the last six games, Anaheim's top line of Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan has combined for 12-14=26 points.

NET PERFORMANCES: In his first three games with the Ducks, Ray Emery has gone 2-0-0 with a .972 SV% (70-of-72) and 0.86 GAA (2 GA/139 MIN)…he was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week for Mar. 14-20 after winning his first two starts with Anaheim (.968 SV%, 0.98 GAA) on Mar. 16 vs. St. Louis and Mar. 19 at Los nine contests with Anaheim, Dan Ellis has gone 6-2-1 with a 2.69 GAA (24 GA/535 MIN) and .902 SV% (222-of-246).

BETTER WITH AGE: Teemu Selanne (40 years old) has 22-45=67 points this season in 63 games…only three players in NHL history age 40+ have recorded more (see chart below)...Selanne is one of 16 NHL players to average over one point-per-game (10th with 1.06)…the second-oldest player on that list is Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis (35 yrs.) who is currently averaging 1.18 points-per-game...Selanne ranks tied for third in the NHL with 12 PPG and has 1-6=7 points over the last six games...he also has scored 2-8=10 in the last nine...Selanne is on pace for a 77-point season, his highest point total since he scored 94 in 2006-07.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Including a four-point night (1-3=4) on Sunday vs. Calgary in which he collected his 400th NHL point, Ryan Getzlaf has 2-7=9 points in the last six games along with 5-19=24 in 17...he ranks ninth in the NHL in point-per-game (1.07)…Bobby Ryan, who has 2-4=6 points in the last six games, ranks tied for eighth in the NHL in goals...Ryan, who is three goals shy of matching his career best of 35, is also tied for fifth in the league in goals since Jan. 1 (17)...Ryan has 4-8=12 points in 12 games and earned 17-15=32 points in the last 29...Cam Fowler, who has points in three of four games (0-3=3), leads all rookies in avg. TOI (22:27) and ranks tied for fourth in assists...among rookie defensemen, he ranks tied for second in goals, assists and points.

POSITIVE EFFORT: Toni Lydman leads the NHL in plus/minus (+32) 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 58 of his 68 appearances this season...Lydman also leads Anaheim and ranks tied for seventh in the NHL with 157 blocked shots...he is on pace for a career-tying 28-point season (also 2001-02 w/CGY).

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 14th in all-time goals, tied for 30th in points (currently 628-699=1,327) and tied for eighth in PPG (232)...with three points (1-2=3) on Mar. 20 vs. Calgary, he matched Pierre Turgeon for 30th in all-time points, Dino Ciccarelli for a share of eighth in all-time PPG and passed Brendan Shanahan and Dave Andreychuk for sole possession of 49th in all-time assists.
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