Morning Report: Ducks Aim for Eighth Straight Win
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.
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
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).
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).