By Kyle Shohara
The Ducks will get their first look at their new division rival tonight at Honda Center, as the Calgary Flames come to town for what should be a closely contested battle between two hot teams.
Anaheim enters tonight’s game riding a four-game winning streak after dropping its season opener in Colorado. The Flames come to Southern California still without a regulation loss (3-0-2), and are led by 2013 first-round draft pick Sean Monahan.
“Just [watching him] on tape, he knows where the net is,” said head coach Bruce Boudreau, on Calgary’s sixth overall selection Monahan. “He’s always around the puck, and he can skate. I think they hit a home run drafting him.” Monahan, who turned 19 years old just four days ago, posted back-to-back 78-point seasons with the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League before making his NHL debut this season.
Although players come and go from season to season, one thing has remained the same regarding these two teams at Honda Center. The Ducks have not lost to the Flames at home in 16 consecutive regular season games, dating all the way back to January 19, 2004. In fact, it’s the longest home win streak against one opponent in franchise history.
To put things into perspective, the Ducks haven’t lost at home to the Flames since captain Ryan Getzlaf was still in juniors.
“I was in Calgary,” he said with a laugh. Getzlaf was a member of the Western Hockey League’s Calgary Hitmen at the time. “The media is the only one who ever knows that stuff. The players in the room don’t know. We go on a year-to-year basis. You have some rivalries with different groups and different teams. But, between the media and the coaches, they’re probably the only ones who know that streak is intact.”
In order for the Ducks to increase their home win streak against the Flames to 17, they’ll have to neutralize a team full of confidence.
“They’re a hard-working team that’s got a lot of confidence right now,” said Boudreau. “Everybody counted them out at the beginning of the year, and they’ve defied that. They’ve said ‘To hell with that. We’re a good team,’ and they’ve proven it so far. We realized how hard they worked last year. And, they didn’t have success last year. They’re going to be a really tough opponent.”
Ducks forward Emerson Etem says another fast start is paramount to success against a tough Flames squad. “We just need to keep going with our starts,” he said. “That’s the main goal each and every game. We need to come right out of the gate and make sure we’re getting pucks deep and not turning it over at both lines. Just play a simple game.”
Mathieu Perreault says success is also achieved by sticking to the system. “Keep the puck going forward, use our speed and get in on the forecheck,” he said. “We have so much speed on this team. This is when we’re good. We keep the puck moving and getting in on the forecheck.”
NOTES: Dustin Penner skated on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry this morning, and is expected to be in tonight’s lineup after missing Sunday’s game against the Senators.
“He looked good enough to play,” said Boudreau. “Whether I play him is a different story, but he looked good to play.”
Devante Smith-Pelly has been reassigned to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, the Ducks announced today. Smith-Pelly did not make an appearance for the Ducks following his October 14 recall.
ANAHEIM DUCKS NOTES
TONIGHT'S GAME: The Anaheim Ducks (4-1-0) continue a five-game homestand as the club hosts its new Pacific Division rival Calgary Flames tonight at Honda Center (7 p.m. PDT, PRIME TICKET/AM 830)...the Ducks are coming off a record-setting performance on Oct. 13 vs. Ottawa, setting club bests in shots on net (56) and first-period shots (24) en route to a 4-1 victory...after a season-opening loss in Colorado, the Ducks have won four straight games and outscored their opposition, 17-6...at 4-1-0, the Ducks have equaled the best start in team history...the other top starts were in 2011-12 (4-1-0, 8 points) and 2006-07 (3-0-2, 8 points)...Anaheim's best start through six games was in 2006-07, when the club opened with a 4-0-2 record for 10 points...in the 20-year history, no Ducks team has won five of their first six games...Anaheim's four straight wins is currently tied for the third-longest active winning streak in the league with St. Louis...Anaheim owns an all-time record of 672-618-207 (1,551 points, .518%) in 1,497 games since its NHL debut in 1993-94...over the last nine seasons, the Ducks have posted a regular-season record of 334-218-75 (.593%)...following tonight's game, the homestand will continue with contests vs. Phoenix (Friday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m.) and Dallas (Sunday, Oct. 20, 5 p.m.), which will mark Anaheim's 1,500th regular-season game all-time.
DUCKS-FLAMES: Anaheim and Calgary open a four-game season series tonight at Honda Center...the Ducks have won 16 consecutive home games over the Flames, the longest home win streak vs. one opponent in franchise history...Anaheim, which has not lost at home to Calgary since Jan. 19, 2004, is also 16-6-1 against its new Pacific Division rival dating to Nov. 29, 2007…the Ducks own an all-time record of 41-33-8 against the Flames, including a 27-8-6 mark at Honda Center…Teemu Selanne leads Anaheim skaters in career scoring vs. Calgary, earning 38-43=81 points in 73 games.
4-FOR-4: Jakob Silfverberg scored four goals in his first four games with the Ducks, becoming the third player in club history to accomplish the feat...Silfverberg joins an exclusive list that includes only Teemu Selanne, who scored four goals (4-2=6) from Feb. 10-15, 1996, and Daniel Winnik, who scored five (5-1=6) from Jan. 19-26, 2013...including his second career multi-goal game (2-0=2) on Oct. 10 vs. the New York Rangers, Silfverberg enters tonight's contest with points in four of his first five games as a Duck (4-1=5)...currently tied for 10th among NHL leaders in goal scoring, he also leads Anaheim in goals, ranks second in points and tied for fifth in plus/minus (+4).
ONE FINAL YEAR: Teemu Selanne began his final NHL season in 2013-14 season as the league's oldest active player and the oldest to ever compete in a Ducks uniform at 43 years and 92 days...Selanne ranks 11th among all-time leaders in goals (8 behind Jagr), 40th in all-time assists (3 behind Federko), 15th in all-time scoring (34 behind Mikita), third in all-time PPG (14 behind Brett Hull) and sixth in all-time GWG (2 behind Brendan Shanahan)...he is in the midst of his 22nd NHL season and 15th in an Anaheim uniform...Selanne is the franchise's all-time leader in scoring (964), goals (448), assists (516), games (906), plus/minus (+113), PPG (112), PPP (402), GWG (74), shots (2,863) and overtime goals (6).
BEHIND THE BENCH: Among all active NHL coaches, Ducks Head Coach Bruce Boudreau ranks second in win (points) percentage (.657), compiling a 262-124-54 record in 440 career games...he is second only to Pittsburgh’s Dan Bylsma, who has compiled a .672 win percentage over his 325 games with the Penguins (206-94-25)…Boudreau, along with San Jose coach Todd McLellan are the two fastest coaches in modern-day NHL history to reach 200 wins…Boudreau reached the 200-win mark Nov. 22, 2011 (w/Washington) in 326 games (200- 86-40), the fastest in modern day history...on Jan. 27, 2013, McLellan became the second-fastest coach in modern-day NHL history to win 200 games (now 226-108-48 in 382 career games) and owns a .654 win percentage, third among all active NHL coaches.
WHEN IT COUNTS: Since the start of the 2010-11 season, Corey Perry has scored 23 game-winning goals, tied for the most in the NHL with Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos.
LEADING THE WAY: Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf is one of four NHL players to average a point-per-game in five of the last six seasons, joining Washington's Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin...with 15-34=49 points in 44 games last season, Getzlaf finished tied for 10th in the NHL in scoring, tied for eighth in assists and tied for third in road scoring (9-21=30)...among team leaders, he led in scoring and assists, co-led in goals, tied for second in PPG (4) and tied for third in plus/minus (+14).
IRONMAN: Andrew Cogliano began the 2013-14 NHL season ranked third on the NHL’s active Ironman list…he has not missed a game since his NHL debut with Edmonton on Oct. 4, 2007, having appeared in 463 consecutive games with the Oilers and Ducks…the only players in the NHL who have played more games consecutively at this current time are STL’s Jay Bouwmeester at 641 and VAN’s Henrik Sedin at 636.
A LOOK BACK AT 2013-14: The Ducks won their second Pacific Division title in 2012-13 with a 30-12-6 record for 66 points, marking their best winning percentage in club history (.688 over 2007’s .671)…the 2012-13 Ducks also had the best points percentage in club history on the road with a 14-5-5 (.688) mark, also ahead of the 2007 team (.598)…the Ducks finished second in the Western Conference and third overall in the NHL, behind only Chicago and Pittsburgh…the club’s third-place finish in the overall league standings was the highest in club history...Anaheim completed its 2012-13 road schedule with a 14-5-5 record (33 points), the club's best road win percentage in club history (.688)...the Ducks had three players in the top 10 in plus/minus on the road, including Andrew Cogliano (+16, tied for third), Sheldon Souray (+13, tied for seventh) and Daniel Winnik (+12, tied for ninth)…Anaheim ranked third in the NHL in points earned on the road (Chicago, 38 and Pittsburgh, 36).
Cam Fowler - 200th NHL game, Oct. 13 vs. OTT
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Bryan Allen - 5 assists to 100 NHL assists
Francois Beauchemin - 5 appearances to 400 games as a Duck
Andrew Cogliano - 2 points to 200 NHL points
Teemu Selanne - 9 appearances to 1,400 NHL games