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Ducks Weekly Notes

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
ELITE CLUB: The Ducks enter Saturday’s game at Los Angeles just two points shy of the 100-point mark for the season…Anaheim (45-27-8, 98 points) recorded its first-ever 100+ point campaign last year, going 48-20-14 with 110 points…the Ducks are trying to join Detroit (currently 111), San Jose (106) and Pittsburgh (100) as the only clubs with 100+ points in each of the last two seasons…going back to the 2005-2006 season, the Ducks have recorded 98+ points in each of the last three seasons…only Anaheim (98 points in 2005-06, 110 in 2006-07, 98 in 2007-08), Detroit (124, 113, 111) and San Jose (99, 107, 106) have accomplished the feat…further, Anaheim and Detroit are the only two clubs to have posted 26 wins-or-more at HOME in each of the last three campaigns.

LEADERS BY ADDITION: The Ducks have gone 18-5-1 since the return of right wing Teemu Selanne on Feb. 5 at the NY Islanders, recording the highest winning percentage in the NHL during the span (.771)…the Ducks also had similar success when they welcomed the return of defenseman Scott Niedermayer and arrival of center Doug Weight on Dec. 16 (.696).

The Ducks earned their 27th home victory on Mar. 30 vs. Dallas, establishing a new franchise record for wins at Honda Center in the regular season...the previous team record of 26 home wins was established during the 2005-06 season (26-10-5) and matched in the 2006-07 campaign (26-6-9)...Anaheim also recently established a new franchise record with 10 consecutive victories at Honda Center from Feb. 17-Mar. 26...the club’s streak was snapped on Mar. 28 vs. San Jose in a 3-1 loss...the Ducks are 11-1-0 in the last 12 home contests and 18-3-1 in the last 22 games at Honda Center...including a 27-9-4 record this year (excluding Sept. 30 "home" game in London, England), the Ducks are 72-20-16 in their last 108 regular season games at Honda Center dating back to Nov. 25, 2006...the Ducks have a .688 winning percentage (115-42-37, 267 pts.) over the last 194 home games, earning at least one point in 152 of those 194 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...Anaheim leads the NHL in points earned at home and is second in win percentage.

PACKING ’EM IN: The Ducks look to record their 74th consecutive sellout at Honda Center when they take on the Phoenix Coyotes in their regular season finale on Sunday Apr. 6...should the Ducks record a sellout on Sunday, it will mark the first time since the 1991-92 Los Angeles Kings that a local NHL team has sold out an entire season…the 73 current sellouts, a franchise record, include 61 regular season and 12 playoff games...the club broke the club record for consecutive regular season sellouts on Feb. 22 against the St. Louis Blues when they surpassed the previous record of 51 straight regular season sellouts set from Dec. 22, 1993-Oct. 20, 1995...last 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 286 consecutive regular season is the New York Rangers with 115...Pittsburgh ranks fourth with 53 straight regular season sellouts...among Canadian teams, Vancouver leads with 212 consecutive regular season sellouts and is followed by Toronto (195), Calgary (164), Montreal (139), Edmonton (113) and Ottawa (34)...Anaheim is averaging 17,185 fans through 39 home dates at Honda Center this season (100.1% capacity).

THE NEXT SEASON: Heading into the 2007-08 NHL season, only four of previous eight Stanley Cup Finalists qualified for the playoffs the following year…with a 2-1 shootout win vs. the Kings on Mar. 26, the Ducks made it five of 10 (Ottawa could be the sixth) to earn a playoff berth the year after appearing in the Stanley Cup Final...of those 10 finalists, only two have had home ice advantage in the first round the following year (2003 Red Wings, 2006 Flames)…Anaheim is looking to be the third such team (Ottawa could be the fourth).

Ducks goaltender J.S. Giguere is on pace for another record-breaking season...the netminder currently boasts a 34-17-6 record with a 2.10 GAA and a .923 SV%...among league leaders, he is second in GAA, tied for second in SV% and tied for eighth in wins...should Giguere maintain or lower his current GAA and SV%, he will be on pace to establish new franchise records for season marks in both categories...the current single-season franchise records for GAA and SV% are 2.13 (Giguere, 2001-02) and .922 (Guy Hebert, 1998-99), addition, Giguere is just two wins shy of tying the franchise record for wins in a single season, a record that he set during the 2006-07 campaign (36)...since February 1, Giguere ranks first in GAA and second in SV%, posting a 13-2-2 record in 17 starts with a 1.39 GAA and a .947 SV% during that span (rankings based on appearances in eight-or-more games) addition, Giguere completed the month of March ranked third in GAA (1.55) and fourth in SV% (.944), going 5-1-0 in six games...earlier this season, Giguere established new Ducks records in both career wins (182) and shutouts (29).

HILLER SHINES: Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller has put up impressive numbers of late…since Mar. 1, Hiller leads the NHL with a .954 SV% (stopping 185-of-194 shots) and is second with a 1.50 GAA (9 GA/361 MINS) among goaltenders that have played in more than four games (Hiller is 3-3-0 in those games)…Hiller has allowed two goals or-less in five of those six games, allowing exactly one goal in four of the contests…over his last 11 starts, Hiller is 7-4-0 with a 1.72 GAA (19 GA/661 MINS) and .943 SV% (315-of-334)…Hiller has won five of  his last six starts at HOME, recording a 1.63 GAA (10 GA/367 MINS) and .935 SV% (stopping 145-of-155 shots).

THE TOP 10 ELITE: J.S. Giguere is one of only three goaltenders in the NHL this season to rank among the top 10 in wins, goals-against average and save percentage...Giguere is currently tied for the second in SV% (.923), second in GAA (2.10) and tied for eighth in wins (33)...the only other two goaltenders who rank among the top 10 in all three categories are New Jersey's Martin Brodeur and Vancouver's Roberto Luongo...Brodeur currently ranks second in wins (41), fifth in GAA (2.19) and tied for seventh in SV % (.919)...Luongo ranks tied for sixth in wins (35), tied for 10th in GAA (2.33) and tied for fifth in SV% (.920).

The Ducks have posted three separate winning streaks of five games-or-more this season...Anaheim is the first defending champion since the 1998-99 Detroit Red Wings to accomplish the feat...after winning the 1997 Stanley Cup, Detroit posted win streaks of five, six, and eight games the following season...Anaheim had a six-game winning streak from Feb. 17-Mar. 3 after posting win streaks of six (Jan. 7-18) and five games (Feb. 5-12) earlier this season.

Right wing Teemu Selanne enters Saturday’s game with 9-8=17 points in his last 18 games, including a three-game point streak (1-4=5) from Mar. 12-19 and a five-game point streak from Feb. 17-29...his 550th career goal on Mar. 22 at Phoenix moved him past Ron Francis and into sole possession of 23rd place on the all-time goals list...Selanne, who also posted goals in four straight games (Feb. 20-29), was named the NHL First Star of the Week for Feb. 18-24...he scored 5-2=7 points during the week as the Ducks posted three consecutive victories...Selanne notched one goal in a 3-2 shootout win over the Colorado Avalanche on Feb. 20, tallied once in a 2-1 overtime victory over the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 22 and recorded 3-2=5 points in a 6-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 24...Selanne's 20th career NHL hat trick helped him move to 547 career goals, pushing him past Maurice Richard (544) into 25th place on the all-time list at the time...he also reached the 600-assist milestone in the contest.

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 third and 10th on the list, respectively...Anaheim's tandem of Getzlaf and Perry are the only duo in the NHL on the same team with two 23+ goal scorers aged 22 and younger...below is a complete look:

FARM REPORT: The Portland Pirates have a record of 43-26-2-4 and are third in the American Hockey League's (AHL) Atlantic Division with 92 points...the Pirates, who are one of six AHL teams to clinch a playoff berth, are led in scoring by center Andrew Ebbett with 17-50=67 points, while center Jason King has the team lead with 29 goals...among league leaders, Ebbett ranks 10th in points and sixth in assists, while center Geoff Platt ranks tied for fourth in goals (32 goals between Syracuse and Portland) and tied for 11th in points (64)...King also ranks tied for 10th in the AHL in their most recent game, the Pirates defeated Albany by a score of 2-0 at Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland...centers Tyler Bouck and Jason King provided the goal scoring for the Pirates...Ebbett, Platt and defensemen Bruno St. Jacques and Brian Salcido each notched single assists...goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin stopped all 25 shots he faced, recording his third shutout of the season...the Pirates' next game is Friday evening at Worcester...the club has five games remaining on the regular season schedule; two at home and three on the road...the Calder Cup Playoffs begin in two weeks.
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