Anaheim Ducks News
2-1-16: The Ducks are on the outside looking in as far as the Western Conference playoff race goes, but they have won their last three games and finished January with a record of 7-3-1. Anaheim next hosts the San Jose Sharks before heading to Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Kings.
1-27-16: Winners of their last three games, the Ducks enter the All-Star break with optimism after a 7-3-0 streak over their last 10 games. They own fourth place in the Pacific division but are within striking distance of the Sharks and Coyotes. Over 15 remaining games at Honda Center the average price for Anaheim Ducks tickets is $79.93 on the secondary market.
1-13-16: The Anaheim Ducks are on the outside looking in within the Pacific Division, trailing the Vancouver Canucks by three points for the fourth spot. The Ducks are in the middle of a eight-game home stand and have games against the Ottawa Senators, Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings remaining this week.
1-6-16: Going 5-2-3 in their last 10 games, the Anaheim Ducks hold onto the fourth spot in the Pacific Division but only trail second place by three points. The Ducks look for their second win a row against the Toronto Maple Leafs before taking on the St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings to finish the week.
12-23-15: It can only go up from here, as the Anaheim Ducks hold the last place spot in the Pacific division as the calendar heads to 2016. Their attempt at a turnaround continues against the Philadelphia Flyers at home before playing consecutive games on the road against the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks.
12-18-15: Things haven't clicked for the Anaheim Ducks this season, who sit at 11-14-15 through their first 30 games and own last place in the Pacific division. Over their final 24 games at Honda Center the average price for Anaheim Ducks tickets is $88.39 on the secondary market.
12-9-15: The slow start may be turning around for the Anaheim Ducks after picking up back-to-back quality wins against the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins. The last game of their six-game home stand is Friday night against the Carolina Hurricanes.
11-19-15: The Ducks have gone just 6-9-4 over the first 19 games and sit in fifth place in the Pacific division. They'll host their next home game against the Flames next Tuesday, where tickets own a secondary market average of $67.92 and the get-in price is just $14.
11-12-15: It has been a slow start for the Anaheim Ducks, who at just 5-7-4 find themselves in the lower half of the Pacific division standings. 32 games remain at Honda Center this season, and the average price for Anaheim Ducks tickets is $96.76 on the secondary market. The team's most expensive home game comes on November 23 against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, where tickets average $181.36 and the get-in price is $56.
5-28-15: For the third consecutive season, Anaheim missed a chance to close out a Stanley Cup Playoff series in Game 6 when up 3-2, as they fell to Blackhawks 5-2 Wednesday night. The Ducks played poor in their last two game 7’s as the Detroit Red Wings defeated them in the opening round in 2013, and the Kings beat them to close out the second round last season. The Ducks will be seeking their first Cup Finals appearance since 2007 when they won it all over the Senators.
5-25-15: The Ducks are on the verge of making their third Stanley Cup Finals appearance in franchise history after their 5-4 overtime win Monday night. Matt Beleskey scored 45 seconds into overtime to give Anaheim the victory. The Ducks scored three times before the Blackhawks' first shot on goal at in the first period. Anaheim sustained a Blackhawks comeback late in the third period. Game six is set for Wednesday night in Chicago.
5-24-15: The Ducks took a 4-3 lead in the third period Saturday night after scoring the second fastest three goals in NHL playoff history that took only 37 seconds. It trails only the Toronto Maple Leafs who had three goals in 23 seconds against the old Atlanta Flames in 1979. Chicago would tie the game late in the third period and win the game in overtime. Anaheim’s three losses this postseason have all occurred in overtime. Game five is set for Monday night in Anaheim.
5-22-15: Simon Despres scored his first career playoff goal Thursday night, as the Anaheim Ducks edgedthe Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in game three to take a 2-1 series lead. Despres was acquired by the Ducks from the Penguins at the trade deadline for Ben Lovejoy. Ryan Getzlaf had an assist in the game. He now has 14 this postseason, which is tops among all players in the playoffs. Patrick Maroon scored the other goal for Anaheim. Game four is set for Saturday night in Chicago.
5-20-15: Frederik Anderson made 53 saves Tuesday night but it still wasn’t enough as the Ducks fell to the Blackhawks 3-2 in triple overtime. Corey Perry did score in the game for the Ducks after he was held off the score sheet in game one. Perry and Lightning forward Tyler Johnson are tied for the playoff lead with 16 points. Perry has played four fewer games than Johnson. Ryan Getzlaf's 14 points are tied for third overall, and his 12 assists lead the playoffs. Game three is Thursday night in Chicago.
5-17-15: The Anaheim Ducks jumped out to a 1-0 series lead over the Blackhawks in the West Finals, after their 4-1 victory Sunday. The Ducks won the game despite getting zero points from both Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Nate Thompson, Kyle Palmieri, Hampus Lindhom, and Jakob Silverberg all scored for the Ducks, who improve to 9-1 this postseason. Frederik Anderson was rock solid in net for Anaheim as he stopped 32 of the 33 shots thrown his way. Game two is set for Tuesday night in Orange County.
5-11-15: The Ducks are now on the brink of advancing to the Western Conference finals after their 4-2
win over the Flames Friday night. Matt Beleskey got the game winning goal and Frederik
Anderson made 25 saves. The series now shifts to Anaheim for game five where Calgary hasn’t
won in over 20 games. Anaheim hasn't advanced to the conference final since winning the Stanley Cup in 2007.
5-6-15: The Ducks are no longer undefeated in the postseason, as Calgary beat Anaheim 4-3 in overtime Tuesday night. Corey Perry scored in the game which gave him a league-leading 14 points, and moved him ahead of Teemu Selanne into second on Anaheim's all-time playoff scoring list with 70 points. Teammate Ryan Getzlaf is tops with 86 points. Game four is Friday night in Calgary.
4-20-15: The Ducks swept the Jets right out of the playoffs last week, and will ample time and rest before their second round series with the Calgary Flames begin later this week. Despite what the matchup may look like on paper, Anaheim is in for a tough series with Calgary. The Flames are fearless and will give the Ducks all they can handle. How Anaheim deals with the top line of Sean Monahan, Jiri Hudler, and Johnny Gaudreau will be key.
The Ducks find themselves up 2-0 heading back to Winnipeg for game three Monday night. Anaheim took game one rather easily by a 4-2 margin, and narrowly slipped past the Jets 2-1 in game two. Jakob Silverberg beat Jets’ goalie Ondrej Pavelec with 21 seconds remaining in the game to seal the victory for the Ducks. Anaheim will have to play their best hockey yet once the series shifts to Manitoba.
4-13-15: The Ducks were the Pacific Division champs for the third straight year and have home-ice until possibly the Stanley Cup Finals. They’re healthy and have the best depth down the middle in their franchise’s history. Frederik Anderson is 4-1 in his past five games with a .928 save percentage. Anaheim will play the pesky Jets in the opening-round.
4-7-15: The Ducks have won four of their last five games. Overall, the Ducks are 8-3-0 in their last 11 games. Anaheim has clinched the Pacific, but now they need to fend off whichever team wins the Central to secure the West's top seed. If the Ducks win their final two games against Dallas and Arizona, then they will secure that top spot in the conference.
3-31-15: Anaheim won three out of four games this past week. The Ducks have seven victories in their last nine games, all of them but one game by a single goal. Anaheim will certainly win the Pacific and could finish first in the NHL. They must avoid the Kings or the Wild in the first round.
3-3-15: The Ducks picked up wins against Detroit, Los Angeles and Dallas this past week. With games against Montreal and Pittsburgh this week, it will be a good test to see where the Ducks stand. Anaheim was active at the deadline acquiring James Wisniewski, Thomas Fleischmann, and Simon Depres.
2-9-15: Anaheim keeps picking up points with an overtime win over Carolina and taking Washington to the shootout before losing. They had a convincing win over Nashville loss to Tampa Bay this past week. The Ducks have a 12-point lead on San Jose for the top spot in the Pacific, so the only real question now is can they win the conference and the Presidents' Trophy.
2-4-15: The Ducks had won eight of their last nine games before last Thursday’s embarrassing loss toSan Jose. They allowed six unanswered goals to fall behind 6-1 after two periods. They followed that up with a 4-1 loss against the Blackhawks this past Friday night. They have a huge game this Thursday at Nashville, which could determine who the best team in the NHL is.
1-26-15; The Ducks lead the NHL in points with 68 and are tied with the Islanders in wins with 31. The Ducks have overcome some adversity in the first half. Ryan Getzlaf is playing some of the best hockey of his career, but the Ducks ridiculous 21-0-6 record in one-goal games can’t last, right? Goalie Freddie Andersen has been rock solid in net this season.
1-22-15: Anaheim has won six out of seven games and simply can't be slowed down in one-goal games. With their 3-2 shootout win against the Kings this past Sunday, the Ducks are now 22-0-6 in one-goal games this season. Just an incredible stat. They have an 11-point lead over second-place Vancouver in the Pacific. Barring disaster, the Ducks will be Pacific Division winners this season.
1-14-15: The Ducks lost to the Rangers last Wednesday but salvaged a shootout win against Winnipeg after being down 4-2 heading into the third period last week. Anaheim is second in the NHL in total points but sits 16th in the league in goal differential. They’re piling up the wins, but have yet to face adversity this season.
1-7-15: The Ducks went 2-1-0 last week and are 12-3-1 in their past 16 games. Anaheim currently occupies the top spot in the Pacific, Western Conference, and NHL as a whole. The Ducks are a staggering 20-0-6 in one-goal games this season, and it’s only halfway through the season. That stat is simply amazing.
12-24-14: After winning seven straight to start December, the Ducks lost two out of three games to end a five-game road trip last week. They bounced back nicely Monday night by beating the Sharks
3-2 in overtime. The Ducks have the best record and most points (51) in the NHL right now. Anaheim is 17-0-5 in one-goal games this season.
12-10-14: The Ducks have four straight games, all by one-goal margins. They are 7-2-0 in their past nine games, but will be without Corey Perry for 3-4 weeks with a knee sprain. Anaheim currently sits atop the Pacific Division and, more importantly, the NHL. Winning the division will be key for the Ducks.
12-3-14: The Ducks surrendered 10 goals total in back-to-back losses to Chicago and San Jose last week. A 3-2 win over Calgary does keep them in front of the Flames in the standings. They had a good 3-2 win over a banged up Bruins club Monday night. They should have an easy game Wednesday night as they face the lowly Flyers.
11-26-14: The Ducks had been skidding, dropping six out their last seven, but have now strung together three consecutive wins. The Ducks going 4-1-4 in their past nine games has been a positive. Anaheim will have to fight off some quality teams to earn a top two seed for the playoffs, but they are doing an okay job as of now.
11-19-14: The Ducks keep picking up points by going to overtime, evident of their 4-3 shootout loss to Calgary Tuesday night. They have just two regulation wins in their last 11 games and one win of any kind in their last six contests. Their 6-2 loss to Florida at home was embarrassing. Are the Ducks an elite team? Maybe in the regular season they’re, but club has one playoff series win in five years.
11-12-14: The Ducks are struggling as they have dropped three straight games. They were all losses after 60 minutes. They have just two regulation wins in their past nine games. Despite their recent funk, Anaheim among the league leaders in points with 23 and remain one of top contenders for the Cup this season.
11-5-14: With the tour kickoff tomorrow, Stevie Wonder Madison Square Garden tickets average an incredible 129% higher than the average asking price of his "Songs In The Key Of Life" tour. With prices currently starting at $250, it's by far the most expensive date on the tour. November 22nd at Philips Arena in Atlanta is by far the cheapest, with tickets currently starting below $50.
10-29-14: The Ducks had their seven game winning streak snapped Sunday in a 4-1 loss to San Jose. Anaheim rebounded nicely with a 1-0 victory over Chicago as John Gibson posted a 38 save shutout. The Ducks look like the Stanley Cup contender everyone expected them to be. With 12 points in 10 games, Corey Perry is on pace for a career high in points.
10-22-14: Anaheim lost on opening night, allowing six goals to the Pens as John Gibson posted a .846 save percentage. Gibson was relegated to the bench and then to the minors. Since then, the Ducks have won five straight. Frederik Andersen has a .950 save percentage and has started five games, winning all five. Gibson is very young and very talented. There shouldn’t be any concern on his part. The net is Andersen’s to lose.
10-15-14: The Ducks got a strong rebound win, beating Detroit at Joe Louis Arena this past Saturday after getting rocked by Pittsburgh in their season opener. They followed that up by beating the Flyers 4-3 in the shootout Tuesday night. New addition Ryan Kesler has five points. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry each have six points for a Ducks team that should be a Cup contender once again this season. Frederik Andersen has been fairly solid for Ducks in net.
10-10-14: Coming off being one of the top teams in the NHL last season, the Anaheim Ducks dropped their season opener on the road, 6-4 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Anaheim was down 3-0 early before tying the game midway through the second period. However, they allowed two goals in the last five minutes of the period and were not able to make up the deficit. Corey Perry had a hat trick for the Ducks, with two goals in the second and one in the third, two coming on the powerplay.
10-6-14: Brad Winchester scored two goals and Louis Leblanc had two assists in the Anaheim Ducks' 5-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center Monday afternoon (9/22). Andrew Cogliano and Patrick Maroon also scored for the Ducks Jakob Silfverberg also scored an empty-net goal at in the third period. Alex Tanguay and Zach Redmond scored for Colorado. The Anaheim Ducks shut out the Colorado Avalanche 4-0 in second game of a split-squad matchup at Honda Center Monday night. Ben Lovejoy had a goal and Dany Heatley, Rickard Rakell and Brendan Bell also scored for the Ducks. The Ducks were then shut out by the Arizona Coyotes Tuesday night at the Honda Center 4-0 (9/23). Justin Hodgman scored two goals for the Coyotes. Lucas Lessio and David Moss scored in the first period and Hodgman made it 3-0 in the second. He scored his second of the game in the third to claim the win. The Ducks then faced off against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on Thursday (9/25) but were defeated in a shootout 4-3. Emerson Etem scored for Anaheim in the first period while Dany Heatley scored in the second. Los Angeles tied it up 2-2 however with goals from Dwight King and Jordan Nolan. Tyler Toffoli scored for the Kings before Anaheim’s Ryan Kesler tied it up 3-3. After a scoreless overtime period Dwight King sealed the deal for the Kings securing the 4-3 win. Anaheim also lost to the San Jose Sharks Saturday night (9/27) when Logan Couture and rookie Barclay Goodrow scored a goals apiece to lead the San Jose Sharks past the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 at SAP Center. Sunday night (9/28) Anaheim faced off again against their crosstown rival L.A. Kings losing 4-2. Robyn Regehr opened the game with a goal for Los Angeles before Jeff Carter clinched the game with a hat trick. Sami Vatanen and Emerson Etem scored the only goals for the Ducks.
6-26-14: Ryan Kesler traded from Vancouver to Anaheim in exchange for forward Nick Bonino, defensman Luca Sbisa, and the No. 24 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
5-12-14: After dropping Games 1 and 2 on home ice, the Ducks were in trouble heading to the Staples Center down 0-2 for Games 3 and 4. Thanks to rookie goalie John Gibson’s stellar performance in Game 4 and the Ducks are heading back to Orange County tied at 2-2. Starting a 20-year-old with three NHL games under his belt was an unconventional move by Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. However, it paid off and don’t be surprised if he rides Gibson from here on out.
5-5-14: The Ducks find themselves in unfamiliar territory for the first time this postseason. The Kings captured Game 1 with a 3-2 OT victory. Anaheim outplayed the Kings for the majority of the game. Jonathan Quick is one of best goalies in the NHL, and he gives the Kings a chance to win every night. One key for Anaheim is to get bodies in front of Quick to disrupt his vision and timing. They must get him out of his comfort zone. The Ducks do not want to go to the Staples Center down 0-2.
4-28-14: It wasn’t easy, but the Ducks found a way to beat the Stars and advance to the second round. Prior to this past Sunday, the home team had won all the games. Devante Smith-Pelley’s second goal of game 6 came with 24 seconds remaining in regulation that sent the game to overtime. Nick Bonino’s second goal of the game came 2:47 into overtime that sent the Stars home packing for the summer. Goaltending was an issue for Anaheim in this series and they will need to figure that out quickly for the second round. They will face the winner of Los Angeles/San Jose.
4-21-14: The Ducks have started off the postseason strong sweeping both games against Dallas at home. They won game one by a 4-3 score and game two by a score of 3-2. Ryan Getzlaf so far is having an interesting postseason. In game one, Getzlaf took a puck to the jaw from the stick of Tyler Seguin that required stitches. In the off day between games, his wife gave birth to their first child. He followed that up in game two with one goal and one assist; all while wearing a facemask over his lacerated jaw. Anaheim has won just one postseason round since its only Stanley Cup title in 2007.
4-14-14: The Ducks rebounded nicely from a difficult start to April, winning its final four games. The last three wins came against San Jose, Los Angeles and Colorado. A big question for Anaheim heading into the postseason is who starts in net for the Ducks? Jonas Hiller has struggled of late and has a .911 save percentage on the season. Frederik Andersen has better totals .923 save percentage but has only 28 career games under his belt. John Gibson, is a prospect, who went 3-0-0 with a .954 save percentage in his NHL debut this past week. The Ducks face the Stars in the first-round.
4-7-14: It was a bad week for the Ducks, who went 1-2-1. They rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat the Jets last Monday, came back from down 2-0 to the Oilers to win 3-2 last Wednesday before losing to the Predators 5-2 loss last Friday. They lost 4-2 to the Oilers this past Sunday with a chance to stake their claim to the division. They are still in the driver's seat to win the Pacific and avoid the Kings in the first round.
3-31-14: The Ducks have been somewhat of a disappointment in the second half. Remember when they were the NHL points leader? Remember when nobody could beat them? Well, those days seem to be numbered. They’re in jeopardy of not winning the Pacific Division and Bruce Boudreau’s team’s have the tendency be one and done in the playoffs. Ducks fans are hoping that’s not the case this season.
3-25-14: The Ducks snapped a two game losing streak by beating the Panthers 6-2 this past Sunday. They are 3-4-2 in their past nine games though. It’s going to be a battle with San Jose for the top spot in the Pacific and the right to avoid the Los Angeles Kings in the first round. Finishing first in the conference and potentially the NHL is still not out of the question for Anaheim.
3-17-14: Since starting the year 2014 with an eight game winning streak, the Ducks have only gone 9-8-2. Suddenly, Anaheim is in a dogfight with San Jose for the division crown. The Sharks are tied with the Ducks in points with 97. Bruce Boudreau’s squad must play better down the stretch to secure home ice in the West. The Ducks play the Sharks two more times this season and those two games very well could decide who wins the Pacific Division.
3-10-14: The Ducks have lost two straight games in a shootout. The Pacific division is Anaheim's to lose. The Sharks and Kings are both nipping at their heels and if the Ducks don’t find their game again, they may lose out on the division crown. They already have been overtaken by the Blues for the best overall record in the NHL. Anaheim should be fine come playoff time, but they do have competition.
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.
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