The 2013-14 NHL season is more than three months old and the Anaheim Ducks are still unbeaten in regulation at Honda Center.
Anaheim returned home for a game against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday and with a 1-0 victory increased its lead atop the overall standings with 75 points (35-8-5). The Ducks have won nine straight games at Honda Center, and their 19-0-2 home record is the League's fifth-longest home points streak from the start of a season in 41 years.
The 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers own the record of 26 straight.
"My save percentage and goals-against average isn't the best over this stretch, but it's the wins that count," said goalie Jonas Hiller, winner of a club-record 14 straight decisions after shutting out the Red Wings in a 22-save performance. "That's what keeps you happy. It's great to get a game with no goals against, but in the end, it's the win that I enjoy most."
The Ducks are the fifth team since 1973-74 to record at least one point in each of its first 20-plus home games in a season. Their 5-2 win against the Bruins last Tuesday also gave the Ducks their second eight-game home winning streak of the season. The last team to have two separate home winning streaks of eight or more games in the same season was the 2006-07 Calgary Flames, who won 10 straight from Nov. 7 to Dec. 12, 2006, and eight in a row from Jan. 4 to Feb. 3, 2007.
"It shows we can play with anybody," Ducks center Mathieu Perreault said. "Even when we play the better teams in the League, we're able to stand up and win games. It feels like we find ways to win games no matter what."
Not that the Ducks are slouches on the road. A 5-3 win at the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday made Anaheim the seventh team in NHL history to win 17 times in an 18-game stretch (17-1-0). The Ducks are 9-0-0 at Honda Center and 8-1-0 on the road during the run.
"It's great to be winning so many games," Hiller said. "It proves I play consistent and the team plays consistent over the last month and a half. I was a little worried tonight was going to be the night where something doesn't go right, but I'm really happy it worked out again."
Not surprisingly, there are a lot of smiles in the Ducks' dressing room these days.
"It can't get any better when you're winning like that," Perreault said. "Everyone has a smile on their face. It's fun to come to the rink every day. We've been enjoying ourselves quite a bit lately."
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