Ducks Notes: Long-Awaited Season Opener is Tomorrow Night
DUCKS OPEN 2012-13 SEASON ON ROAD AT VANCOUVER: The Anaheim Ducks open their 20th NHL campaign this Saturday at Vancouver (7 p.m. PST, FOX Sports West/AM 830)...all-time, Anaheim is 638-605-201 (1477 pts., .511%) in 1,444 games heading into 2012-13...over the last six seasons, the Ducks have posted a regular season record of 300-205-69 (.583 %), including a 173-85-30 mark at Honda Center (.653 %)...in season openers, the Ducks have compiled a 4-14-0 record over 18 seasons (no season in 2004-05), 14 of which have taken place on the road…Anaheim’s two-game opening road trip concludes on Monday, Jan. 21 at Calgary (6 p.m.)…the club then returns to Southern California to open its schedule at Honda Center with back-to-back contests vs. Vancouver on Friday, Jan. 25 (7 p.m.) and Nashville on Saturday, Jan. 26 (7:30 p.m.).
DUCKS-CANUCKS: The Ducks and Canucks will meet three times in 2012-13, twice at Rogers Arena (also Apr. 25) and once at Honda Center (next Friday, Jan. 25)…Anaheim heads into Rogers Arena with a 4-2-2 record dating back to the 2008-09 season…the club has not lost in regulation at Rogers Arena since Mar. 24, 2010, going 2-0-2 since Dec. 8, 2010…Bobby Ryan led the way against Vancouver in 2011-12, scoring a team-high 2-5=7 points in the four-game season series (2-1-1 Anaheim record)…all-time, Teemu Selanne leads the Ducks in career scoring vs. Vancouver, collecting 38-46=84 points in 72 contests.
DUCKS IN CALENDAR YEAR 2012: The Ducks were 24-15-6 (.600) for 54 points from Jan. 1 to the end of the 2011-12 regular season...from the start of 2012, Corey Perry ranked fourth in goals with 23 (Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin had 35, Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos had 34 and New Jersey’s Ilya Kovalchuk had 24)...in addition, Jonas Hiller co-led the league in starts and appearances (41), ranked sixth in wins (20), sixth in GAA (2.11).
A LOOK BACK AT 2011-12: The Anaheim Ducks finished the 2011-12 season with a 34-36-12 mark for 80 points…the club had the fifth-best record in the Western Conference with 54 points (24-15-6) from Jan. 1 to the end of the season…the club went 14-6-1 in its last 21 contests played at Honda Center (.690 win percentage)…over the last 44 games overall, Anaheim went 24-14-6…the club outshot its opponents in 26 of its last 35 contests (1,073-930).
BOUDREAU BEHIND THE BENCH: Bruce Boudreau was named the eighth head coach of the Anaheim Ducks on Nov. 30, 2011...the Ducks were 27-23-8 under his leadership in 2011-12...all-time Boudreau has compiled a 228-111-48 record in 387 career games as an NHL head coach with both Anaheim and Washington for a .651 win percentage…since his NHL debut as a head coach on Nov. 23, 2007, Boudreau is tied with Detroit’s Mike Babcock for the most standings points gained (504), and ranks second in wins (228 - just one behind Babcock)…among all active NHL head coaches (over any span of time), Boudreau’s all-time record currently ranks third in win percentage (.651), second only to San Jose’s Todd McLellan (.657) and Pittsburgh’s Dan Bylsma (.655).
#8 IS BACK FOR MORE: On Saturday, Teemu Selanne will open the 2012-13 season at 42 years, 6 months and 16 days as the oldest active player in the NHL and the oldest to ever compete in a Ducks uniform…he completed his 20th NHL season and 13th with Anaheim in 2011-12, scoring 26-40=66 points in 82 games…his 26 goals made him the second-oldest player in NHL history to have 26+ goals in a single season…Selanne and Gordie Howe are also the oldest two players to have at least 60 points in one season...in addition, Selanne’s 17, 20+goal seasons tie for the fifth-most in NHL history (many players)…he trails only Howe (22, 20+ goal seasons), Ron Francis (20), Dave Andreychuk (19) and Brendan Shanahan (19)…by appearing in every 2011-12 regular season contest, Selanne became the oldest player in NHL history (41 yrs, 279 days) to have appeared in all 82 games in a single season…only Nicklas Lidstrom (40 yrs, 347 days in 2010-11), Dave Andreychuk (40 yrs, 187 days in 2003-04), Mark Messier (40 yrs, 79 days in 2000-01) and Ron Francis (40 yrs, 36 days in 2002-03) appeared in all 82 games above the age 40…Selanne enters the 2012-13 season ranking 11th in all-time goals (two behind Jaromir Jagr), 42nd in all-time assists (seven behind Larry Robinson), 19th in all-time points (three behind Dale Hawerchuk), fourth in all-time power-play goals (one behind Phil Esposito) and sixth in all-time game-winning goals (three behind Brendan Shanahan)…in 1,341 career NHL games (WPG, ANA, SJ & COL), Selanne has scored 663-743=1,406 points with 248 PPG and 106 GWG.
THIRTYSOMETHING: With 31 goals in 2011-12, Bobby Ryan became the third Duck in franchise history to record four consecutive 30-goal seasons...Ryan, who has scored 31, 35, 34, and 31 goals in his last four seasons (2008-12), joined Teemu Selanne (1996-00) and Paul Kariya (1998-02) as the only Ducks to score 30-or-more goals in four straight campaigns...in addition, Ryan joined Alex Ovechkin as the only active players to accomplish the feat in their first four full NHL seasons and become one of seven NHL players with 30-plus goals in each of the last four years (also Jarome Iginla, Ilya Kovalchuk, Alex Ovechkin, Phil Kessel, Rick Nash and Patrick Marleau).
STRONG FINISH: Corey Perry led the Ducks with 37 goals in 2011-12, leading all Western Conference players and ranking tied for sixth in the NHL…the 2010-11 Hart Trophy Winner had 15 goals in his last 32 games (post All-Star break)…Perry’s 40 post All-Star break goals over the last two seasons (2010-11 & 2011-12) are five more than anyone else scored in the NHL in that time (Jarome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuk with 35, Steven Stamkos with 34 and Patrick Marleau with 32)...Perry also ranked tied for third in the NHL in PPG (14) in 2011-12.
IRON MAN: Ducks center Andrew Cogliano enters the 2012-13 NHL season ranking tied for third on the NHL’s active Iron Man list…he has not missed a game since his NHL debut with Edmonton on Oct. 4, 2007, having appeared in 410 consecutive games…the only players in the NHL who have played more games consecutively at this current time are Calgary’s Jay Bouwmeester at 588 and Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin at 581…Calgary’s Jarome Iginla meets Cogliano’s mark at exactly 410 consecutive games.
ON THE FARM: At the AHL level in Norfolk, forwards Peter Holland (C), Kyle Palmieri (RW) and Patrick Maroon (LW) have been leading the way in scoring, collecting 31 (12-19=31), 25 (13-12=25) and 22 points (11-11=22), respectively in 2012-13…among AHL rookie defensemen, Sami Vatanen currently ranks third in scoring with 4-17=21 points in 32 games…on the collegiate level, freshman Kevin Roy ranks third among NCAA freshmen in scoring (9-11=20 in 18 games), while leading Northeastern (Hockey East) in goals, assists and points…since his season debut on Nov. 30, Nic Kerdiles and the Wisconsin Badgers (WCHA) are riding a 10-game unbeaten streak (7-0-3) and a current six-game winning streak…Kitchener (OHL) goaltender John Gibson was named the tournament MVP at the recent IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia after going 5-2 with a 1.36 GAA and .955 SV% in seven games, leading the tournament in wins, GAA and SV%...his .955 SV% set a new Team USA record in the World Juniors, going back to the inception of the tournament in 1977.