The Anaheim Ducks (11-3-3, 25 pts.) continue the 2014-15 Freeway Faceoff against the Los Angeles Kings Saturday afternoon at Staples Center (1 p.m. PST, Prime Ticket, AM 830)...the Ducks co-lead the NHL in overall standings points, own the league's longest active point streak at six games (3-0-3, 9 pts.) and have earned points 14 of their last 16 games (11-2-3, 25 pts.)...Anaheim enters Saturday's matinee having won six of its last seven road games (6-1-0) and is tied for the Western Conference's best road record by win/points percentage (.750, 6-2-0)...this is also the second of five afternoon games the club will play this season...Anaheim earned a 5-1 victory in its first matinee of 2014-15 on Oct. 13 at Buffalo and has not lost a day game since a 5-2 setback on Apr. 7, 2012 at Calgary (L 2-5; 2-0-0 since)...the Ducks remain in California for 24 of 30 days this month, playing only three road games outside of the state (3-2 win on Nov. 2 at Colorado and upcoming games on Nov. 18 at Calgary and Nov. 20 at Vancouver)...in total, the Ducks will play eight home games in November, tied with January for their busiest month of the season at Honda Center…Saturday marks the third of four straight games against the Pacific Division...the Ducks will also face five divisional opponents over a six-game stretch beginning Nov. 18...Saturday's contest opens Anaheim's third set of back-to-back games this season...the Ducks are 3-1-0 in back-to-back games, including a 1-1-0 mark in the opener...dating to the start of the 2013-14 season, Anaheim is 23-6-3 in back-to-backs and 10-5-1 in the first game...the Ducks will conclude their back-to-back set Sunday when they host Florida at Honda Center (5 p.m.).
Following a 6-5 Anaheim shootout win Wednesday at Honda Center, the Ducks and Kings continue the 2014-15 edition of the Freeway Faceoff Saturday afternoon at Staples Center...the Freeway Faceoff will resume on Saturday, Jan. 17 (7 p.m. PST) in Los Angeles before concluding at Honda Center with a pair of games on Friday, Feb. 27 (7 p.m. PST) and Wednesday, Mar. 18 (7:30 p.m. PDT)...the Ducks have won five consecutive regular-season games vs. the Kings dating to a 4-0-1 season series win in 2013-14…the Ducks outscored the Kings last season, 12-7, as four of the five games were decided by one goal…the lone exception was the Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25, 2014, which the Ducks posted a 3-0 victory in front of 54,099 fans…in addition to its Dodger Stadium shutout, Anaheim also collected wins on Jan. 23 at Honda Center (2-1) and Mar. 15 (2-1) and Apr. 12 (4-3 SO) at Staples Center…all-time, the Ducks are 54-41-23 vs. the Kings, including a 23-28-7 mark in Los Angeles.
The Ducks currently rank tied for fourth in the NHL in goals-against average (2.06) after finishing ninth last season (2.48)…through 17 games, Anaheim has tied the club mark for fewest goals (35) in club history (also 2006-07)...the club’s penalty killing ranks eighth (85.4%) and has killed 24-of-26 penalties since Oct. 28 at Chicago (92.3%)...the Ducks have allowed two goals-or-less in 12 games this season (had done so nine times through 17 games last season) and allowed 20 shots-or-less three times (twice in 17 games last season)...in addition, Anaheim has allowed only 16 goals against in its last eight games (2.0) and 29 goals against in its last 16 games (1.8)...(shootout goals excluded in all numbers).
The Ducks have nine non-shootout wins this season, with a different player scoring each one: Ryan Getzlaf, William Karlsson, Corey Perry, Matt Beleskey, Ryan Kesler, Sami Vatanen, Devante Smith-Pelly, Nate Thompson and Fowler…no other NHL team has more than eight players with a GWG (Calgary, Toronto and Boston with eight).
A LOOK BACK TO 2013
Dating back to the start of the 2013-14 season, the Ducks own the top regular-season record in the NHL at 65-23-10...in addition, Anaheim also has posted the league's best road record at 31-14-4...the Ducks have 60 wins in regulation/overtime since the start of 2013-14, co-leading the NHL with Boston (60) and eight over the closest Western Conference opponent (St. Louis, 52)...among NHL defensemen since the start of the 2013-14 season, Hampus Lindholm ranks third with a +35 rating...among all players since last season, Corey Perry co-leads NHL leaders with a +43.
Ryan Getzlaf, who is tied for 13th in the NHL in assists, has six multi-point games in 2014-15 after recording four at this same point last season...Ryan Kesler has 5-9=14 points in his first 17 games as a Duck, including points in his last four games (2-4=6)...Cam Fowler has 2-8=10 points in his last 14 games and ranks tied for 10th among NHL defensemen in assists (8)...Corey Perry has scored 11 goals in 13 games this season, his fastest start to a season…Perry ranks tied for third among NHL leaders in goals and tied for fourth in PPG (4)...Sami Vatanen, who already has a career-high four PPG, is tied for third in power-play points (4-6=10, co-leading NHL defensemen), tied for fourth in PPG (4), tied for sixth for goals by a defenseman (4) and tied for 10th for assists by a defenseman (8)...Vatanen enters Saturday's game on a career-tying four-game scoring streak (1-4=5).
Frederik Andersen became the first goaltender in NHL history to win 26 of his first 31 decisions (26-5-0) with a 4-1 victory on Oct. 22 vs. Buffalo...Andersen, who won his first six starts (6-0-0) to match a career high (last: Oct. 20-Nov. 4, 2013), currently ranks third among NHL goaltenders in GAA (1.77) and SV% (.935) and tied for eighth in wins (7)...during his six-game win streak, Andersen posted a career-high scoreless streak of 152 minutes and 46 seconds (spanning three games) from Oct. 17-22.
BEHIND THE BENCH
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau, who appeared in his 200th game with the Ducks on Oct. 31 @ Dallas, owns 122-58-25 record in 205 games with Anaheim…on Mar. 2, 2014 vs. Carolina, Boudreau became the fastest Ducks coach to 100 victories in 169 career games…with an all-time record of 323-146-65 in 534 career NHL games, Boudreau leads active NHL coaches in win (points) percentage with a .666 mark (min. 100 games).
IN THE CIRCLE
Anaheim enters Saturday's game with the league’s sixth-best faceoff win percentage (52.7%, tied with Carolina) after finishing last season tied for 19th...Ryan Kesler ranks tied for 10th among NHL leaders in faceoffs (56.2%) and Ryan Getzlaf is currently 20th (54.6%)...Nate Thompson is the third Anaheim center with a faceoff win percentage higher than 50%, coming in at 52.4%.
Andrew Cogliano is the fifth player in NHL history and first since Doug Jarvis to play 500 straight games from the start of his NHL career (ESB)...Cogliano, now at 557 games, is 19 games shy of matching Bill Harris (576 straight games with NYI, 1972-73 to 1979-80) for third on the five-player list...Cogliano has not missed a game since his NHL debut with Edmonton on Oct. 4, 2007 and ranks second on the NHL’s active Ironman list, behind only STL’s Jay Bouwmeester at 733...Jarvis is the NHL's all-time Ironman with 964 consecutive games played from 1975-88...Andy Heberton is second with 630 consecutive games from 1955-64 (NYR/BOS).
Corey Perry was named NHL’s First Star for the Month of October (Player of the Month) on Nov. 3, marking the sixth time in franchise history that a Ducks player has won the award (three different players)…Perry was also the last Duck to do so (March, 2011)…Perry led the NHL in goals (10) in October…he also posted two hat tricks in the first seven games of October, becoming the sixth NHL player in 29 years to record multiple hat tricks in the first seven games of a season…Frederik Andersen was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for Oct. 13-19 after going 4-0-0 with a 1.22 GAA and .955 SV%.
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Andrew Cogliano - 4 points to 100 points as a Duck
Hampus Lindholm - 4 appearances to 100 NHL games
Devante Smith-Pelly - 7 appearances to 100 NHL games