ANAHEIM, CA -- Tied for the Pacific Division lead, the Anaheim Ducks (37 points) also have a share of second in the overall NHL standings and trail only the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks heading into action Thursday night.
Though they’ve got just four wins in their past 10 games, the Ducks continue to solidify their upper-echelon status and are 10-4-3 over their last 17 games. That run includes an NHL best nine-game standings point streak from October 25th to November 10th. That success has come with Anaheim’s offence. The team is second in goals with 82 on the season and the club co-leads the NHL in 5-on-5 scoring with 61 at even strength.
The Ducks have posed an equal threat to the Calgary Flames, too. Anaheim holds an edge in the season series and have won 17 consecutive home games -- a streak that dates back to January 19, 2004.
This Season: 17-7-3 (4th in West)
Last Season: 30-12-6, 66 points (2nd in West)
Notable Additions: RW Dustin Penner, RW Jakob Silfverberg, D Mark Fistric
Notable Subtractions: RW Radek Dvorak, C Matthew Lombardi, D Toni Lydman, C David Steckel, RW Bobby Ryan
Flames Season Series Record: 0-1-0
Fifth in goals with 13 and sixth overall in league scoring with 28 points, Getzlaf has been one of the league’s top point-producing pivots. Riding an eight-game point-scoring streak, he’s also one of the hottest. The former Calgary Hitmen captain has 12 points over that span and has 10 goals and 32 points in 30 career games against the Flames.
In what is expected to be his last season, Selanne has just three goals and seven points in 21 games this year and has been held pointless in his past 11 straight. During his slump, Selanne has managed just 18 shots on net after averaging 2.08 a season ago. He’ll look to jumpstart his season against Calgary, who he has scored 39 of his 678 career goals against.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Matching Getzlaf’s 13 markers, Perry also sits in a share for fifth overall in the NHL in goals. The former Hart and Rocket Richard Trophy winner trails Getzlaf by just two points for the team lead, too. The 28-year-old has 11 goals and 26 points in 32 career games versus the Flames.
From the 2010 NHL Entry Draft class, only Tyler Seguin’s 226 games are higher than Fowler’s 222 career contests and despite being a defenseman, the 21-year-old’s 93 points are fourth best from his draft year. He’s also leading Anaheim’s blueline with 11 assists and 13 points.
After being acquired from the Flames for a sixth round pick last week, Jackman has suited up for two games with the Ducks. He’s already got his first fighting major with his new club, dropping the gloves with B.J. Crombeen against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Jackman’s averaging just over four minutes of action a night with the Ducks.