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Home Sweet Home

The Ducks will be spending most of the first half of January in the friendly confines of Honda Center

Tuesday, 12.30.2008 / 3:15 PM PT / Features
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Home Sweet Home

By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com

In what seems like the perfect remedy for a completed, chaotic road trip that began with one of their star players injured and ended with a much-needed win, the Ducks will be digging their heels in at Honda Center for seven of the next eight games through the middle of January.

"It's going to launch us to the end of the season," J.S. Giguere said of Anaheim's upcoming homestand. "We're a team that I think can play a little better. There is no better time to start than tomorrow (against Columbus)."

With their only road venture during the next 18 days being a short bus ride to Los Angeles on Jan. 8, the Ducks hope the influx of home dates builds momentum for the rest of their season as they try to improve their position (currently sixth) in the Western Conference standings.

“It’s very important,” said Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the homestand. “It’s going to launch us to the end of the season. We have a lot of work ahead of us. We’re a team that I think can play a little better. There is no better time to start than tomorrow (against Columbus).”

If history is any indication, there might not be a better opponent than Columbus for the Ducks to kick off their extended stay in Orange County. Along with defeating the Blue Jackets each of the last five overall meetings, the Ducks hold a 9-3-3 mark all-time when the series is played in Anaheim. It also doesn’t hurt the Blue Jackets are just 5-10-3 away from Nationwide Arena so far this season (although they beat the Kings in Los Angeles 2-0 on Monday for their first road win in five weeks).

"If I do get to go (the All-Star Game) it would mean a lot. I think I would owe that one to the fans. They are the ones that are going there and voting every day.This year they have done a terrific job as far as our team is concerned. It's never been seen before like this. Whoever said that we don’t have good fans here was just totally wrong. Yet again we’re proving that we have good fans and they are showing it right now." - Jean-Sebastien Giguere

“I don’t think anything other than the first one and that is tomorrow,” said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle of the span of home games. “We watched Columbus going into LA and play a real energetic game. They are playing well defensively. We have a huge challenge.”

Once the homestand expires on Jan. 14, the Ducks’ schedule enters a period that will see 15 of 20 games come on the road (including a season-long six straight from Feb. 20 through March 3). As a result, Anaheim knows they must capitalize on their current opportunity.

“After this homestand we’re going to have quite a bit of games on the road with trips to the East Coast,” Giguere said. “It’s going to be a tough go, so it’s important to try to get as many points as we can. Then once we go on the road, we can feel good about our team.”

Within that long road trip in January and February is the 2009 NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 25. And it’s looking more and more like not just one, but multiple Ducks will be starting on that night in Montreal.

Currently three Ducks (Giguere, Ryan Getzlaf and Scott Niedermayer) are in position to be named starters while another (Chris Pronger) is gaining ground. Holding onto the third forward spot in the West, Getzlaf (614,078 vote) has opened up a 225,606 gap between himself and the next vote-getter, Detroit’s Marian Hossa (as of 3 p.m. Pacific).

“I think it would be awesome,” said Getzlaf on the prospects of being an All-Star starter. “It’s a pretty big honor to be able to be voted in, especially if it’s my second All-Star Game. I think it’s a big tip of the cap to our fans, who have really come to be a part of the hockey world. They have obviously done an enormous job in voting and for that I thank them.”

"It's a pretty big honor to be able to be voted in, especially if it's my second All-Star Game," Ryan Getzlaf said. "I think it's a big tip of the cap to our fans, who have really come to be a part of the hockey world. They have obviously done an enormous job in voiting and for that I thank them."

Fans recently propelled Niedermayer (539,150 votes) into the second spot among West defensemen with Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom (531,331) now in third place. Pronger sits just 9,797 votes behind Niedermayer in fourth place. Leading among West goaltenders is Giguere (518,166), who is more than 70,000 votes in front of Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo.

“There is no better scenario for me if I get to go,” said Giguere, a Montreal native. “If I do get to go it would mean a lot. I think I would owe that one to the fans. They are the ones that are going there and voting every day.This year they have done a terrific job as far as our team is concerned. It’s never been seen before like this. Whoever said that we don’t have good fans here was just totally wrong. Yet again we’re proving that we have good fans and they are showing it right now.”

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 7 2 3 4 5
J. Silfverberg 7 0 5 1 5
R. Kesler 7 4 0 2 4
A. Cogliano 7 2 2 -1 4
S. Vatanen 7 1 3 4 4
C. Perry 7 0 4 -7 4
C. Fowler 7 1 2 -2 3
C. Stewart 7 1 2 2 3
D. Perron 7 1 2 3 3
H. Lindholm 7 0 3 6 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 3 2 0 .947 1.41
J. Gibson 0 2 0 .900 3.08


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