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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 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 51 22 26 3 132 148 47
14 EDM 53 21 27 5 131 156 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 50 21 14 -2 35
R. Getzlaf 46 4 30 6 34
R. Rakell 47 11 15 1 26
R. Kesler 50 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 50 6 18 0 24
J. Silfverberg 50 6 11 -3 17
C. Stewart 44 7 9 1 16
A. Cogliano 50 5 11 -10 16
H. Lindholm 49 6 8 -4 14
C. Fowler 37 3 9 -9 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 10 8 5 .918 2.35
J. Gibson 12 7 2 .923 1.92

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