3-3-14: Two games and two victories for the Ducks this past week, including a 1-0 win against the Blues and a 5-2 victory over the Hurricanes this past Sunday. The Ducks are in a prime spot for the Presidents' Trophy and home ice throughout the playoffs. There are a few teams on their heels, but they looked sharp in their first two games back from break. The Ducks are outscoring teams 143-99 at even strength this season, and their plus-44 margin is the best in the league.
2-10-14: Anaheim has lost three out of four games and four out of six games since defeating the Kings 3-0 at Dodger Stadium. Their play has slipped, but they still remain in command of the Pacific. The Blues are inching closer for the top spot in the conference. The Sharks are seven points back in the division with a game in hand. Jonas Hiller has allowed 25 goals in his past 12 games, over which time he has a .923 save percentage.
2-3-14: The run that saw the Ducks win 18 of 19 games seems to be over. Since a 9-1 win over Vancouver, Anaheim has alternated wins and losses, including defeats at home against Winnipeg, Minnesota and Dallas. With a five-point lead on Chicago for the Presidents' Trophy, the Ducks can coast into the post-season. With a 1.45 goals for: goals against ratio, the Ducks are the NHL's most dominant team in five-on-five situations. Sky’s the limit for Anaheim this season.
1-27-14: Anaheim took back-to-back games from the Kings this past week, including Saturday's 3-0 shutout at Dodger Stadium. They are 10-2 in the month of January. It would take a monumental collapse for them to not win the West. Unless complacency sets in or the Blackhawks get red hot over the final two months, the West is the Ducks. Anaheim’s’ power play is 15-of-53 in January, a number bolstered by a 6-of-11 showing against the Canucks on Jan. 15.
1-20-14: The Ducks' only loss in 2014 came to Chicago this past Friday, and Anaheim still had enough left in the tank to post a win over an incredibly tough Blues squad in St. Louis the next night. Anaheim is 19-2-0 in its last 21 games played. The Ducks have a four-point lead on Chicago for the best record in the NHL and Anaheim is the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss at home. They’re 20-0-2 at the Honda Center.
1-13-14: The Ducks have won seven games in a row and 16 of their last 17. They are the best team in the NHL hands down and they have the Pacific Division all but wrapped up for them. They still need to hold off Chicago and St. Louis for the top spot in the conference and league. Ryan Getzlaf’s injury is the only concern for Anaheim right now. Teemu Selanne has 253 career power-play goals, the third most in NHL history.
1-7-14: Anaheim has won three straight games and 13 of its last 14, with the only loss coming at the hands of the San Jose Sharks. The Ducks are neck-and-neck-and-neck with Chicago and St. Louis for the Presidents' Trophy. They are tied with the Blackhawks at 67 points and have a game in hand, while the Blues are four points back with three games in hand on Anaheim.
The Ducks boast a 13-5-1 record and .684 winning percentage when trailing after the first goal.
12-30-13: The Ducks had their 10-game winning streak snapped in San Jose this past Sunday night. It was the first loss since Dec. 3 and first loss in regulation since Nov. 26, a span of 14 games. The Ducks are one of the best teams in the NHL. They are also one of the deepest teams in the NHL. The Ducks outscored their opponents 36-20 during their 10-game win streak. Ryan Getzlaf is a legitimate Hart Trophy candidate this season.
12-23-13: The Ducks have won eight straight games, and are currently the NHL’s top overall team.
Even without the eight consecutive wins the team just posted, Anaheim would be sitting pretty with a 18-7-5 record. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry sit second and third in Western Conference scoring and third and seventh in the NHL overall with 43 and 40 points respectively. Getzlaf is legitimate Hart Trophy candidate this season, and the Ducks are poised for deep playoff run.
12-16-13: The Ducks held off a feisty Oilers squad this past Sunday, earning a 3-2 victory to extend their winning streak to six games. They previously had lost eight of their last 11 prior to the streak and are now chasing down Chicago for the top spot in the West. Anaheim will head East to play their next four games on the road against the Red Wings, Devils, Islanders and Capitals. They could return home from this road trip winners of 10 straight.
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