CALGARY, AB -- Returning Teemu Selanne for his swan song alongside a similar roster from the 2012-13 season, the Anaheim Ducks are poised to replicate the results that saw them finish second in the Western Conference a season ago.
While Bobby Ryan was traded to the Ottawa Senators, the Ducks were able to return Jakob Silfverberg and add free agent Dustin Penner to give the team more depth. Sheldon Souray’s absence on the blue line is cause for concern, though, as the defenceman could be out until after the Olympic break.
The team has faired well without Souray, though.
The Ducks currently sit second in the Pacific Division with a 4-1-0 record and put their four-game winning streak on the line in hosting the Flames on Wednesday night.
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: 0-0-0
Perry has points in four straight games for the Ducks and has amassed three goals and three assists in that span. The 28-year-old former Hart Memorial and Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard trophy winner had 15 goals and 36 points in 44 games a year ago. He’s been historically strong against the Flames, too, with 11 goals and 26 points in 31 career games.
Fowler has just one point this season, an assist coming against the Minnesota Wild on October 5th. The 21-year-old has seen his production dip in each of his past three seasons after recording 40 points in 76 games as a rookie in 2010-11. Fowler does however lead the Ducks in ice time, averaging 22:45 per game.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Getzlaf, the former captain of the Calgary Hitmen, has been productive through his first five games this season. The 6-foot-4, 221-pound pivot has two goals and four points this season and is coming off his first multi-point game of the year against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.
At 43, Selanne continues to get it done offensively despite his age. Though he’s been scoreless through his first four games of the season (he’s sat once as a healthy scratch), the Finnish Flash has three assists this season and has points in back-to-back games.
Acquired in the trade that sent winger Bobby Ryan to the Senators, Silfverberg has quickly replaced any absence of scoring. The second-year pro already has four goals and an assist in his first five games as a member of the Ducks after recording 10 goals and 19 points in 48 games in Ottawa last season.