THE ROAD HOME: Following tonight’s game in St. Louis, the Anaheim Ducks will return to Orange County for a three-game homestand that begins Thursday, Oct. 25 against the Phoenix Coyotes (7:05 p.m.). The homestand also features visits by the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, Oct. 28 (5:05 p.m.) and Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday, Nov. 1 (7:05 p.m.).RANKED: Among National Hockey League leaders, center Ryan Getzlaf is currently tied for 14th in points scored (10) and left wing Chris Kunitz is tied for third in power play goals (3)...defenseman Chris Pronger is tied for second in power play assists (5) and tied for fourth in scoring among NHL defensemen (7).
SUNDAY’S SPECIAL NIGHT: The Anaheim Ducks will join all NHL teams by hosting Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night this Sunday, Oct. 28 when they play the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center (5:05 p.m.). As part of the 10th Anniversary celebration, the Ducks join a league-wide initiative in honoring Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month by devoting a home game in the month of October to raising awareness and funds for fighting cancer, benefiting the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. In honor of bringing a heightened awareness to cancer, Ducks executive management members, coaches and broadcasters will wear commemorative pink ties for Sunday evening’s game. In addition, in support of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, all NHL players have been wearing pink Hockey Fights Cancer decals on their helmets throughout the month. As Sunday’s contest marks the Ducks final game in the month of October, players will autograph their helmets post-game and will be auctioned online at anaheimducks.com, with proceeds benefiting the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.
As a part of Sunday’s game, a special member of the Anaheim Ducks/Honda Center family will be honored as a community hero during Sunday’s game. Mike O’Donnell, who served as Honda Center’s Senior Vice President and General Manger and spent 14 years with the arena, will be recognized and remembered. After a three year battle with cancer, O’Donnell passed away in August, 2007. A booth will be located on the main concourse level for donations to the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, where O’Donnell received his care. Representatives from the Norris Center
will also be interviewed during the game on the Ducks radio broadcast, raising awareness for cancer research.PACKING ’EM IN: The Ducks recorded their 38th consecutive sellout Oct. 17 vs. Nashville, drawing 17,174 to Honda Center...the 38 sellouts include 26 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...Anaheim recorded 25 total sellouts last season, the most since the 1997-98 season...the club's average attendance (16,377) and percent capacity (95.4%) were also the highest since the 1997-98 season.AT HONDA CENTER: Including a 3-1 record this year, the Anaheim Ducks are 49-12-12 in their last 73 regular season games at Honda Center dating back to Nov. 25, 2006...the Ducks have a .682 winning percentage (92-34-33, 217 pts.) over the last 159 home games, earning at least one point in 125 of those 159 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.MILESTONES ACHIEVED IN 2007-08:
Ryan Getzlaf 100th NHL point, Oct. 6 @ PIT
Chris Pronger 400th NHL assist, Oct. 15 vs. DET
MILESTONES IN REACH IN 2007-08:
Todd Marchant 1 appearance to 900 NHL games
George Parros 2 appearances to 100 NHL games
Rob Niedermayer 7 points to 400 NHL career