TONIGHT'S GAME: The Anaheim Ducks face the San Jose Sharks tonight as the second half of a home-and-home series between the two teams...the Ducks fell to the Sharks in a shootout, 2-1 on Sunday evening at Honda Center...the club enters the game undefeated in regulation versus San Jose this season, going 2-0-1...Anaheim looks to extend their win streak at HP Pavilion to four games tonight (one win this season, two wins last season)...the Ducks have posted an impressive record against San Jose in their last nine regular season contests, going 6-1-2 overall, dating back to Dec. 26, 2006 (4-3 win @ SJ)...the two clubs will play each other for the third time this week when they face off once again Saturday evening at San Jose.
•Head Coach Randy Carlyle is appearing in his 200th game as an NHL head coach tonight...in 199 career NHL contests as a head coach, Carlyle owns a 106-62-31 record, earning 243 standings points...he recently earned his 100th win as an NHL head coach on Nov. 15 @ LA in a 6-2 Anaheim victory…Carlyle is just 14 wins short of tying the Ducks’ first head coach, Ron Wilson (now head coach of the San Jose Sharks), as the winningest coach in franchise history…below is a look: Head Coach Years Coached No. Games Record Win Percentage Ron Wilson 1993-1997 296 120-145-31 .458, 271 pts. Randy Carlyle 2005-present 199 106-62-31 .611, 243 pts. Craig Hartsburg 1998-2000 197 80-82-29-6 .495, 195 pts. Mike Babcock 2002-2004 164 69-62-19-4 .491, 161 pts. Bryan Murray 2001-2002 82 29-42-8-3 .421, 69 pts. Pierre Page 1997-1998 82 26-43-13 .396, 65 pts. Guy Charron 2000-2001 49 14-26-7-2 .378, 37 pts. •The Ducks are 11-8-4 (26 points) in their last 23 games and have picked up standings points in 15 of those contests...Anaheim comes into tonight's contest looking for its fourth win in eight games. •Nine of Anaheim's last 23 games have gone into overtime or a shootout...in those nine contests, the Ducks have gone 4-3 in the shootout and 1-1 in overtime...on Dec. 10 in Columbus, the Ducks earned their first win in overtime with a 4-3 victory over the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena...the Ducks are second in the NHL with 10 overtime appearances this year and rank second in points gained after regulation (15)...goaltender J.S. Giguere has stopped 13 of his last 16 consecutive shootout attempts against him. •When leading after the first period, the Ducks have gone 7-1-1 (.833) this season...leading after two periods, the Ducks are 9-1-1 (.864)...when scoring the game's first goal, Anaheim is 7-3-1 (.682). •Right wing Todd Bertuzzi is currently riding a season-high three-game point streak (2-1=3). •Center Ryan Getzlaf has 2-6=8 points in his last six games, including his team-leading 23rd assist of the season on Dec. 14 vs. Minnesota...right wing Corey Perry has contributed 4-3=7 points in the last seven games. •Newly acquired center Doug Weight leads the Ducks with 10-42=52 points in 58 games all-time against the San Jose Sharks.
WELCOME BACK: The Ducks made it official on Saturday, Dec. 15, terminating the suspension of defenseman Scott Niedermayer and placing him on the active roster...in his season debut, he logged 23:52 of ice time (fourth-highest total on the team) with a game-high eight shots and a +1 rating...Niedermayer, 34 (8/31/73), announced his return to the Ducks on Dec. 5 prior to the team’s home game against the Buffalo Sabres...Niedermayer helped lead Anaheim to its first Stanley Cup championship last season, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the 2007 playoffs...with 15-54=69 points in 79 regular season games last year, Niedermayer became the first Duck to lead NHL defensemen in scoring, a career first...a finalist for the James Norris Memorial Trophy (top NHL defenseman) and a 2007 Western Conference All-Star, he set career highs in goals, assists and points, breaking his own club single-season records in assists and points from the previous campaign...signed as a free agent on Aug. 4, 2005, Niedermayer has won four Stanley Cup championships since making his NHL debut with the New Jersey Devils during the 1991-92 season...he is the only player in hockey history to have won a Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold Medal, World Championship, World Cup, Memorial Cup and World Junior title...Niedermayer has been named a Norris Trophy finalist each of the last three seasons, winning the award in 2004...he has been named to four NHL All-Star teams during his career and has produced 10 overtime goals, the most all-time by an NHL defenseman...originally selected by New Jersey in the first round (third overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, Niedermayer has split his 15-season NHL career between the Devils (1991-2004) and Ducks (2005-07)...in 1,054 career games, Niedermayer has recorded 140-468=608 points with a +187 rating and 662 penalty minutes (PIM)...his Anaheim totals include 28-104=132 points with a +15 rating and 88 PIM in 162 regular season games.
LET'S MAKE A DEAL: On Dec. 14, the Ducks acquired center Doug Weight, left wing Michal Birner and a seventh round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for center Andy McDonald...Weight, 36 (1/21/71), scored 4-7=11 points with a +4 rating and 12 penalty minutes (PIM) in 29 games with the Blues this season...in addition, he collected an assist, his first as a Duck on the club's lone goal, Dec. 16 vs. SJ...the four-time NHL All-Star (1996, 1998, 2001, 2003) has scored 4-2=6 points in his last five games...a native of Detroit, MI, Weight helped Carolina to a Stanley Cup championship in 2006, scoring 3-13=16 points in 23 playoff games...he has scored 259-697=956 points with 877 PIM in 1,094 career NHL games between the New York Rangers (1990-93), Edmonton Oilers (1993-2001), Blues (2001-07), Carolina (2006) and Anaheim (2007-08)...in addition, he has played for Team USA in the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics, 1996 and 2004 World Cup, and 2005 World Championship...Birner, 21 (3/2/86), has appeared in 18 games for Peoria (Blues’ AHL affiliate) this season, scoring 2-5=7 points with four PIM...originally selected by St. Louis in the fourth round (116th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Birner played his first professional season with Peoria last year...in 66 games for the Rivermen, he scored 11-17=28 points with 20 PIM...a native of Litomerice, Czech Republic, Birner split his time in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) between Barrie and Saginaw from 2004-2006...in 119 OHL games, he collected 42-85=127 points with 132 PIM in 119 games...Birner, who played for Team Czech Republic at the 2005 World Junior Championship, also captured a bronze medal as a member of the Czech Republic team at the 2004 World Junior Under-18 Championship in Belarus...McDonald, 30 (8/25/77), appeared in 33 games with the Ducks this season, scoring 4-12=16 points with 30 PIM.
RANKED: Recently acquired from the St. Louis Blues, center Doug Weight ranks among NHL leaders in numerous all-time categories, including assists and points by active players and U.S.-born players. *ACTIVE
YOUTH MOVEMENT: Center Ryan Getzlaf and right wing Corey Perry, Anaheim's top two scorers, rank among the NHL's leading scorers aged 22 and younger this season...currently Getzlaf and Perry rank sixth and ninth on the list, respectively.
DUCKS RECALL CARTER & RYAN: Yesterday, the Ducks recalled center Ryan Carter from the Portland Pirates, Anaheim's primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL)...Carter, 24 (8/3/83), has appeared in six regular season games with the Ducks this season (scoreless)...now in his third stint with Anaheim in 2007-08, Carter made his NHL regular season debut on Sept. 30 against the Los Angeles Kings in London, England...Carter has played in 13 games for Portland this year, scoring 3-2=5 points with a +3 rating and 38 penalty minutes (PIM)...in his last game with the Pirates, Carter scored the lone goal to lead his team to a 1-0 victory over Springfield on Dec. 16 in Portland...on Saturday, Dec. 15, the Ducks also recalled right wing Bobby Ryan from Portland...Ryan, 20 (3/17/87), scored his second NHL goal in Sunday's game versus San Jose...he has also scored 10-14=24 points with a +6 rating and six penalty minutes (PIM) in 25 games with the Pirates this season...at the time of his recall, he led Portland in plus/minus (+6), was tied for the team lead in power play goals and ranked second in goals and points...he recorded seven multiple-point games, including a season-high 2-1=3 point contest on Nov. 17 at Worcester...that Nov. 17 game sparked an 11-game stretch that produced 7-6=13 points for Ryan prior to his Anaheim promotion...originally selected by Anaheim in the first round (second overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Ryan began the 2007-08 regular season with the Ducks...in total, he has appeared in five games with Anaheim, scoring 2-0=2 points...a native of Cherry Hill, NJ, Ryan led Owen Sound of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in scoring for the second consecutive season in 2006-07...in 63 games with the Attack, Ryan had 43-49=102 points, finishing eighth in OHL scoring and fourth in power play goals.
MOVING ON UP: Defenseman Mathieu Schneider recorded his 203rd NHL career goal (PPG) during the second period in Anaheim's 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Dec. 5 at Honda Center...that goal moved him into a tie for fifth place among U.S.-born defensemen in career goals on the all-time list...on Dec. 7 @ Chicago, Schneider scored his 204th career NHL goal, giving him sole possession of fifth place...below is a complete look at the most career goals scored by U.S.-born defensemen: CAREER SEASONS PLAYER GOALS PLAYED TEAMS 1. Phil Housley 338 21 BUF, WIN, STL, CGY, NJ, WSH, CHI, TOR 2. Brian Leetch 247 19 NYR, TOR, BOS 3. Kevin Hatcher 227 17 WSH, DAL, PIT, NYR, CAR 4. Reed Larson 222 17 DET, BOS, EDM, NYI, MIN, BUF 5. Mathieu Schneider 204 20 MTL, NYI, TOR, NYR, LA, DET, ANA 6. Gary Suter 203 18 CGY, CHI, SJ 7. Mark Howe 197 16 HFD, PHI, DET 8. Chris Chelios 183 23 MTL, CHI, DET
DUCKS EXTEND GETZLAF: On Nov. 20, the Anaheim Ducks signed center Ryan Getzlaf to a five-year contract extension beginning next season and running through 2012-13...Getzlaf, 22 (5/10/85), has recorded 13-23=36 points in 33 games with the Ducks this season...with points in 14 of his last 18 games (9-13=22), Getzlaf leads the team in points scored and assists...Getzlaf led the 2007 Stanley Cup champions in postseason scoring with 7-10=17 points, setting a Ducks record for most points in a single playoff season...among NHL postseason leaders, he finished tied for second in game-winning goals (3) and short-handed goals (1), fifth in scoring, tied for sixth in assists, and tied for fifth in power play points...he also finished tied for second on the team in goal scoring...originally selected in the first round (19th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Getzlaf made his NHL debut with the Ducks during the 2005-06 regular season...Getzlaf has also played in 37 career playoff games, recording 10-14=24 points...he is the only active NHL player 22-or-younger with at least 20 playoff points.
BACK-TO-BACK: Tonight's game marks the first game of a back-to-back...the Ducks head home tomorrow to take on the Colorado Avalanche at Honda Center...the club recently completed back-to-back games on Dec. 7 in Chicago and Dec. 8 at Nashville, going 1-1...Anaheim plays 32 total back-to-back games this season, four more than in 2006-07...the Ducks have played 10 back-to-back games this year, going 4-6-0...last season they participated in 28 back-to-back games and were 19-4-5 overall; 9-2-3 in the first game and 10-2-2 in the second game.
WINNING AT HONDA CENTER: Including an 8-6-4 record this year, the Anaheim Ducks are 54-17-16 in their last 87 regular season games at Honda Center dating back to Nov. 25, 2006...the Ducks have a .668 winning percentage (97-39-37, 231 pts.) over the last 173 home games, earning at least one point in 134 of those 173 contests (19-6-8 in the last 33 home games of 2002-03 season and 19-11-11 in 2003-04)...Anaheim finished the 2006-07 regular season with a home record of 26-6-9, tying the club record for home wins in a season (26-10-5 in 2005-2006)...the Ducks also went 10-2 at home in the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs, clinching all four series wins at Honda Center.
PACKING ’EM IN: The Ducks recorded their 52nd consecutive sellout at Honda Center on Sunday evening versus the San Jose Sharks...the 52 current sellouts include 40 regular season and 12 playoff games...in August, the Ducks capped season ticket sales at 15,000 and started a waiting list for future orders...the Ducks currently have the third-longest active regular-season sellout streak among U.S.-based NHL teams...Minnesota leads the way with 261 consecutive regular season sellouts...next is the New York Rangers with 91...Anaheim is third with 40, the longest active streak of any U.S. team on the west coast...Pittsburgh ranks fifth with 29 straight regular season sellouts...among Canadian teams, Vancouver leads with 190 consecutive regular season sellouts and is followed by Toronto (174), Calgary (141), Montreal (116), Edmonton (90) and Ottawa (13).
SHOOTOUT: Prior to Nov. 1, 2007, the Ducks had won only two home shootout games all-time (2-11)...since that date, the club has won four shootouts (three at home) to improve to 11-21 overall and 6-13 lifetime at Honda Center...below is a complete look at the Ducks' shootout results this season:
The Ducks have 10 skaters on their 2007-08 roster who have competed in the shootout since its debut in the 2005-06 season...center Doug Weight leads the current Ducks roster with a 42.1 percent success rate (min. five attempts)...Anaheim has had four players score in the shootout this season, including defenseman Mathieu Schneider, (Nov. 1 vs. Columbus), Corey Perry (Nov. 17 @ San Jose and Dec. 16 vs. San Jose), Ryan Getzlaf(Nov. 9 vs. San Jose and Nov. 13 vs. Los Angeles) and Todd Bertuzzi (Dec. 16 vs. San Jose)...below is a look at the 2007-08 Ducks all-time individual shootout results: SKATERS S G S% GDG Bertuzzi, Todd 11 3 27.3 1 Getzlaf, Ryan 21 6 28.6 3 Kunitz, Chris 15 4 26.7 2 Niedermayer, Rob 3 1 33.3 1 Pahlsson, Samuel 1 0 0.0 0 Perry, Corey 14 4 28.6 2 Pronger, Chris 1 0 0.0 0 Ryan, Bobby 1 0 0.0 0 Schneider, Mathieu 2 1 50.0 1 Weight, Doug 19 8 42.1 2
GOALTENDERS W L SA GA SV% Giguere, J.S. 11 15 88 30 .659 Hiller, Jonas 0 1 2 2 .000
IT'S ABOUT TIME: Defenseman Chris Pronger has led the Anaheim Ducks in TOI in 19 of 35 games this season...Pronger played a season-high 32:56 on Oct. 28 vs. Edmonton, leads the National Hockey League in overall TOI (987:01) and avg. TOI (28:12)...right behind Pronger is teammate Francois Beauchemin, who ranks second in the NHL in overall TOI (985:45) and avg. TOI (28:09)...Beauchemin, who played a career-high 34:45 on Oct. 15 vs. Detroit has led the Ducks in TOI in 13 of 35 games this season...his avg. TOI has increased by over three minutes compared to the same point of last season.
FARM REPORT: The Portland Pirates have a record of 16-11-1-1 and are currently in fourth place in the American Hockey League's (AHL) Atlantic Division with 34 points...the Pirates have won four of their last four games and are 6-4-0-0 in their last 10...the club is led in scoring by center Andrew Ebbett (8-21=29) while right wing Jason King leads the team with nine goals...in their most recent game, the Pirates earned their second straight victory over Springfield on Sunday in as many nights...center Ryan Carter scored the lone goal in the game before being recalled to Anaheim the next day...recently reassigned Bruno St. Jacques recorded the single assist...goaltender Gerald Coleman was perfect for the Pirates, stopping all 25 shots he faced...the Pirates take on the Manchester Monarchs this evening on the road.