FINAL STRETCH: The Ducks have earned standings points in 11 of the last 14 games (9-3-2)...including tonight's contest, the Ducks have six games remaining in the 2006-07 regular season...of those six games, one is at home and five are road games...two (one home, one road) of the games are against Pacific Division teams.
FIGHTING FOR THE TOP SPOT: The Ducks have a record of 44-20-12 for 100 points (first in Pacific Division, second in Western Conference)…with six games remaining, the Ducks have set new club records in wins (44) and standings points (100) as they have reached 100-point mark for the first time in club history...with a win March 23 vs. DAL, the Ducks qualified for the playoffs for the second consecutive year (first time in team history)..in addition, the club is also looking for their first-ever division title...Anaheim has recorded points in 56 of 76 games this season (100 of a possible 152).
ANOTHER NORRIS PERFORMANCE?: Ducks defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger are both candidates to win another Norris Trophy...Niedermayer (13-51=64) and Pronger (11-42=53) both have 50-plus points, marking the first time in club history two defensemen have hit that plateau (prior to this season no pair of Ducks defensemen had each recorded 40-or-more points):
-Captain Scott Niedermayer is 1st in the NHL in assists and points among defensemen, through games of March 26...he set new career highs for assists (51) and points (64) in a season on March 23 vs. DAL (previously 13-50=64 points set last season)...in addition, Niedermayer recorded his 10th overtime, game-winning goal March 23 vs. DAL, a category in which he holds the all-time record among NHL defensemen...he has points in 19 of his last 34 games (7-26=32) and recorded consecutive three-assist efforts March 14 vs. CBJ and March 16 vs. CHI (ties career high)...he had an eight-game assist streak (2-10=12 points) Dec. 26, 2006-Jan. 11, 2007, which was the longest point streak of his career and by a player in club history...in addition, Niedermayer leads the club in ice time and is 2nd overall in the NHL in avg. TOI, through games of March 26...on Dec. 31 @ MIN, Niedermayer set a club record for TOI with 34:00 and then broke that mark on Jan. 9 @ NSH with 35:51 (real time records kept since the start of the 1998-99 season)...on Nov. 28 @ EDM, Niedermayer played in his 1,000th career NHL game.
-Despite missing nine games with a broken foot Jan. 2-19 and most recently missed two weeks with a broken toe March 7-22, defenseman Chris Pronger is T-8th in points among NHL defensemen and 4th overall in avg. TOI, through games of March 26...Pronger is 1st on the the Ducks and T-12th in the NHL in plus/minus...in addition, he is T-1st in points per game (.88) among NHL defensemen, through games of March 26...when Pronger was injured Dec. 31 @ MIN, he was T-4th in the NHL in assists.
SELANNE AMONG LEAGUE'S BEST: Teemu Selanne is the first player in NHL history age 35-or-older to record consecutive 40-plus goal seasons (40-50=90 last season and 44-42=86 so far this season)...this is the 7th time in his career he has hit the 40 goal plateau, the most among all active NHL players...the last player older than 35 to score MORE goals than Selanne was Mark Messier, who had 47 at age 35 with the New York Rangers (Brendan Shanahan also had 40 goals last season at age 37)...among league leaders, Selanne is currently 3rd in the NHL (1st in the Western Conference) in goals (44) and T-11th in the NHL in points, through games of March 26...he is 1st in the NHL in power play goals (23) and T-1st in game-winning goals (10), which include two overtime winners, through games of March 26...Selanne has points in nine of the last 14 games (8-6=14) and 12-11=23 points in his past 19 games...he has points in 18 of the last 23 home games, earning 14-15=29 points during that span.
LIGHTING THE LAMP: The Ducks have scored three-or-more goals in six of their last eight and 11 of their last 14 contests...Anaheim has also scored 23 power play goals over the last 19 games (23-for-90, 25.6%)...the club has scored two-or-more PP goals in six of the last 12 and 10 of the last 19 contests...Anaheim has 240 team goals this season, ranking third in the Western Conference, through games of March 26.
CLAMPING DOWN: The Ducks have been especially tough to score against during the third period this season...through 76 games, Anaheim has allowed only 59 goals in the final period of regulation, tied for the second-least in the NHL, through games of March 26...below is a look at the top five teams in the NHL who have allowed the least amount of goals in third period action:
Team Goals Allowed
New Jersey 60
TOUGH TO BEAT: Anaheim netminder J.S Giguere is 34-10-8 this season...in 28 home starts, Giguere has a 21-2-5 record, with a 2.17 GAA (60 GA/1,660 min.) and .917 SV% (659-of-719 shots), earning the Ducks points in 26 of those games...he ranks T-7th in the NHL in wins, 4th in GAA and T-8th in SV%, through games of March 26...this is the third time in Giguere's career that he has reached the 30-win plateau...in addition, he has tied his career high (34, 2002-03)...his four shutouts on the year are tied for the second-best of his career behind his eight-shutout season in 2002-2003...Giguere was named an NHL Star of the Week (No. 2 Star) for the period ending Oct. 22 after posting a 3-0-0 record, 1.30 GAA and a .952 SV%.
PPG LINE: After putting up impressive numbers playing on the same line for a portion of the 2005-06 season in Portland (AHL), Dustin Penner, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf have found their stride playing on the same line for the Ducks in the past 13 games...since Feb. 26 @ SJ, the trio has scored 12-18=30 points...Penner, 24, has scored 7-2=9 points, Perry, 21, has recorded 3-6=9 points and Getzlaf, also 21, has earned 2-10=12 points during that span.
PENNER MAKES CASE AS ONE OF LEAGUE'S TOP ROOKIES: Ducks rookie Dustin Penner has been among NHL rookie leaders all season…Penner ranks 3rd among rookies in goals (26), 2nd in shots (192), 5th in points (42), T-2nd in PPGs (9) and T-3rd in GWGs (4), through games of March 26... Penner had a four-game goal streak (5-0=5), Feb. 26-March 4, the longest by a rookie in club history...he broke the club's rookie goals record Feb. 26 @ SJ, previously held by Chris Kunitz last season with 19...in addition, Penner broke the franchise rookie points record (26-16=42) March 18 vs. LA, also previously held by Kunitz (19-22=41).
HOT TICKET IN TOWN: The Ducks have sold out 21 consecutive home contests (longest streak since 1998) and 23 of the last 24...the club has 24 sellouts on the season, 12 more than it had all of last season...the 24 sellouts mark the most since the 1997-98 season (25)…the Ducks have averaged 16,351 fans per game through 40 home games, an 8.4% increase over last year's first 40 home games (15,080)...the club's average attendance and percent capacity (95.2%) are also the highest since the 1997-98 season.
A RECORD BREAKING PACE: After a record breaking season in 2005-06, the Ducks are on pace again to set new club records in several major statistical categories...a look below at both team and individual records that could fall this season, including some that have already been tied or broken:
CATEGORY RECORD YEAR NEEDED TO TIE
WINS 44 2006-07 New record set
HOME WINS 26 2005-06 Record tied (26)
ROAD WINS 19 1993-94 1 (18)
STANDINGS POINTS 100 2006-07 New record set
GOALS* 251 2005-06 15 (236)
PPG 87 2005-06 6 (81)
*Does not include goals awarded for shootout wins
CATEGORY RECORD YEAR NEEDED TO TIE
Game Winning Goals 10 (Selanne/Kariya) 1996-97/97-98 Record tied (Selanne 10)
Power Play Goals 25 (Selanne) 1998-99 2 (Selanne 23)
Shorthanded Goals 3 (several times) several Record tied (Marchant 3)
Wins by a Goaltender 34 (Giguere) 2002-03 Record tied (Giguere 34)
Goals by a Defenseman 16 (Olausson) 1998-99 3 (Niedermayer 13)
Assists by a Defenseman 51 (Niedermayer) 2006-07 New record set
Points by a Defenseman 64 (Niedermayer) 2006-07 New record set
Goals by a Rookie 26 (Penner) 2006-07 New record set
Points by a Rookie 42 (Penner) 2006-07 New record set
PPG by a Rookie 10 (Getzlaf) 2005-06 1 (Penner 9)
GWG by a Rookie 4 (Penner) 2006-07 New record set
Games Played by a Rookie 80 (Sauer) 2002-03 4 (Penner 76)
DUCKS POWER PLAY CAN BE LETHAL: The Ducks have scored a power play goal in 40 of the last 59 games (63-for-275, 22.9%) and rank 3rd in the NHL in PP% for the season (81-for-375, 21.6%), through games of March 26.
ROAD SUCCESS: The Ducks are 18-14-4 on the road this season, securing 40 standings points in the first 36 road games for the first time in franchise history...With their win Dec. 13 @ ATL, the Ducks recorded 26 points (12-1-2) on the road, the highest point total in NHL history through 15 road games...the 1951-52 Detroit Red Wings held the previous high of 25 points (10-0-5) through 15 road contests...the Ducks have already matched last year's road win total, which they didn't reach until their 38th road game of the season (April 10 @ VAN)...the club also set a new franchise record with seven straight road wins, Nov. 28-Dec. 13 (eclipsing the 5-game mark set, Nov. 26-Dec. 26, 2000)...with five road contests left to play, the Ducks are one victory shy of the franchise record, set in 1993-94, with a 19-20-3 road record.
CAREER YEARS: Several Ducks players are having career years this season…Chris Kunitz has surpassed his single-season highs in goals, assists, points and power play goals...Travis Moen, Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Shawn Thornton have already established single-season highs in goals, assists and points...Samuel Pahlsson broke his career highs in assists and points on March 7 vs. PHX...in addition, Scott Niedermayer broke his career highs in assist and points on March 23 vs. DAL.
Player New Career High (s)
Ryan Getzlaf Goals, Assists, Points, Power Play Goals (tied), G ames Played
Chris Kunitz Goals, Assists, Points, Power Play Goals, Games Played
Travis Moen Goals, Assists, Points
Scott Niedermayer Assists, Points
Samuel Pahlsson Assists, Points
Corey Perry Goals, Assists, Points, Power Play Goals, Games Played
Shawn Thornton Goals, Assists, Points, Games Played
SELANNE MAKES DUCKS HISTORY: On March 16 vs. CHI, Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne broke the club's all-time record for power play goals scored with 108 (previously Paul Kariya)...in addition, Selanne broke the club's all-time record for goals scored (309) on Feb. 18 vs. Los Angeles...Kariya also held the previous record with 300...he is also among Anaheim's all-time franchise leaders in points (2nd with 658), assists (2nd with 349), plus/minus (1st with +108) and game-winning goals (1st with 52)...with his game-winning overtime goal on Nov. 26 vs. CGY, Selanne surpassed Paul Kariya on the franchise's all-time game-winning goal list...below is a look at the records Selanne is closing in on:
Category Selanne As A Duck Behind Kariya For Franchise Mark
Goals 309 broken (previously 300)
Assists 349 20 (369)
Points 658 12 (669)
PPGs 108 broken (107)
PPPs 260 3 (263)
PPAs 152 4 (156)
SELANNE HAVING A MILESTONE YEAR: Teemu Selanne has reached many career and club milestones this season...on Feb. 18 vs. LA, he scored his 301st goal as a Duck, setting a new franchise record for goals scored, previously held by Paul Kariya (300)...he scored his 30th goal and 1,100th career NHL point Jan. 18 at EDM…he has reached the 30-goal plateau nine times in his NHL career...on Dec. 31 @ MIN, the Anaheim winger played his 1,000th NHL game...Selanne was just the 3rd Finnish-born player and 14th European-born-and-trained player to appear in 1,000 NHL games...in addition, he notched his 500th NHL goal on Nov. 22 @ COL...entering tonight's game, Selanne has scored 536-591=1127 career NHL points.
SELANNE CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Entering this season, Teemu Selanne ranked 38th among the NHL's all-time leading goal scorers...since that time Selanne has climbed 12 spots to 26th on the all-time list with 536 career NHL goals...below is a look at Nos. 25-32 on the NHL's All-Time Goal Scoring List, through games of March 26:
Rank Player Career Goals
25. Stan Mikita 541
*26. Teemu Selanne 536
27. Frank Mahovlich 533
28. Bryan Trottier 524
*29. Mats Sundin 523
30. Pat Verbeek 522
31. Dale Hawerchuk 518
*32. Pierre Turgeon 515
DUCKS TOUGH AT HOME: The Ducks are 26-6-8 at home this season, tying the club's home wins record in a season...the Ducks posted a home record of 26-10-5 during the 2005-2006 campaign, setting a new club record for most home wins...the club is 46-11-11 in their last 68 games at Honda Center dating back to last season (11/25/06)…the Ducks have a .682 winning percentage (89-33-32, 210 pts) over the last 154 home games, earning at least one point in 121 of the 154 contests at Honda Center (19-6-8 in the last 33 home games of 2002-03 season and 19-11-11 in 2003-04)...in addition, the Ducks have not been shut out at home since March 1, 2006, a streak that has lasted 51 games and is the third-longest streak without a shutout in team history (92 games, 4/9/95-10/10/97 and 54 games, 3/8/98-10/29/99).
BACK-TO-BACK: This season, the Ducks play in back-to-back games 15 times...so far this season, the Ducks have played in 13 back-to-back games and are 16-6-4 overall in back-to-back games...9-2-2 in the first game and 7-4-2 in the second game...last season the Ducks played in 13 back-to-back games and were 13-10-3 overall, 6-5-2 in the first game and 7-5-1 in the second game.
FARM REPORT: The Portland Pirates currently have a record of 29-26-3-9 and are led in scoring by right wing Joe Motzko (22-33=55) and left wing Mark Hartigan (27-24=51)...in their most recent game, the Pirates' offensive fire power led them to a 5-2 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Sunday...the Pirates were led in points by Hartigan, who collected four assists (0-4=4)...the Pirates also received multi-point efforts from Motzko (2-0=2) and Drew Miller (1-1=2)...Mark Hoffman also scored a goal in the first, and Matt Keith collected a single assist...David McKee stopped 23-of-25 shots in the victory...the Pirates have nine games remaining in their regular season schedule, with their next contest taking place on the road Wednesday night against Manchester.