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Ducks continue to be plagued by penalties

by John Kreiser
An analysis shows Anaheim's power play clicked often last season, but the Ducks hurt themselves by taking too many penalties of their own.

Advantage Margin: -24

The Ducks have consistently been among the teams allowing the most power plays; last season's total of 324 was exceeded by only six teams.

Special Teams Goal Margin: -5   
The Ducks' power play was among the NHL's most productive with 63 goals, but the penalty killers struggled for most of the season and ended up surrendering 67.

Goals by defensemen: 27
The Ducks will miss retired captain Scott Niedermayer, but his absence should be offset by having late-season pickup Lubomir Visnovsky (5 goals in 16 games) for the whole season.

Overtime Record
Total: 8-3-8
OT: 3-3 SO: 5-8
The Ducks have never been a great shootout team, and that trend continued last season. The biggest problem was in goal, where the Ducks stopped only 58.1 percent of opponents' attempts -- and just 43 percent at home.
Times Scored First: 44 Record: 25-10-9
The Ducks were among the worst teams at turning early leads into victories. This was especially true on the road, where they won just eight of 18 games when scoring first.         

Best 09-10 Number: 26.1
Anaheim's power-play percentage at the Honda Center, the best in the NHL. The Ducks were also tops with 42 PPGs at home

Worst 09-10 Number: 9
Shorthanded goals allowed by the Ducks, a total exceeded only by Minnesota -- and a number that negated some of the fine offensive work by the power play.

The Ducks' longest trip, a seven-game jaunt that will keep them away from Honda Center for 18 days, is followed by the longest homestand, a six-gamer that begins on New Year's Eve. Anaheim also plays eight of nine on the road in late January-early February.
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