ANAHEIM, CA -- The Anaheim Ducks are the hottest team in the National Hockey League.
Boasting a 11-1-1 record in their last 13 games, the Ducks have jumped up the Western Conference standings and now find themselves just four points back of the Pacific-leading LA Kings.
Sunday's tilt will be the Ducks first contest at the Honda Center after their marathon seven-game road trip, which they capped off with a 5-2 win in Vancouver on Thursday.
"We just stuck with our game plan throughout the entire road trip," Rickard Rakell told AnaheimDucks.com "We’ve been scoring a lot of goals, scoring on the power play and playing good PK. This road trip was just what we needed."
Their offensive production has kicked into high gear recently. They have scored 22 goals in their last five games and have scored five or more in their past three outings.
Anaheim has been led by captain Ryan Getzlaf, who has strung together a seven-game point streak and is first in team scoring with 46 points in 53 games. Long-time linemate Corey Perry trails Getzlaf in the scoring race with 23 goals and 41 points.
John Gibson is the probable starter on Sunday. He returned to the lineup on Thursday after missing two games with an upper body injury and turned in a 19-save performance in the 5-2 win over the Canucks. Gibson holds a 13-8-2 record with a 2.10 GAA and a .917 save percentage this year.
The Ducks have won all three games against the Flames this season, outscoring Calgary 12-7. Anaheim is led by Getzlaf (6 assists), Perry (3 goals, 2 assists), and Rakell (3 goals, 1 assist) in the season series with Calgary.
BREAKING DOWN THE DUCKS
Power Play: 20.1 percent overall (33 goals scored in 164 chances with the man advantage), 19.0 percent at home (16 goals scored in 84 chances with the man advantage)
Penalty Kill: 86.6 percent overall (27 goals allowed in 201 times being short-handed), 88.7 percent at home (11 goals allowed in 97 times being short-handed)
2015-16 Record vs. the Flames: 3-0-0
2014-15 Record vs. the Flames: 3-1-1
Notable Injuries: Chris Stewart (jaw)
Who's HOT: Ryan Getzlaf
The captain is on a tear.
Getzlaf has points in his last seven games, amassing three goals and 12 points in that stretch, and leads his team with seven goals and 46 points. He's coming off a one-goal, two-point performance against the Vancouver Canucks, a game in which he was named the first star.
Honourable Mention: Rickard Rakell
The 22-year-old heads into Sunday afternoon's game riding a three-game point streak. During that span, he has two goals and points, including one tally against the Flames last Monday.
Rakell, the Ducks first round pick in 2011, is third in team scoring with 15 goals and 32 points in 54 skates.
Who's NOT: Patrick Maroon
Last year, Maroon set a new career-high when he managed to put up 34 points in the regular season. This year, he isn't close to that total.
In 52 games, the 27-year-old has 11 points and has been held off the scoresheet in his last six outings. During that stretch, he has just four shots on net and is a minus-one.