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
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, the club will have won eight of their 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.
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).

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60

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