The Ducks (3-3-2, 8 pts.) wrap up a two-game homestand tonight vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets (2-3-1, 5 pts.) at Honda Center (7 p.m. PDT, Prime Ticket/AM 830). The Ducks have earned standings points in four consecutive games (3-0-1, 7 pts.) and five of the last six (3-1-2, 8 pts.), both season highs. Tonight concludes an October schedule that featured nine regular season games, tied for the fewest in an opening month in club history (also 1998-99).
Anaheim's three home games in October also matched 1998-99 as the team's fewest played in the first month of a season. The Ducks are in the midst of 13 consecutive days spent in Southern California (five home games and one against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center). Anaheim's next game is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 1 in Los Angeles (7:30 p.m. PDT).
The Ducks are coming off a 6-1 victory over the Nashville Predators at Honda Center on Wednesday night in a game that featured three power-play goals and two shorthanded goals from Anaheim for the first time in club history. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last NHL team to do so was Edmonton on March 18, 2008 vs. Phoenix (also 3 PPG and 2 SHG). The Ducks also tied a franchise record for most shorthanded goals in a period in the second (also Dec. 20, 1996 vs. Calgary). Jakob Silfverberg recorded his ninth career multi-goal game (2g) along with his fifth career shorthanded goal, while Corey Perry surpassed Paul Kariya (669) for sole possession of third on the franchise's all-time scoring list with a goal that represented his 670th career NHL point.
The Blue Jackets conclude their four-game road trip tonight after dropping a 3-1 contest last night in San Jose. Veteran forward Scott Hartnell scored the lone goal for Columbus, which has gone 1-1-1 in this excursion away from Nationwide Arena.
This is the first of two contests against the Blue Jackets this season, and the lone game played at Honda Center. The Ducks are 26-19-7 all-time against the Blue Jackets, including a 14-8-5 record in Orange County. Anaheim has earned standings points in 10 of the last 12 games vs. Columbus dating to a 7-4 win on Jan. 8, 2012 at Honda Center (16 of a possible 24 points). The Ducks also enter tonight's game having won two straight over the Jackets here at Honda Center. Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf's 42 points (12g/30a) in 34 career games lead current Anaheim skaters against Columbus. These two teams will conclude the season set on Nov. 9 at Nationwide Arena, marking Anaheim's earliest season series finale of 2016-17.