12-9-13: The Ducks had a tough schedule last week, playing Los Angeles at home before heading out on the road to face Chicago and St. Louis. Their games against the Kings and Blackhawks both went to the shootout, and the Ducks came away with one win and one loss. Against the Blues last Saturday, Anaheim convincingly won 5-2. The Ducks have two players in the top-five of NHL goal-scoring in Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Perry’s 18 goals is four back of Alex Ovechkin for the NHL lead, while Getzlaf is tied for fifth in the league with 16 goals.
12-2-13: Anaheim beat Calgary by a score of 5-2, lost to a more challenging opponent, 6-3 at the hands of the Stars, and then lost to San Jose. Not the greatest week for the Ducks. Teemu Selanne's numbers have dropped again this season. Selanne registered one point in every two games last year and is now registering one point in every three games this year. Selanne is converting shots to goals at around half his career rate
11-25-13: The Ducks continue to have the NHL’s best overall record and currently sit atop the NHL’s Western Conference. Anaheim went 2-2 last week with close losses to Pittsburgh and New Jersey. The Ducks did fair better in the latter half of the week with wins over Tampa and Phoenix. Their win over Phoenix was the Coyotes first home loss in regulation. The Ducks did acquire right wing Tim Jackman from the Calgary Flames for a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft last week.
11-18-13: It was not the greatest week for the Anaheim Ducks. They were beaten the Panthers, Hurricanes, and the Steven Stamkos less Tampa Bay Lightning. Ducks Goalie Frederik Andersen, who won his first six games as an NHL netminder, didn’t look good in Anaheim’s lost to the Panthers. He had a .880 save percentage in the game, which was only the second time in seven starts his save percentage was less than .925. To make matters worse, the Ducks sent down Andersen to AHL Norfolk after the game.
11-12-13: Bruce Boudreau’s squad moved to 7-0-1 in their last eight games by beating the Rangers, Coyotes, Sabres, and Canucks last week. They have the best overall record in the league and are playing like the league’s top squad. Dustin Penner struggled to stay out of the trainer’s room last season but this year is completely different. Penner has 12 points in 12 games played and has an impressive plus-18 rating. In total, seven Ducks are in double digits for plus/minus.
11-5-13: The Ducks finished their eight game road trip 5-2-1 and picked up wins against Columbus, Philadelphia, Buffalo and the New York Rangers. They return to the Honda Center for three straight home games and then hit the road again for another four games. Mathieu Perreault has been outstanding for the Ducks this season. In 16 games played, he has 13 points and is plus-8. He’s third on the team in scoring behind Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Teemu Selanne will be out a few weeks after oral surgery last week.
10-29-13: The Ducks improved to 2-2 on their eight road trip Sunday night by defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in Columbus, ending the Jackets three-game winning streak. Earlier in the week, Anaheim snapped a two-game skid by beating the Ottawa Senators 2-1. Anaheim continues to role along in the Western Conference. This current eight-game road trip they’re on will show many if these team has what it takes to compete for a Stanley Cup at year’s end. The loss of Saku Koivu and Jakob Silverberg to injuries will hurt the Ducks big-time. Especially Silverberg, who is out 4-6 weeks with a broken wrist. The Ducks are now 9-3-0.
10-21-13: A seven game winning streak has vaulted the Ducks into contenders in the NHL’s Western Conference. They have flown under the radar since being demolished 6-1 against the Avalanche on opening night. They erased a 3-1 deficit last Sunday to beat the Dallas Stars 6-3. Their offense quietly ranks fourth among all NHL clubs. This is the first time Teemu Selanne has had goals in three straight games since the 2011 Western Conference quarterfinals against Nashville.
10-14-13: The Ducks are off to another hot start this season posting a 4-1-0 record early on. Anaheim dropped won their contest 4-1 against the Ottawa Senators in Bobby Ryan’s return to Anaheim. The Ducks second line of Jakob Silverberg, Teemu Selanne and Mathieu Perrault have been their best line so far. The trio has combined for 6 goals and 6 assists. Anaheim’s penalty kill must improve though. The Ducks are currently dead last in the NHL clicking at a woeful 61.5%.
10-7-13: The Ducks started off the 2013-14 campaign with an ugly 6-1 loss in Denver, but rebounded with a gutsy come-from-behind overtime win against Minnesota. They blew leads of 2-0 and 3-1 versus the Wild but Mathieu Perrault’s overtime winner with .06 seconds left saved the day for the Ducks. Anaheim then beat the Jets in Teemu Selanne’s final visit to Winnipeg.
9-4-13: The Anaheim Ducks could be flying high after finishing last season, second in the West. Last season, also, boasted long contract extensions for Captain, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. However, with trading 3-time 30 goals scorer, Bobby Ryan, to the Ottawa Senators, defenseman, Shelden Souray sustaining an injury and with Hall-of-Famer-to-be, Teemu Selanne, still undecided, the new Pacific Conference could be a season that ruffles the Ducks feathers.
There is no question that Pacific Division teams will consistently have to bring their “A-game” nightly. Teams like, the Phoenix Coyotes, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks are revamped with new identities and touted as playoff contenders, adding to the likes of familiar foe in the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings.
8-21-13: Defensemen Sheldon Souray will be out four to six months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist.
8-3-13: The Ducks announced that they have signed 22-year-old right winger Kyle Palmieri to a three-year contract through the 2015-16 NHL season.
7-18-13: The Ducks announced today that the club has signed 30-year-old left wing Dustin Penner to a one-year contract through the 2013-14 season.
Ducks 2013 NHL Draft Summary:
Pick #26: Shea Theodore, D,
Pick #45: Nick Sorensen, RW
Pick #87: Keaton Thompson, D
Pick #147: Grant Besse, RW
Pick #177: Miro Aaltonen, C