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Morning Report: Ducks Aim for Eighth Straight Win

Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 10:35 AM PT / News
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Morning Report: Ducks Aim for Eighth Straight Win
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

After sweeping their five-game homestand and currently riding a seven-game winning streak, the Ducks look to accomplish a feat no team in the franchise's 20-year history has been able to do. If the Ducks win tonight, they will have won eight of their first nine games, a first in franchise history. Anaheim's best start through nine games was in 2006-07, when the club opened with a 7-0-2 record for 16 points.

Tonight marks the first of eight-straight on the road, and the first against the Toronto Maple Leafs (6-3-0). The Maple Leafs enter tonight's game on a two-game losing streak, but are 3-1-0 at Air Canada Centre.

Jonas Hiller is expected to get the start in net tonight, with Frederik Andersen serving as his backup. Viktor Fasth, who suffered a lower-body injury in practice last week, took part in the morning skate, but will not play. Luca Sbisa also skated this morning in Toronto. The 23-year-old defenseman sprained his ankle in Anaheim's preseason opener on September 16 against Phoenix, and has yet to see game action.

Devante Smith-Pelly was recalled from Norfolk of the American Hockey League, the Ducks announced today. Smith-Pelly, 21 (6/14/92), has appeared in six games for the Admirals this season, scoring two shorthanded goals (2-0=2) with a +2 rating and two penalty minutes (PIM). He played six preseason games for the Ducks last month, recording 1-2=3 points with eight PIM.

LINE COMBINATIONS
Kyle Palmieri-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry
Emerson Etem-Mathieu Perreault-Teemu Selanne
Daniel Winnik-Saku Koivu-Andrew Cogliano
Patrick Maroon-Nick Bonino-Jakob Silfverberg

Hampus Lindholm-Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler-Ben Lovejoy
Bryan Allen-Sami Vatanen

PENNER UPDATE
Dustin Penner
did not travel with the team, but continues to show improvement. He underwent tests was further evaulated yesterday in Orange County (per protocol).

TONIGHT'S GAME
The Anaheim Ducks (7-1-0) open a season-long eight-game, 15-day road trip that begins tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre (4 p.m. PDT, PRIME TICKET/AM 830)...the Ducks have won seven consecutive games to match the longest streak in franchise history, set originally from Feb. 20-Mar. 7, 1999...the seven-game streak is also tops in the NHL this season and the longest since Pittsburgh's seven-game streak from Apr. 5-22, 2013...Anaheim has won seven of its first eight games for the first time in club history, while the team's 14 standings points match the most the club has had through eight contests (also 14 points in 2006-07, 6-0-2...Anaheim's best start through nine games was in 2006-07, when the club opened with a 7-0-2 record for 16 points...in the 20-year history, no Anaheim team has won eight of its first nine games...the Ducks have outscored their opposition, 28-13 (shootout goals not included), during the seven straight victories...overall, Anaheim's 29 goals through the first eight games matches the club record originally set in 2012-13...following this evening's contest, the road trip will continue Thursday with a 4 p.m. PDT game in Montreal...Anaheim's Eastern Conference swing also includes stops in Ottawa (Oct. 25), Columbus (Oct. 27), Philadelphia (Oct. 29), Boston (Oct. 31), Buffalo (Nov. 2) and New York (Rangers, Nov. 4).

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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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07

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