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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 / 6:15 PM / 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 - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 


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