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Ducks to Open Regular Season Saturday in San Jose

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks kick off the 2015-16 NHL regular season on Saturday, Oct. 10 against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center (7:30 p.m. PDT)…Anaheim is 5-16-0 in all-time season openers, 17 of which have taken place on the road…the Ducks have opened the regular season against the Sharks on two occasions, including Oct. 9, 2008 in San Jose (L, 4-1) and Oct. 3, 2009 at Honda Center (L, 4-3)…Anaheim has the latest season-opening game of all 30 NHL teams in 2015-16…the Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals also begin their respective seasons on Saturday, however three-and-a-half hours earlier than the Ducks…following Saturday’s game, the Ducks will host their 2015-16 home opener vs. the Vancouver Canucks on Monday, Oct. 12 (7 p.m. PDT).

2015 PRESEASON
Anaheim concluded the exhibition schedule tied for the fourth-best record among NHL teams with a 5-0-1 mark…the Ducks earned standings points in all six games played (11 pts.) and allowed the second-fewest goals in the preseason with nine…the team went 3-0-0 at Honda Center and 1-0-1 in 3-on-3 OT periods that counted towards the preseason standings…the Ducks also improved on their preseason record last year, when they posted a 3-3-1 mark in seven exhibition contests…Corey Perry ranked tied for third among preseason leaders in goals (4), Anton Khudobin finished second among NHL goaltenders in SV% (.970) and tied for fourth in GAA (0.86), and Frederik Andersen tied for seventh in GAA (1.01) and ninth in SV% (.953)…Perry (4-0=4) led the Ducks in goals and points, while Sami Vatanen (3) and Nick Ritchie (3) co-led the club in assists.

2014-15 SEASON IN REVIEW
The Ducks finished the 2014-15 campaign with a 51-24-7 record for 109 points, clinching the top mark in the Western Conference for the second consecutive season (and second time in club history)…the Ducks posted the second-best record in franchise history, trailing only the 2013-14 club (53-20-8, 114), and recorded their second 50-win season in team history…Anaheim also matched the club record for most road standings points (54) and road wins (25-12-4), a record originally set in 2013-14…Anaheim finished second among NHL teams in road points and road wins, concluding the season on a four-game win streak as visitors…the Ducks owned the NHL’s top intra-conference record with a 34-11-5 mark vs. Western Conference opponents…against the Central Division, Anaheim earned a league-leading 16 wins (16-5-0) and ranked second in points percentage (.762)…the club also went 18-6-5 vs. the Pacific, earning wins in seven of its last nine games (7-2-0).

FOR OPENERS
The Ducks began last season with a league-leading 9-3-0 record in 12 October games, pacing the NHL in wins, standings points (18) and regulation/overtime wins (8)…Corey Perry led the league in goals (10) and co-led in PPG (4), while Frederik Andersen led league netminders in GAA (1.60) and co-led in wins (7)…in franchise history, the Ducks tied for the second-most wins in October (also 2006-07) and matched the second-best win (points) percentage (.750) during the season’s first month (also 2013-14).

MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Kevin Bieksa - 3 appearances to 600 NHL games
Andrew Cogliano - 6 appearances to 300 games as a Duck
Shawn Horcoff - 4 points to 500 NHL points
Anton Khudobin - 9 appearances to 100 NHL games
Corey Perry - 4 goals to 300 NHL goals
Rickard Rakell - 7 appearances to 100 NHL games
Clayton Stoner - 4 appearances to 300 NHL games
 
HOW THE DUCKS WERE BUILT
Anaheim's Opening-Day roster includes 14 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders...a look at how the roster was built:
 
Returning players from 2014-15: 18
Frederik Andersen - G
Andrew Cogliano - LW
Simon Despres - D
Cam Fowler - D
Ryan Getzlaf - C
Tim Jackman - RW
Ryan Kesler - C
Hampus Lindholm - D
Josh Manson - D
Patrick Maroon - LW
Corey Perry - RW
Rickard Rakell - C
Jiri Sekac - LW
Jakob Silfverberg - RW
Clayton Stoner - D
Nate Thompson - C (Injured)
Sami Vatanen - D
Chris Wagner - C
 
Arrived via free agency/trade: 6
Kevin Bieksa - D
Carl Hagelin - LW
Shawn Horcoff - C
Anton Khudobin - G
Mike Santorelli - C
Chris Stewart - RW
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