Ducks Weekly Report
FULL HOUSE: The Ducks recorded their 37th consecutive sellout last night vs. Detroit, drawing 17,174 to Honda Center...the 37 sellouts include 25 regular season and 12 playoff games...in August, the Ducks capped season ticket sales at 15,000 and started a waiting list for future orders...Anaheim recorded 25 total sellouts last season, the most since the 1997-98 season...the club's average attendance (16,377) and percent capacity (95.4%) were also the highest since the 1997-98 season.
HOME COMFORTS: Including a 2-1 record this season, the Anaheim Ducks are 48-12-12 in their last 72 regular season games at Honda Center dating back to Nov. 25, 2006...the Ducks have a .680 winning percentage (91-34-33, 215 pts.) over the last 158 home games, earning at least one point in 124 of those 158 contests (19-6-8 in the last 33 home games of 2002-03 season and 19-11-11 in 2003-04)…Anaheim finished the 2006-07 regular season with a home record of 26-6-9, tying the club record for home wins in a season (26-10-5 in 2005-2006)...the Ducks also went 10-2 at home in the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs, clinching all four series wins at Honda Center.
DID YOU KNOW?: Anaheim’s last two games against Minnesota and Detroit at Honda Center represented just the fifth set of back-to-back home games in franchise history…in 10 back-to-back home games all-time, the Ducks have posted a 6-4-0 record…the last time Anaheim played home games on consecutive nights was in March 2003...on Mar. 12, 2003, the Ducks defeated Chicago, 5-3, and then earned a 3-2 overtime victory over San Jose the next night.
A CHECK OF THE LEADERBOARD: Among National Hockey League leaders, center Ryan Getzlaf is tied for sixth in points scored (8) and ranks fifth in shots (28)…defenseman Chris Pronger is tied for the league lead in power play assists (5) and tied for third in power play points (5)…both Pronger and Francois Beauchemin are tied for second among NHL defensemen in points (6)...in addition, left wing Chris Kunitz is tied for second in power play goals (3)
THEN AND NOW: After eight games so far this season, Ryan Getzlaf has seen his ice time rise over eight minutes per game in comparison to his first eight contests in 2006-2007…through eight games last season, he had 2-2=4 points with 12:20 TOI…so far this year, he has 3-5=8 points and is averaging 20:58 TOI.
DUCKS MAKE MOVE: Yesterday, the Ducks recalled center Petteri Wirtanen from the Portland Pirates, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL)…Wirtanen, 21 (5/28/86), appeared in five games for Portland this season, going scoreless…last month, Wirtanen played in five preseason games with the Ducks, scoring 2-2=4 points with six penalty minutes (PIM) and a +2 rating…originally selected by Anaheim in the sixth round (172nd overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Wirtanen made his North American professional debut in 2006-07 with Portland. In 67 games with the Pirates, he recorded 7-11=18 points with 40 PIM.
RARE HAPPENINGS: Sunday's 2-0 loss to Minnesota marked Anaheim's first home shutout in 54 games at Honda Center...the 53-game streak without being shut out at home was the third-longest in team history (92 games, 4/9/95-10/10/97 and 54 games, 3/8/98-10/29/99)...prior to Sunday, the Ducks hadn't been held off the scoreboard at Honda Center since a 2-0 loss, Mar. 1, 2006 vs. Detroit.
MILESTONES ACHIEVED IN 2007-08:
Ryan Getzlaf 100th NHL point, Oct. 6 @ PIT
Chris Pronger 400th NHL assist, Oct. 15 vs. DET
MILESTONES IN REACH IN 2007-08:
Todd Marchant 2 appearances to 900 NHL games
George Parros 4 appearances to 100 NHL games
Rob Niedermayer 7 points to 400 NHL career